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Meet our Newest Meter Tech

Sun Prairie Utilities employee, Eric Burkhalter, recently graduated from a three-year industrial apprenticeship as an electric metering technician through the Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids.  

Burkhalter was one of 6 apprentices from utilities around the state who completed apprenticeships and received diplomas on Jan. 23, 2014 at the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin/Rural Electric Cooperatives Joint Superintendent’s Conference in Wisconsin Dells.  He follows substation technician, Richard Neff, in becoming the second SPU employee to complete the apprenticeship.

Utility Manager, Rick Wicklund, and Customer Service Manager, Dave Euclide, attended the graduation ceremony.

Electric metering technicians repair, rebuild and wire all styles of electricity meters and metering equipment, including transformer rated meters, pulse relays and recorders. They also perform routine field checks of complex industrial meters to ensure proper operation. Electric metering technicians maintain electricity meter and departmental instrument histories and maintain accurate inventory records. They operate computers as required for shop work and field-testing and interrogation of metering installations.

“We are proud to see Eric complete his apprenticeship,” said Wicklund. “The training and knowledge he has received since joining our utility will help him perform highly skilled work on our high-voltage electric distribution system.”

Sun Prairie Utilities has provided electric, water and telecommunications services to the 30,000 residents of Sun Prairie since 1910.  The utility is locally owned by the people it serves and has 32 employees.  Its mission is to continue to provide low-cost, safe, and reliable utility services. 

Posted on Thursday, Feb 06, 2014