Congratulations to INTREN’s Samantha (Randby) Ronding for graduating from the Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship Training Program in May 2016 to Lineman. Samantha joined INTREN in April 2014 as an apprentice while continuing to study and train with crews from our New Berlin, Wisconsin office as well as on special projects in Illinois.
Samantha, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, grew up with an interest in the electrical industry that was influenced by her father who was a cableman and her grandfather who was a troubleshooter for Minnesota Power. Samantha jokes that her enthusiasm for working in the field must have just run in the family. “One night, when I was away at lineman school and doing homework, I got a text from my dad. ‘I’m proud of you’, was all it said, but those four words meant the world to me.” Samantha claimed that it was that text from her father that cemented her decision to become a lineman. In May, Samantha accomplished her dream of becoming a lineman and couldn’t be happier.
During her apprenticeship, she was assigned to an INTREN crew to gain hands-on training in the field while also attending regular classroom instructions. Classes included safety, electrical theory, circuitry, and transformer connections, among many others. While advancing through the seven steps of the apprenticeship program, apprentices are also required to work full time over four years, which roughly translates to around 7,000 hours of experience. Samantha said that she had to learn along the way and realize that in order to get better she first had to gain experience and learn to “try, try, try again.” While the program did not come without its challenges, Samantha said, “that as long as you keep trying, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be.” As for the challenges she currently faces being a woman working in a male dominated field, Samantha stated that she hasn’t encountered many challenges.
Samantha (Randby) Ronding is a prime example of how hard work and determination leads to success. Having completed her journey to become the third generation of linemen in her family, Samantha is currently working for INTREN in New Berlin, Wisconsin. When asked how she feels about becoming a full fledge journeyman lineman, Samantha said, “It feels good to finally be here.”Did you know that statistics show that women account for only 8.9% of the construction workforce today, or of the 6,625,000 people working in the construction industry, 589,625 are women? That is why we are more than proud to have Sam as part of the INTREN family working to OutPerform. Everyday. for our customers and our communities!