Student Learns What It Takes to be a Lineman

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Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative hosted Lackawanna Trail student Sean Gilroy for a job shadowing experience on March 31, 2023. Sean reached out to Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium (NTIEC) to assist him in exploring a career as a lineman.

During his visit, Sean learned about electrical safety and the cooperative business model. He had the opportunity to observe a line crew change oil circuit reclosers and interview several linemen regarding actual working conditions. Sean also spent time with Nick Berger, senior director of engineering and operations, learning what character traits, skills, and education are helpful when pursuing a career as a lineman.

The Claverack team also shared the schools in various parts of the country that offer the education and training necessary to become a lineman. Sean commented, “My time shadowing showed me new aspects that go into the field. I was able to see the equipment needed to fulfill the job in action and with trained professionals.” He also spoke about the dangers that come with the job and “the safety measures they use to mitigate the risks.”

Overall, Sean had an amazing experience, and NTIEC is so grateful to be able to partner with Claverack to provide various educational opportunities to our area youth.

April 10 was National Lineworker Appreciation Day.

If you are interested in learning more about a career as a lineman, reach out to Deb Tierney at or call 570-278-5038.

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