When young people are asked what they want to be when they grow up, most don’t mention a career at their local electric co-op. I’d like to change that. Powell Valley Electric Cooperative provides a critical service to its communities and offers diverse career paths that cater to a range of skills and interests.

Paths. One of the biggest advantages of pursuing a career at a co-op is the variety of paths available. Whether you have a penchant for engineering, finance, linework or community outreach, there’s a role for you. Skilled lineworkers build, maintain and repair electrical infrastructure, ensuring uninterrupted power supply to homes and businesses. Engineers design and optimize systems, while professionals in finance and administration ensure the smooth operation of the business. Cooperative leaders build connections between the co-op and the communities we serve. As our industry becomes more advanced, our need for skilled programmers and network security experts grows. The possibilities are vast, providing individuals with the chance to align their passion with a fulfilling career.

Possibilities. Looking to the future, career opportunities at electric co-ops are promising. The growing demand for electricity and the increasing electrification of our economy, coupled with technological advancements, open up new opportunities for innovation and specialization. As the energy landscape evolves, co-ops adapt, creating needs for skilled professionals in emerging fields. This translates to job stability for employees, offering a sense of security as they contribute to the essential service of powering communities.

Passion. One of the main differences that set careers at electric cooperatives apart is the deep sense of passion our employees often bring to their roles. Our team members share a commitment to serving their communities. This shared purpose fosters a unique workplace culture where employees take pride in their contributions to the well-being of their neighbors and friends. The work that we do matters, and it impacts everyone in our communities.

Careers at electric cooperatives offer a diverse range of opportunities, promising job stability and a sense of purpose rooted in service. It is our hope that young people entering the workforce will consider a career in the co-op. Whether you’re drawn to the technical intricacies of power distribution or the community-focused aspects of outreach, Powell Valley Electric Cooperative provides a fulfilling environment for individuals passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.

— Brad Coppock