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News and Media Statements from UDWI Board of Directors
Apprentice training adds co-op value
UDWI is always working to provide the best service possible to our members. Accomplishing that goal includes continuous training for our skilled professionals.
We are proud to announce that Kolby Hutton recently graduated from the Hoosier Energy Apprenticeship Training and Safety (HEATS) program. Graduates in the 39th class include line workers, substation mechanics and meter-relay technicians. The ceremony for the 2018 class was held in early November at the French Lick Resort.
Twenty-eight participants in the program received diplomas, marking the completion of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, coupled with more than 500 hours of classroom instruction.
“When we hear the term ‘skilled labor’ we sometimes don’t always know what that means,” said Doug Childs, UDWI CEO. “For HEATS graduates, it means specialized training in their respective field to learn more in order to provide the best service possible for their co-op members.”
Hoosier Energy Training and Safety Instructor Dave Helton commended the participants saying the first two weeks of training are both mentally and physically challenging.
“We are very proud of this year’s graduates. They have worked hard. This class is ready to serve members and be safe while on the job,” said Helton.
The Hoosier Energy Apprenticeship Training and Safety (HEATS) program trains member cooperative employees in several disciplines, including: line workers, meter-relay technicians, substation personnel, power plant maintenance mechanics, electricians, and instrumentation and control technicians.
The program also offers skill improvement courses. HEATS apprentices earn associate’s degrees through a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College. The program requires 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, classes at Hoosier Energy’s Franklin Training Center, and 576 hours of classroom instruction.
HEATS is accredited by the U.S. Department of Labor and is recognized nationwide as a best-in-class model for the industry. Over 600 cooperative employees have graduated from the program since it began in 1975.
Meter testing in progress
UDWI meter technicians will be performing routine meter tests in our entire service territory over the next few years. Each employee will be driving white utility vans with our logo placard. Be sure to identify these items before approaching any vehicle that may be in your area. Report any suspicious behavior to your local law enforcement office. Please see the dated message below or “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on current testing locations.
8/24/2018 - Technicians will be in the Cory substation area for the next few months.
Pole testing in progress
UDWI has Resource Asset Management Solutions, or RAMS, working in the Center Point, Cory, Poland, Prairie City, Saline City, Stearlyville, and Guthrie areas. This company is testing our poles from now until the end of the year. The crews will be wearing yellow traffic vests, carry identification badges and display the “UDWI REMC Vendor” magnet on each truck. The workers will also have a letter of introduction from UDWI to verify their authenticity. Be sure to identify these items before approaching any vehicle that may be in your area. Report any suspicious behavior to your local law enforcement office.
10/24/18 - Crews will be taking pole samples in all areas over the next week.
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