Apprenticeship program helps graduates improve quality of cooperative service

EnergyLines November/December 2018

 

The Hoosier Energy Apprentice Training and Safety (HEATS) program honored the 39th graduating class on Nov. 2 at the French Lick Resort.

 

The training program provides line specialists and other co-op employees with specialized training that develops technical skills and safety excellence.

 

The 2018 class included 12 indentured apprentices and seven non-indentured employees. Line apprentices complete 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Indentured graduates also take four college-level courses to earn an Associate’s of Applied Sciences degree from Ivy Tech.

 

Hoosier Energy apprentice Arron Price earned a special academic award for earning the highest grade-point average.

Hoosier Energy administers the nationally recognized HEATS program through a master committee with certification by the U.S. Department of Labor and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. This program began in 1974. Since then, it has graduated 658 apprentices.

 

During the award ceremony Hoosier Energy Chief Executive Officer Steve Smith addressed the graduates.

 

“Through the years, this program has expanded and holds a special place in the cooperative world. As graduates of the HEATS program, your role at your co-op has now expanded as you work to support and mentor those that will follow in your footsteps,” said Smith.

 

Before the evening ended, Safety and Training Instructor Dave Helton left the graduates with parting words of wisdom.

 

“The most important tool that we have to use in the field is each other. Be safe so everyone goes home every night,” said Helton.

 

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