Jake is a third generation Lineman. "I have dedicated myself to one of the most impressive, satisfying and challenging professions in the world," noted Jake. "My dad graduated from DCTC's first Lineworker program in 1972. My two brothers graduated from the program at DCTC. My grandpa was also a Lineman at Dakota Electric Association and for the U.S. Army in Korea during the War, I’m proud to carry on this family tradition." His uncle and cousin also join the ranks as Lineman in the family, both are DCTC graduates also.
Jake holds a Journeyman Lineman license through the Minnesota Department of Labor and a Class A license with tanker endorsement. His Lineman apprenticeship was completed through Northwest Lineman College. Jake maintains his CPR and first aid certification.
During his Lineman career Jake has competed in many Lineman rodeos, winning first place overall at the American Public Power Association National Lineman's Rodeo in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007. He received an award from The Minnesota Department of Labor for performance in the Lineman’s Rodeo and for outstanding performance and contributions during his apprenticeship training.
Jake has over 12 years of experience in the field. He has been a Journeyman Lineman since 2008. His experience includes construction and maintenance of overhead and underground distribution lines, transmission lines, substation facilities, substation maintenance, transmission switching, rubber gloving, hot stick work, cable terminating, directional boring, cable pulling and maintenance in confined space underground vaults.
Jake is a motivated individual dedicated to turning out safe, knowledgeable, determined and skilled Lineworkers through the program here at DCTC.