News in Apprenticeship

News in Apprenticeship

Safety, Excellence & Honor Highlights the 16th Annual Florida Lineman Competition

by Garnie Holmes - Florida Municipal Electric Association

The 16th annual Florida Lineman Competition (FLC) was held March 11-12, 2016 in Orlando and was hosted by the Orlando Utilities Commission. The competition put the technical and physical skills of utility lineworkers to the test in a crowd-pleasing display of skill and teamwork.

Spectators gathered at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside to watch as 21 Journeyman teams, and 61 Apprentices competed in challenges that simulate day-to-day utility operations. Lineworkers competed on two levels: Journeyman and Apprentice.

On the Journeyman level, JEA’s team comprised of Robert Hess, Clay Cook, Brian Gregg, and alternate Deryl Basford took first place overall. Coming in second place overall at the Journeyman level was Clay Electric Cooperative’s team of Matt Hickey, Dave Poncher, and Damian Stewart. The City of Tallahassee’s team of Chad Granger, Ashton Baggett, and Michael Grambling, took home third place overall.

On the Apprentice level, Ocala Utility Services Kyle Cupal placed first overall. John Wooding from Lakeland Electric placed second overall on the Apprentice level. The City of Tallahassee’s Corey White placed third in the overall Apprentice event.

“We thank everyone who participated in making this exciting event another success and especially our host, Orlando Utilities Commission,” said FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline. “Our goal is to work safely and continue improving. We look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 17th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Lakeland!”