Okefenoke REMC has hired three new lineworkers: Ernest “Ernie” Mitchell (pictured center) in the Kingsland District Office and Cole Carter (pictured left) and Ricky Williams (pictured right) in the Hilliard, Florida District Office.
Mitchell, from Kingsland, joins OREMC with 17 years of linework experience having previously worked at Georgia Power Company. Most recently he was a senior missile mechanic with Lockheed Martin, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, but welcomed the opportunity to join OREMC as he missed line work.
Mitchell earned his bachelor’s in education from Valdosta State University, and at 38 years old achieved his goal of joining the military and is a member of the Florida Air National Guard.
After completing the Coastal Pines Technical College Electrical Lineworker Certificate program in 2017, Carter immediately went to work for Pike Electric in Miami. Following that, and before joining OREMC, he worked at 5 Star Electric LLC and spent four months in Puerto Rico helping with storm cleanup and power restoration after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. He lives in Folkston.
From Callahan, Florida, Williams worked a number of jobs before joining Heart Utilities in October 2015 as a live wire technician. He also spent time in Puerto Rico helping with storm cleanup and power restoration efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. He says it is his experience as a member of ground crew that has motivated him to become a lineman.