Photo credit: Paul Vivian

Apprentice Lineman places in International Lineman’s Rodeo

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Paul Vivian started his journey at DTE Energy back in May when he moved from southern California to fulfill is dream of becoming a lineman. In no time, he proved he was a rockstar by clearing out competition and taking third place in the International Lineman’s Rodeo Mystery Challenge Two.

“It was surreal. I never expected to place that high against nearly 300 other competitors, especially with how new I am to the trade,” said Vivian. “I give credit to God for keeping me safe and guiding my body through those events. And, of course, to DTE’s training program and my instructors like Dale Maschke and Ken Lawley.”

This wasn’t Vivian’s first rodeo, though. He competed and took home second earlier this year in the Michigan Lineman’s Rodeo and participated in two rodeos while he attended Northwest Lineman College (NLC) in Idaho.

Vivian received support and was cheered on by co-workers, friends and family, and his wife, who spent their anniversary weekend with him at the rodeo. He is grateful for his win and for finding his way across the country and into DTE’s Overhead Lineman Apprenticeship program. He looks forward to learning more about the trade and improving his skills throughout his apprenticeship at DTE.

Vivian also encourages anyone to take the time to come out to a local rodeo. The Michigan Lineman’s Rodeo is held the first weekend of August each year.

“If you ever have the chance, support your local Linemen by coming out to a Rodeo,” said Vivian. “They’re a blast and you can watch a variety of people performing some of the different tasks it takes to keep your lights on.”

Congratulations Vivian. We look forward to seeing you in next year’s competitions.