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Spotlight on the Line Trade: Paul Congleton

Oct. 31, 2023
Paul Congleton says he enjoys working on larger reconductoring projects.

E-J Electric

  • Born in Ogdensburg, New York
  • Married to his wife, Stacey. They have two daughters: Evie, 7, and Maddie 4.  
  • Enjoys downhill skiing in the winter and boating and camping in the summer.
  • Moved to Yonkers, New York, in 2010 to start his apprenticeship for IBEW Local 1249.
  • Currently working on replacing double express aerial cable feeders in Jamaica Queens.

Early Years

I attended university out of high school, but after a few years, I found I needed to be working with my hands outdoors. I heard of a training school in Georgia, and I attended Southeast Lineman Training Center in the beginning of 2007. I’ve been in the trade ever since.

Day in the Life

I am currently a working foreman in the field for E-J Electric in Queens, New York. I perform distribution maintenance for Con Edison. It’s my job to see the safe, timely and efficient completion of the projects, which are typically reconducts.

Safety Lesson

The birth of my first daughter changed the way I approach the daily tasks and made me more safety conscious. I realized then that I have a duty to return home each day in the safe, healthy way in which I went in.

Memorable Storm

My first big storm was Superstorm Sandy in 2012. We ran seven- to 16-hour days for a month, and then did post-restoration for three months. It was my first really grueling schedule, but I found that, even though it can be tiring, the appreciation from the general public was rewarding.

Tools and Technology

One of the better tools I have purchased recently has been battery-operated cable cutters. Though expensive, they have saved straining my elbows having to use bypass loppers. The battery-operated tooling has made tasks faster, safer and easier on the body.

Future Plans

I have no regrets over my career path I have chosen. I only hope to stay safe and healthy so that I can provide for my family and enjoy a good retirement with my wife.

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