SAN ANTONIO – Linemen from across the nation and even some U.S. territories will compete Saturday in a timed contest to showcase their skills and knowledge in the craft of line work.
CPS Energy will host the 16th Annual American Public Power Association's Lineworkers Rodeo for the second time, to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary.
The company, which hosted the fourth annual lineworkers rodeo in 2004, said it estimates this year’s event to be the largest APPA rodeo since the establishment of the association in 2001.
The rodeo was started for journeymen and apprentice lineworkers to compete in a safe environment for professional recognition, attend training courses and practice skills.
Kenneth Kotara, a journeyman at CPS Energy, said the competition helps him expand his skills and allows the opportunity to learn from others who work in different environments but do the same tasks.
“You get to know your job a lot better and (it's) a good experience that makes you feel better about your job, about what you do,” Kotara said. “Experience, safety and going home are what it’s all about.”
Kotara said CPS Energy has three teams in the event, which includes a total of 80 teams from across the country and U.S. territories.
The free event is open to the public, with a ceremony starting at 7:30 a.m. and taking place at the CPS Energy W.B. Tuttle Employee and Retiree Park at 9911 Perrin Beitel Road.
For more information on the event, visit the American Public Power Association website.
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