Get to know your cooperative departments
As we continue our series of getting to know co-op employees and their duties, we look at two different departments for you to meet. Both serve vital roles at the cooperative.
Trees and other vegetation contacting power lines and other electric facilities are one of the main causes of power outages, especially during severe weather events. Therefore, in the forestry department, two employees, Chase Graham and Austin Swango, are responsible for keeping the right-of-way clear. With more than 1,500 miles of line, it’s a year-round job.
Both men have a lineworker background and know the EnerStar system well. So, their job is more than just trimming trees. They are an extra set of eyes on the electric system that can spot issues before they become problems. Graham began his employment at the cooperative in 2013 and became full-time this past January. He graduated from Ivy Tech with an associate degree in applied sciences and received his lineman certification form Northwest Iowa Community College. Swango began his employment as an intern in November 2016 while attending Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield where he to received his lineman certification. He became a part-time employee in January 2017.
The Boy Scouts have nothing on an electric cooperative with good supply chain management skills. Keeping a warehouse stocked with proper equipment, as well as the service trucks prepared for a day in the field or a storm that may pop up, is Galen Satterfield. And because of his mad carpentry skills, he also keeps the cooperative office in ship shape.
Galen began his employment at EnerStar in September 2003. He was previously employed as a computer programmer at GTE/Verizon and retired after 27 years of service. He holds degrees in computer science from Southern Illinois University and in business administration from Indiana State University.
Forestry and warehouse departments are important spokes in the wheel at our cooperative!