It takes internal fortitude and a mission-oriented outlook to be a Co-op employee whose main purpose is to work for the best interest of the members. PVREA employees are responsible for keeping power flowing day and night, regardless of the weather outside, national holidays, vacations, birthdays, weddings or other important family milestones. This service-oriented mentality is a hallmark characteristic of our Co-op’s employees. A role at the Co-op requires a commitment that goes beyond punching the time clock every day and includes dedicated training, family support and community commitment.
To perform their jobs successfully, PVREA employees undergo years of training; they depend on their experience and each other to get their job done safely. To become a lineman, one must go through a four-year apprenticeship, schooling, testing, and hours of work under a journeyman. Keeping the books for a co-op requires training in the co-op business model and not-for-profit entities; our accountants are trained specifically for their job at the Co-op. Engineers adhere to strict federal guidelines for electric distribution standards and are trained specifically for how a utility should provide the power to the end user – you. These are just a few examples of how our employees are quality trained individuals who keep up with continued education to provide safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to our members.
Family Support System
Equally important is their reliance on a strong support system at home. A co-op employee’s family, especially those of linemen, understands and supports their loved one’s commitment to the greater community during severe storms and power outages. For our linemen and support staff during a prolonged outage, they may have minimal communication with their family and may miss important family events. Without strong family support and understanding, this challenging job would be all the more difficult.
In Northern Colorado and across the country, electric co-op employees have a mission-focused mentality of helping others , which often extends beyond their commitment to their work at the Co-op. Co-op employees are often familiar figures in the community. They can be found coaching youth sports teams, volunteering for local charities, and serving on local advisory boards.
For example, a PVREA Working Foreman serves as a local volunteer fireman. A PVREA Member Service Representative is a volunteer with a local sheriff’s office. Many employees are involved with organizations like the local Lion’s Club, Optimist Clubs, Junior Achievement Programs, and school booster clubs.
Given the dedication of PVREA’s linemen and employees, both on and off the job, I encourage you to take a moment and acknowledge the many contributions they make to our local community. We recently celebrated Lineman Appreciation Day and thanked our crews for their hard work and dedication, and we also celebrate and thank all the employees at the Co-op who work to keep the lights on. If you see their family members in the grocery store or out and about in the town, please offer them a thank you as well.
President & CEO