WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Mid-State Technical College Metering Technician apprentices recently received special recognition for earning their journeyworker credential, a culmination of 5,760 hours of on-the-job learning and three years of classroom training. The achievement was marked by a Jan. 16 graduation banquet at the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association Joint Superintendents' Conference in Wisconsin Dells.
“It’s so rewarding to celebrate our apprentices’ success,” said Mandy Mayek, Mid-State’s apprenticeship and work-based learning coordinator. “Completing an apprenticeship and attaining journeyworker status is no easy feat. It requires intelligence, a strong work ethic and determination and is an accomplishment to truly be proud of.”
Mid-State is the only technical college in the state of Wisconsin to offer the Metering Technician apprenticeship, which provides the training needed to install, troubleshoot and service meters. Metering technicians also verify equipment security, investigate power diversions and collect physical evidence of illegal taps.
One of the new graduates, Candice Glowinski, seized the opportunity to work on meters and say goodbye to full days behind a desk where she always felt “pretty restless.” Glowinski was originally hired in 2008 as a seasonal employee in the customer care center at We Energies, eventually transitioning to the electric meter shop. “As a kid I was always a tomboy, running around until my mom made me come inside,” she said. “I was lucky to find something that’s such a good fit for me.”
Thanks to her apprenticeship training, today Glowinski works as a meter servicer (Journeyworker) for We Energies and services up to 20 meters per day, usually on the ground or on a ladder but sometimes high up in the bucket truck. “A lot of people think it’s scary, but every time I get the chance, I always say, ‘Me, me!’” she said.
According to Mayek, Glowinski represents the potential for women to achieve success in the trades. “I would love to see more women pursue apprenticeship as a career path,” said Mayek. “I’m thankful for apprentices like Candice who serve to illustrate that women can be as knowledgeable, skilled and successful in the construction and industrial trades as their male counterparts.”
For more information about the apprenticeships available through Mid-State, visit mstc.edu/apprenticeship.
Mid-State Technical College Metering Technician apprenticeships were recognized for earning their journeyworker credential at a graduation banquet on Jan. 16 in Wisconsin Dells. Pictured (front row, from left) are Candice Glowinski, Ed Crownhart (Instructor) and Peter Trapani; and (back row, from left) Hernan Rodriguez, Michael Okla, Timothy Schmidt and Chad Lee. Other graduates not pictured: Brandon Ahrens, Jacob Hipsher and Nicholas Swan.
Candice Glowinski works on a meter while performing her duties as a meter servicer for We Energies. Glowinski earned her journeyworker status after completing Mid-State’s Metering Technician apprenticeship.
About Mid-State Technical College
Mid-State, one of 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, offers associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates in a variety of high-demand fields. With campuses in Adams, Marshfield, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids, the College district serves a resident population of approximately 171,370. Mid-State’s supportive environment, state-of-the-art technology and faculty with professional experience in the fields they teach provide Mid-State graduates with real-world skills, knowledge, experience and confidence they need for an in-demand career. More than 9 in 10 Mid-State graduates are employed within six months of graduation. Visit the College’s website at mstc.edu.
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