Bluebonnet's 100th apprentice graduates from program


Bluebonnet's first class of apprentice line workers graduated in 2012. From left to right are Kyle Kasper, Chance Els, John Matejcek, Chad Weiss, Gary Barabaras, Aaron Seeliger, Brandon Johnson (instructor) and Clinton Tiner. Some continue to serve as journeyman linemen, while others oversee crews or service centers. Photos by Sarah Beal

By Alyssa Dussetschleger

In early 2021, John Horton was the 100th line worker apprentice to graduate from Bluebonnet's program and become a journeyman lineman.
We’re celebrating a new milestone! Earlier this year, Bluebonnet’s 100th line worker apprentice, John Horton, graduated. Apprentices go through approximately four years of coursework and on-the-job learning to earn the designation of U.S. Department of Labor-certified journeyman linemen. 

Bluebonnet began offering an apprentice program in 2004. We currently have 27 apprentices and 79 journeyman linemen on staff. 

Bluebonnet’s apprentice program requires 672 hours of technical instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning. The program generally takes four years, though previous experience and education can speed things along. Some apprentices start right out of high school, while others have had years of experience in utility line work or other fields.

On-the-job training focuses primarily on building overhead power lines, though apprentices also learn about underground lines and transmission of power at substations. One of the most technical tasks an apprentice must learn in the field is the proper way to connect meters, including large commercial meters.  

The final step in becoming a Bluebonnet journeyman lineman is demonstrating the capability of troubleshooting an outage and making the needed repairs.

Check Bluebonnet’s Facebook and Twitter pages on April 12, Lineman Appreciation Day, for a tribute to Bluebonnet’s line workers. Feel free to thank them there.


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