After serving the country in the military, veterans are exploring careers in the line trade. With their dedication, perseverance and strong work ethic, they can often be successful as lineworkers, where they can continue to serve their communities by keeping the lights and power on for customers.
For our September Line Life podcast, which is sponsored by Huskie Tools, we are highlighting two employees of Duke Energy, which has won several awards for its support and employment of veterans. The company currently employs 2,000 military veterans, and this episode highlights interviews with Tyler Klemas and Troy Ross.
After transitioning out of the Marines, Klemas worked as a police officer before joining Duke Energy as a senior business systems specialist. Ross served in the U.S. Army and as a correctional officer. He is now a network specialist at Duke Energy working the underground cables in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Klemas encourages veterans to look at careers in the energy industry, and he says it’s imperative to get the word out there about careers in the line trade.
“If you are in the military, look at line work,” he says. “When I got out of the military, I thought my options were extremely limited, and I really wish I would've known about the trade. Whenever I talk to veterans, whether they were infantry or not, I tell them there's somewhere in that puzzle that they will fit. There are so many opportunities out there.”
To listen to the episode, click on the link below. You can also learn more about the opportunities for veterans in the utility industry by reading the article in the September 2022 Lineman Supplement.
Veterans in the Line Trade Podcast Series
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