Student engineers join Tri-State’s transmission team for the summer

From left: Craig Bear, New Mexico State University; Steve Wisniewski, University of Colorado-Denver; Bryant Hicks, New Mexico State University; Stefan Johnson, University of Colorado-Boulder; Ian Kirschner, University of Nebraska.

From left: Craig Bear, New Mexico State University; Steve Wisniewski, University of Colorado-Denver; Bryant Hicks, New Mexico State University; Stefan Johnson, University of Colorado-Boulder; Ian Kirschner, University of Nebraska.

Tri-State has welcomed four electrical engineers and one civil engineer into its fold as part of a summer transmission engineering program for college students.

Joel Bladow and Jeff Selman of the transmission group came up with the idea earlier this spring and were supported by Tri-State’s recruiters and numerous staff members involved in the selection process.

More than 40 candidates applied from several schools in the region, including the University of Colorado, University of Wyoming, Colorado School of Mines, University of Nebraska and New Mexico State University.

“This is a way to get some good starting players that we really like,” said Selman, manager of the summer engineering project. “There’s a mutual desire by both parties for possible hiring after graduation.”

This marks the first time Tri-State has embarked upon a formal program of this kind. The students will work full time and will be compensated financially as they take advantage of hands-on opportunities to work in and learn various aspects of power utility transmission engineering and operations.

“This creates valuable first-hand work history for these students,” Selman said.

Four of the engineers will be based at Tri-State’s Westminster headquarters and one will work at the Northern Colorado Maintenance Center in Frederick. Each has been assigned a dedicated mentor, either a manager or engineer, for the duration of the program from June through August.

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