Safe, reliable, affordable electricity line by line

Linmen by the Numbers Infographic

Basin Electric‘s linemen play an important role in the co-op’s mission to provide affordable, reliable, safe electricity to its members.

“If a line goes down, the power can’t get from Basin Electric’s power plants to our members,” Dustin Gullickson, lead lineman at Logan Transmission System Maintenance (TSM) south of Minot, ND, says.

While some aspects of a lineman’s job can be monotonous, they play a crucial part in ensuring reliability.

“We don’t want issues to arise,” Lance Ottmar, lead lineman at Mandan (ND) TSM, says. “That’s why we do ground patrols and try to stay on top of maintenance. That way the lines are in good shape. So if a storm comes through, the lines hold up to it and the power stays on.”

Learn more about the job of a Basin Electric lineman in Life on the Line, in the March-April issue of Basin Today.

See the April 11 Live Wire post, #ThankALineman today for National Lineman Appreciation Day, for a graphic showing the different gear linemen wear on wood poles and steel structures.

Dustin Gullickson, Basin Electric lead lineman (left), reviews the maintenance task with Journeyman Lineman Brian Lakoduk.

Dustin Gullickson, Basin Electric lead lineman (left), reviews a maintenance job with Journeyman Lineman Brian Lakoduk.

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