Wake Forest Power lineworkers perform well at 2018 NCAMES Linemen's Rodeo

Five Wake Forest Power linemen participated in the 21st Annual North Carolina Association of Municipal Electric Systems (NCAMES) Lineman's Rodeo on May 17 in Morganton, NC.

Hugo Mier, Joe Shearin and Jason Shambley competed in the Journeyman division, while Jason Walter and Lonnie Wilson competed in the Apprentice division.

In the Journeyman category, Mier finished first in the Hurt Man Rescue and Cross Arm Changeout, and second in the Bell Change Out, while Shearin placed third in the Hurt Man Rescue.

In the Apprentice division, Walters finished second in the Rope Toss and Wilson came in third in the Hurt Man Rescue.

A qualified Journeyman has more than five years of experience in line work, while a qualified Apprentice has less than five years of line work experience.

The NCAMES Lineman's Rodeo is an opportunity for public power lineworkers in North Carolina to put their skills to the test and compete against their peers in several job-related categories. Each contestant is scored on safety procedures, work practices, equipment handling, neatness, and timely completion of the event. The linemen rely on their daily work practices to excel in these events.

The purpose of the NCAMES organization is to promote the interest and welfare of Municipal Electric Systems of the state of North Carolina; to assist these systems in the advancement in the design, construction, maintenance, administration, and operation of these systems; to develop improvements in safety and training; to encourage closer relationships between these systems; to encourage the adherence of municipal electrical supervisors to a higher professional standard; and to offer an opportunity to discuss and exchange information , ideas and experiences and through these purposes to encourage and promote municipal electrical service.

For more information, contact Public Works & Utilities Director Magda Holloway at 919-435-9571 or mholloway@wakeforestnc.gov.