Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

November 8, 2013

Duke apprentice Hyrkas best in the world

The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — PLAINFIELD – Duke Energy apprentice Joe Hyrkas proved he is best in the world at the International Lineman’s Rodeo Oct. 19 in Bonner Springs, Kan.

Hyrkas, based in Huntington, also won first place in the apprentice written test and top apprentice in the investor-owned utility division. “This is by far my greatest personal achievement,” says the fourth year line apprentice at Duke Energy, who was also named second in the world in 2011 and 2012.

“The best part of my job is throwing on my boots and traveling outdoors from site to site each day to serve Duke Energy customers. Being rewarded for a job I enjoy in my last year competing as an apprentice makes these awards even more special.”

Eight Duke Energy apprentices finished in the top 25 out of 219 competitors, according to a news release. An apprentice competing at the rodeo is a line worker with less than four years of utility experience.

Duke Energy’s team also took home four awards in the journeyman team and senior-journeyman team divisions.

Sixty Duke Energy line workers competed at the 30th annual International Lineman’s Rodeo, being tested on job related-skills, such as hurt-man rescues, equipment repair and pole climbs.

Line workers from its six-state service area, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Kentucky, participated in all divisions.

Final results are available at