George Gripshover is a Lineman at KU

We asked George a few questions about his journey as a lineman and this is what he told us:

What inspired you to choose this career path?

“My fascination with electricity began in the 9th grade when I entered vocational school. While I initially embarked on my career as an electrician wiring houses, I realized that I yearned to be outdoors rather than working inside. This job beautifully merges my passion for electrical work with the freedom of working outside, offering me the perfect balance.”

What’s something that has impacted your career to make you better at what you do?

“The comprehensive training I received throughout my four-year apprenticeship, coupled with the invaluable knowledge passed down from seasoned linemen have been instrumental in my journey to success.”

What do you find most fulfilling about being a lineman?

“The most rewarding part of my job is working closely with my colleagues to restore power during outages, particularly in storm seasons when we spend more time together than with our own families. This close-knit bond that forms among us creates a second family dynamic where we watch out for one another, ensuring that everyone returns safely to their loved ones at the end of each day.”