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Helping Communities Evolve from the Inside, Out

A Journeyman Lineman at EnergyUnited reflects on how his career has impacted his community.

Being a lineman isn’t just an occupation—it’s a lifestyle. With over 27 years of on-the-job experience at EnergyUnited, Journeyman Lineman Mark Mitchell knows that better than most. “I spent 12 years on the line crew. Then 13 on the service truck,” he says. “Then three-and-a-half years on the line crew again. Now I’m back on the service truck and loving every minute of it.”

Originally from Statesville, Mark lives and works in Mooresville amid stunning Lake Norman, North Carolina’s largest man-made body of freshwater. The area’s beauty and climate attract locals and out-of-state visitors for fun in the sun and watersports, especially during the summer months. Spending most days outdoors, Mark enjoys his home state year-round. “You really can’t beat the weather in North Carolina. It has a little bit of everything,” he says. “And working by the lake? It’s the best.”

Every day on the job is different for linemen who man EnergyUnited’s service trucks during peak hours. It might start at the office, which Mark relishes for the opportunity to “swap stories before the day starts,” but after that, the day is unpredictable. “One day I could be setting up temporary power at a construction site, and another day I’m troubleshooting power issues for members, like flickering lights or whatever else,” he explains. “You never know what’s coming and you have to adapt to each situation with new tactics. I embrace that challenge every day on the job.”

Throughout the years, the landscape of North Carolina has changed drastically. When Mark started his career, a lot of areas didn’t even have power. EnergyUnited helped the community evolve, and he’s had a front-row seat to it all. “I’ve talked to member-owners in their 80s who thank God every day that the co-op brought power to their farms and homes,” he says. “It gives me a great sense of accomplishment taking what I’ve learned from my past mentors and using it to improve the quality of life for people.”

In comparison to other power companies, Mark appreciates the inclusiveness of EnergyUnited. “Working for the co-op is special because every employee and member-owner has a say-so in how things are done,” he explains. “Everyone has a vested interest in keeping the lights on and giving back to the communities we serve.”

A seasoned lineman never turns off the capacity for problem-solving, which is evident in Mark’s hobby selection. “I’ve been doing martial arts for quite some time now. That and drawing,” he says. “Overall, however, my favorite hobby is probably woodworking. I like to work with my hands and build furniture for myself, my friends and my family.”

Mark Mitchell’s dedication to working in and improving his community is a testament to what it means to be a member-owner. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for timely news and insights, straight from the source.

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