FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — National Lineman Appreciation Day is Sunday, April 18, so Indiana Michigan Power says it wants to celebrate its electric workers.
Several I&M employees were at the Fort Wayne training center this morning discussing their experiences and showing off their training process.
I&M’s training takes four years before lineman can go out alone to fix power lines.
Electrical workers say they endure some of the harshest weather conditions just so people they don’t know can flip on a light switch.
"I find pride in just the fact that I can come to work every day and know that I’m doing good for somebody else," said line mechanic Brandon Buckland. "Ninety percent of lineman are selfless. We come here to make everybody's day better. It’s a heck of a job, heck of a career, and definitely life-changing."
This past year hasn’t been much easier for Indiana Michigan Power workers.
They have been considered essential workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.