Nearly 100 students competed April 21 in the 2023 College Lineman Rodeo at Metropolitan Community College’s Applied Technology Center.
Through its Utility Line Technician program, MCC trains students to enable them to join an electric utility or a utility contractor as an apprentice line tech.
The competitors came from postsecondary schools across the Midwest.
They showcased their skills while competing in events that simulated many tasks line technicians perform, including framing, changing out cross arms and scaling 40-foot poles.
More than a dozen OPPD Transmission & Distribution employees served as judges for the rodeo. They also watched for outstanding competitors who might eventually end up working for OPPD.
“It was a great opportunity to bring everyone together,” said Sean Lane, T&D field supervisor at the Papillion Service Center. “For us judges, it was a great way to give back to our local line school and see the upcoming talent.”
Photos by Lindsey Liekhus and Jaclyn Arens
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