Careers in Energy: a great fit for a host of talents and interests
The employees who power your electric co-op bring diverse skills to their jobs. This year, to highlight Careers in Energy Month, we talked to professionals in our Forestry and IT departments.
Andy Olson, forestry services supervisor, 10 years.
Andy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Forestry/Arboriculture, hands-on experience as a tree service contractor, and continuing education in the industry. He oversees ECE’s program to manage trees and brush along the overhead power lines to help achieve our goal of delivering safe, reliable power to you.
“I love working in the outdoors, interacting with many different people, and I’m not afraid of challenges. Working with trees and vegetation is truly an art and a science. My degree helps me understand the science behind managing vegetation. Working at ECE has allowed me to build a career in a place I enjoy living. I meet and work with great people and get excited about going to work each day. There has never been a bigger demand for workers in this field. There is a lot of potential for anyone wanting a challenging, interesting career with plenty of opportunity for growth.”
Joyce Sundberg, SharePoint administrator/trainer in ECE’s Information Technology (IT) department, 18 years.
Joyce designed, develops and manages ECE’s intranet and administers software training for employees and board members. A working knowledge of Windows® and Microsoft Office® programs and training in Microsoft SharePoint® web development are necessary for her job.
“Working in IT is a great job for someone who enjoys change and likes to be challenged. No two days are the same. Technology changes rapidly, and for me, this provides development opportunities every day. The insight I have gained from my co-workers in IT is especially important to me. ECE allows me to continuously develop my technology expertise and to share this knowledge with employees to help serve our members. I’m given the opportunity to grow, not only within the organization but also as a person. I’m proud and grateful to work at a company which has allowed me to balance my career and my family. It’s exciting and motivating to be an employee of ECE.”
Careers in Energy Month facts:
(Source: Powering America report)
- The electric power industry provides nearly 2.7 million jobs across the United States.
- Jobs range from engineer to lineworker, customer service to electrician, forestry to information technology.
- Today’s electric power industry is not the same as it was 20 years ago, or even five years ago. The industry continues to transform rapidly, and electric companies today are providing new energy solutions to meet changing needs and expectations.
- On average, employees work in the industry for more than 15 years, in careers that support their families and anchor them in their communities.