by Lydia Weaver, Community Relations Specialist
What is linework?
“It’s the most fun you never expected,” SVEC second-class lineworker James Gennaro says.
The cooperative’s Winchester office opened its doors to about 40 students for its first “Day in the Life of a Lineworker” in October. Students from Winchester and Frederick County participated, with all four area public high schools — John Handley, Sherando, James Wood and Millbrook — represented.
They observed SVEC’s lineworkers, including Gennaro, demonstrate outage restoration of a downed line, rescue a mannequin simulating a hurt crew worker atop a pole, and show a live-line demonstration of how fuses blow. Students also got hands-on by exploring bucket trucks and using
safety gear and tools of the trade to have a real feel of the job’s daily tasks.
The day included a brief presentation about the co-op and various career opportunities, plus a video presentation from Southside Virginia Community College’s Power Line Worker program.
Students finished with an informal Q&A with lineworkers over lunch.