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The Linemen Behind Your Power

Our linemen are ready for the call, and work as quickly as possible to restore power after an outage. However, safety is always our first priority. Every day, every time.

We want to make sure our employees go home SAFE to their families every single day.

Tricounty Electric Cooperative, part of the Ohio's Electric Cooperatives network, is committed to providing lineworkers with workplace training and education that’s focused on safe work performance, using-up-to-date occupational practices and equipment. That's why our network of co-ops trains at our one-of-a-kind 7,500-foot Central Ohio Linemen Training (COLT) Center in Mt. Gilead, Ohio.

Since COLT’s 2004 inception, Ohio electric cooperatives have experienced a reduction in serious work-related injuries, at a time when industry averages for such injuries have increased. The COLT facility enables the replication of on-the-job scenarios, and allows workers to learn best practices in a protected environment.

The COLT facility is equipped with:

  • 19 poles under roof — nine for climbing exercises, plus five with 3-phase line, and five with single-phase line, for de-energized and energized exercises using high-voltage, low-amperage transformers
  • Energized underground open-loop system with pad-mounted electrical equipment
  • Specialized training stations replicating actual equipment used in cooperative systems
  • Exhaust system allowing for indoor operation of diesel-powered trucks and equipment
  • 16 aces of field training plus classroom space for teaching and testing




Want to learn more about what a day in the life of a lineman is like?

Check out this feature, which interviews co-op linemen from around the state. Find out how they start their day, what their favorite part is, and what those 3 am outage calls are like.


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