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Apprenticeship Program

Novinium recognizes the future of the industry requires training opportunities that uphold the highest standards for safety and quality.  In 2018 we rolled out the Cable Technician Apprenticeship Program.  Apprentices receive documented hours of on-the-job and classroom training delivered by select qualified linemen.  Upon completion of apprenticeship, Cable Technicians are qualified to switch, perform craftwork, troubleshoot, and work safely on underground electrical distribution systems.

Apprentices

Matt Thomas

“What most excites me about the apprentice program is that I’ll be gaining a better understanding of how the electrical systems work, and why linemen do what they do on a daily basis.”

SAMUEL AGUILAR

Cable Technician Apprentice

Samuel joined Novinium in 2016 as an Injection Technician working in the Texas region.

Chris Branham

“Underground electricity is the future. And, I find the injection process fascinating.”

CHRIS BRANHAM

Cable Technician Apprentice

Chris graduated from the Texas State Technical College Electrical Lineworker program in 2017.

Branden Hyatt

“This program allows me to finally complete the path I set out on 18 years ago. It gives me the opportunity to further my career and to be more of an asset to my crew and coworkers in the future.”

BRANDEN HYATT

Cable Technician Apprentice

Branden has been in the industry for 18 years, injecting cables and leading teams primarily in the Texas region.

William Montes

“I am excited to learn more about the trade because I love what I do. Also, the friendships and trust you can make and earn with more people is something I really enjoy.”

WILLIAM MONTES

Cable Technician Apprentice

Since joining Novinium in 2016, William has been an Injection Technician and Team Lead on several projects in Canada, the Midwest, and Northeast regions.

Alex Schott

“I look forward to learning how distribution works and get a better understanding of line work.”

ALEX SCHOTT

Cable Technician Apprentice

Alex graduated from the Southeast Lineman Training Program in 2018.

Rafael Vera

“This program allows me to work with, understand, and respect electricity. It is also another opportunity to help my co-workers.”

RAFAEL VERA

Cable Technician Apprentice

Since joining Novinium in 2009, Rafael has been an Injection Technician and Team Lead on several projects across the US.

Apprentice Committee

Steve Defalco

“I like seeing young people grow and learn new skills. The electrical industry has a shortage of qualified workers. Through our Apprentice program we can train and qualify these young people as Cable Technicians.”

STEVE DEFALCO

Training Projects Manager/Journeyman Lineman

Steve has been a Journeyman Lineman for the past 30 years. Since joining Novinium in 2009, he has managed crews and projects throughout the US and Canada. As the Training Projects Manager, Steve’s focus is on ensuring Apprentices and their Mentors are successful in the program.

Dennis McDougall

“The Apprentice program allows us to train and develop in-house employees with the direction of building a safe and solid Novinium team.”

DENNIS MCDOUGALL

Technical Projects Manager

Dennis has been in the cable injection business for 26 years and played a significant role in the startup of Novinium. His expertise has been deployed to countless projects across Canada and the US. Dennis is currently the Technical Projects Manager which allows him to impart his wisdom through all of Novinium’s Operations.

Matt Thomas

“This program opens doors for lineman school graduates to develop as Cable Technicians while practicing Novinium safety standards from the beginning of their careers.”

MATT THOMAS

Training Master/Journeyman Lineman

Matt has been a Journeyman Lineman for the past 17 years. He started with Novinium in 2011 as an Injection Technician but has since managed several projects and crews in Canada, the Midwest, and Northeast regions. Matt is currently based in Texas and provides best-in-industry training for our highly specialized workforce as Training Master.

Barry Thompson

“I am excited to teach the next generation of linemen and be able to watch them grow.”

BARRY THOMPSON

Training Master/Journeyman Lineman

Barry has been a Journeyman Lineman for the past 30 years. Since his start with Novinium in 2011, Barry has worked and managed numerous projects in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Barry is currently based in Washington and provides best-in-industry training for our highly specialized workforce as Training Master.

Bob Walsh

“The Apprentice program is very important as it creates a great opportunity for both the employee and Novinium by expanding skill level and knowledge base.”

BOB WALSH

Field Installation Manager/Journeyman Lineman

Bob has been a Journeyman Lineman for 24 years. Since joining Novinium in 2012, he has worked on special projects throughout the US and Japan. Bob is currently the Field Installation Manager for Novinium’s PreVent® Manhole Event Prevention system.