The four-person team won four prizes and took third place overall in the National Natural Gas Technician Competition.
CINCINNATI — There may not have been bull riding, calves or steer wrestling, but a team of Duke Energy natural gas technicians based at the company’s Kellogg Avenue operations center s is ranked third overall at the 2022 National Gas Rodeo.
This is the company’s best result at the national championship since it began competing in 2009. The team also took first place in the hand digging event and third in the hand digging events. installation of meters and service installation.
Teams from energy companies across the country competed at the Sept. 15-17 event in Springfield, Mo. This annual competition allows natural gas workers to showcase the skills they use every day and see how they perform. compare to their industry peers.
“We couldn’t be prouder of this team for representing Duke Energy in the National Gas Rodeo Championship,” said Brian Weisker, senior vice president and chief operating officer, natural gas, for Duke Energy. “The hours and hours of practice these men put in were on full display during the competition, but they wouldn’t be such good competitors without the solid foundation of training and expertise they received while providing service. safe and reliable to Duke Energy customers every day.”
The National Gas Rodeo pits two- and four-person teams in four qualifying events, with the top teams in each class advancing to a final relay event. Qualifying events include service installation, meter set, hand digging and pipe cutting. In the final relay, teams that qualify for this event race to safely complete a series of tasks in the fastest possible time.
Rodeo tests work-related skills, builds leadership and boosts morale. Competitors are judged on speed, agility, technique and, most importantly, attention to safety. All Duke Energy Natural Gas entrants to the National Gas Rodeo secured their spot by competing in an internal competition earlier this year.
Here is video of first place in the Hand Dig event during the competition.
The participants in this year’s gas rodeo were:
Dave Kabler – Amelia, Ohio
Tim Dennemann – Grants Lick, Kentucky
Bruce Greer III – Anderson Township, Ohio
Alex Klein – Grants Lick, Kentucky
Casey Woodyard (alternate) – Grants Lick, Kentucky
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