Name: John Eiler, federal employee
Title: High Voltage Electrician
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Region: Upper Great Plains
When did you start working with WAPA? I started working at WAPA in July of 1987, stationed in Jamestown, North Dakota.
What is the most interesting thing you have worked on at WAPA? Assembling the Morris 230- and 115-KV control panels from scratch. This included installing and wiring distance and breaker failure control relays, test blocks, control switches, indicating and hotline order light, terminal block and fuses. I learned a lot about the different circuits in the substations.
What do you wish people understood about your job and the work you do? That electricians don't just wire; we get an opportunity to do a lot of other things, from operating cranes and trucks to testing equipment.
Tell us something about yourself we wouldn't find on your resume. I think the most important job is to be a good husband and father. The most fun is being a grandfather.
How is what you do tied to WAPA's mission? To help the new guys learn WAPA's ways and to work safe.