1. The opportunity for advancement was the main reason I was drawn to LES. I’ve worked at LES for more than four years now, and I started out as an accountant. That role exposed me to many different departments and functions of LES, leading me to my current position as a settlements analyst. I’m responsible for ensuring the accuracy of settlements with the Southwest Power Pool and bringing detailed knowledge of those settlements to my team to assist in decision making.

    Working as part of a great team that makes daily decisions in an ever-changing market is incredibly rewarding — there’s something new to learn on a daily basis, and that’s what I look forward to each day.

    STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers are out there that you aren’t even aware of, and I’m in an occupation that I didn’t know LES presented. I’m extremely happy that I have chosen a career at LES.

  2. My position as one of the Transmission and Distribution department’s line technician apprentices is the perfect fit. Building and maintaining electrical line facilities and substations makes every day different and brings new challenges.

    Growing up, I loved being outdoors and getting hands-on learning, and those were the two things I really wanted in my career. I took an interest in utility work during a job shadow in high school and then found an opportunity for an internship with LES during college.

    I’ve loved LES ever since. I learned the ins and outs of being a line technician and gained invaluable experience working directly with line crews during my internship. After I graduated and LES was hiring, I jumped at the opportunity. Every day, I find LES pushes me to be a better version of myself and inspires me to take pride in the important work we do. I’m excited to see what the future holds!

  3. Most people don’t realize everything that goes into running a utility. There are opportunities across several fields, from finance to regulatory compliance, to environmental and energy management, to developing, maintaining and supporting the geographic information system at LES. And, this is the team I’m a part of.

    We provide interactive maps that allow office and field employees to access electric facility information, and we use spatial data to perform analysis that provides powerful information for groups throughout the company, such as design engineers and system planners.

    I was drawn to LES because of its security, stability and benefits and the opportunity for growth. I stay because LES encourages personal growth through training and education; I’m constantly being challenged; every day is different; and I work with great people.

    Be prepared to be the young buck at LES — not necessarily in age but in years of service. It is not uncommon for someone to stay at LES for 30 to 40 years, or more. People who start here tend to stay for many years. The knowledge these individuals have is invaluable; they are a great resource when learning the ropes.

  4. When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to be a lineman. I graduated from the utility line program at Metropolitan Community College (Omaha) with honors, started an internship at LES in 2008, and I’ve been here ever since.

    I finished my four-year apprenticeship and am a Journeyman. I work on power lines and couldn’t imagine working with any other group of people. We respect each other and challenge each other to keep learning and make ourselves the best line workers we can possibly be.

    Today, I am in charge of a two-person bucket truck, and we do maintenance on the transmission system and install new lines. Each day, there’s a different challenge — a different job where we have to come together and overcome and complete that task — anywhere from teaching a new line worker the basics, to working on energized lines, to leading a crew.

    LES has an outstanding safety record and makes sure employees are current on training and have the tools and equipment to make our job safer and less physically demanding. There are no second chances in this profession.

    If you are willing to take this line of work seriously, to learn and work hard, LES is your company of choice.

  5. I have been with LES for only a few years, but already I have had many great opportunities and experiences.

    As a civil engineer in the Transmission and Civil Design department, my predominant responsibility is transmission line design. I work in a project management role on many projects, which allows me to take part in several aspects of a project rather than just being stuck to the same tasks over and over.

    Many of the projects are very large and impact the community. I enjoy working on new transmission lines from start to finish and get to see projects I have completed around Lincoln every day — I think that’s kind of cool!

    LES was a great choice for me because it is a local company that has allowed me to stay close to friends and family, yet it has also given me the opportunity to travel to many exciting places across the states and even one trip to Europe for work on a large transmission project.

    Almost every day brings something new. The people I work with are kind, helpful, interesting and knowledgeable. Many have been here 35, 40 and even 45 years — that says a lot about LES. It’s a great place to work.

  6. An environmental career chose me, and I chose LES because it was a company that provided a nexus between two of my core values: public power and environmental protection.

    Since 2000, I have been part of a team that supports the environmental aspects of LES’ day-to-day operation — anything from oil spills to creating risk management programs for some of our materials with special properties. We review regulations, procure permits, do a little of everything.

    My job is both personally and professionally rewarding. The philosophy of public power is something I find very attractive. As a public power provider, LES is vested with serving the interests of our customer/owners, and conducting business in a manner that is protective of the natural environment is a responsibility LES takes seriously.

    I work with some of the best people I know — hard-working, dedicated, knowledgeable and always available to walk me through something I don’t understand. I just couldn’t ask for a better place to be.

    LES is a great place to work — it’s a place where you get to have a real history with the projects you work on and the people you work with. Plus, I would be hard pressed to find a community I feel more attached to or more grateful for; I was raised in Lincoln.