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Shadow Stories: Donald Leiching

Dec. 4, 2019
In our first installment of our "Day in the Life" series, we are featuring a Q&A with the founder of a pre-apprentice training school in upstate New York.

Donald Leiching of Saugerties, New York, shares his experiences founding the Line Institute of the North East, a training school in upstate New York. For the last two years, he has worked to train the linemen of the future. Do you want to be profiled? Fill out the survey here. 

Q: What are some of your key responsibilities in your position?
A: As a former lineman of 25 years and a manager of seven-plus years, I founded a pre-apprentice lineman training school.

Q: Where did you get your training and education, and how did you get interested in working in your particular job?
A: I did my apprenticeship in the Washington, D.C. area, and I first became a journeyman in Seattle. I also worked in California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. 

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: Teaching my trade to others.

Q: What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now? 
A: Teaching a very expanded and successful line school.

Q: What is your advice for young workers who are just starting a career in your particular field?
A: Get the training from the right people.

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