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Interns gain valuable experience over the summer

Journeyman Apparatus Technician Bill Roethle teaches intern Mark Smalling the internal workings, purpose and operation of single phase reclosers.

One of the seven cooperative principles is Education, Training and Information. For Trico Electric Cooperative interns Mark Smalling, Emily Gauthier, Rylee Schull and Austin Cathers, this summer has been a great learning experience.

Mark has assisted the Designers with field staking and assisted Engineering in documenting and sending out as-built drawings for the Three Points Substation project. Journeyman Apparatus Technician Bill Roethle, who taught Mark the internal workings, purpose and operation of single phase reclosers, said he enjoyed working with Mark. Bill said Mark is a great student and learns fast. Mark said Bill is a great teacher, making things understandable and fun all at the same time.

Charlie Gourdin, Supervisor of Warehouse and Procurement, said Emily has shown an openness and eagerness to learn about the functions of the Warehouse and demonstrates an outstanding work ethic. “Regardless of the abbreviated timeframe she spent with us, Emily worked diligently and with a great attitude to help complete the annual testing of over 685 hot arms, hot sticks, and grounds,” Charlie said. “What an accomplishment! She has been a great addition to our Warehouse team this summer and will be missed.”

Rylee has been a valuable asset to Marketing and Communications, helping with Trico’s social media and other marketing projects. She created a brochure and fact sheet about Trico for employees.

Robert Duke, Supervisor of Information Systems, said Austin “has been a valuable member of the IT team and while we’re excited for him to continue his education we will miss his contributions until he returns.” Austin worked on computer updates, started new computer builds, and assisted IT in their software, hardware and network troubleshooting. IT included him in their software, hardware and network troubleshooting. Information Services Specialist Sabrina English said Austin “has been a great help in gathering equipment for Trico employees to start the flexible work from home schedules.”

Austin was IT’s first intern who was part of an official high school internship. He interviewed for the position, had to record regular hours, and go through the performance evaluation process. Unfortunately, Covid-19 cut the program short, but it would have culminated in a large presentation by the interns to the internship program director and the adults who mentored them.

Intern Emily Gauthier tested over 685 hot arms, hot sticks and grounds this summer.

FAX: (520) 353-1640


Trico Electric Cooperative
8600 W. Tangerine Rd.
Marana, AZ 85658

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


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