Meet the Engineering and Staking Department

Meet the Engineering and Staking Department

It's Engineers Week and we're celebrating the thinkers, doers, problem-solvers, and dreamers! And, here is the Engineering and Staking Department's team at the co-op. Meet Wade, Josh, Steven, William, Mike, and Todd.

Engineering and Staking Department Team
Steven O'Brien, William Allen, Wade Yarbrough, Mike Ugarkovich, and Josh Caretti
Engineering and Staking Department (not pictured: Todd Eady)

What do the folks in this department do?

Cullman Electric Cooperative employs a team of technicians that design and implement construction and maintenance plans for our 25kv electrical distribution system. Prospective members, as well as current members needing assistance from Cullman EC will work directly with our Field Service department. As requests for service of any type are entered into the system, a field service representative will contact the individual to develop a plan to satisfy the needs of our member.  As our guide, we will use Cullman EC policies, the National Electrical Safety Code™; USDA construction specifications along with many computer-aided programs that develop quality design and construction for our member’s. It is truly the goal of each department representative to create a comfortable atmosphere listening to the needs and wants while preparing the best overall plan for the company and member alike.

Just one question for each of you, tell us about yourself. 

Wade Yarbrough

I am a lifelong resident of Cullman County graduating from Vinemont High School, now residing in West Point with my wife Angie of 28 years.  My career at Cullman Electric began in 1993 with a crew cutting new right of way. After receiving my journey level lineman certificate in 1997 with an advanced certificate in 2001; I continued my work as a lineman until 2005. At this time, I then moved into the field service department training as a certified design technician. While working in our engineering department, I entered college studies receiving degrees from Wallace State and Penn Foster in 2012. After gaining a promotion in 2013 as the Superintendent of Field Services, I am very privileged to work with many of our fantastic employees that have a wide range of talents making this a qualified, seasoned, and remarkable group to be associated with. 


Josh Caretti  

I have been a Cullman Electric employee for 12 years.  First 11 in Information Systems and the last year as Geographical Information Systems Analyst. I maintain the Automatic Meter System, Operation Round Up systems, and oversee and maintain the electrical model in which the all of our other GIS Systems are based.   I am a native of Cullman and 1995 graduate of Cullman High School. I  have a Management of Information Systems Bachelor’s degree from UAB.  I am married to Sashari Caretti, and have three beautiful children; Walker  (20), Sophia (13), and Olivia  (9). 


Steven O’Brien

During the 2017 calendar year, I celebrated both my 25th wedding anniversary and my 30th year of employment.

I’ve been very fortunate to spend 15 years in the Construction Department, 11 as a Lineman, followed by 15 years in the Engineering Department as a Certified Staking Technician designing electrical lines for Commercial and Residential Customers. Meeting people, both co-workers and customers, and building relationships have been a rewarding and exciting part of my career.

One of my oldest hobbies is the Cattle & Hay Farm with my Dad. My more laid back interest includes camping, fishing, Alabama football, Atlanta Braves baseball and planning our retirement with my wife, Tracey.


William Allen

I was born in Cullman County went to school at Brewer High School.

As a young man, I went through an electrical apprenticeship and achieved the classification of a Master.

I applied for a position as an apprentice lineman with Cullman Electric Cooperative and went through the ranks with hard work, training and studying to end up where I am now in the engineering department where I have the privilege to meet with people in our community to assist them in whatever they need.

I am a husband of 34 years, a father of 28 years and a grandfather of 3 ½ years and 7 months.


Mike Ugarkovich

I was born and raised in Illinois, meeting my wife Terri in 1974, and we were united in marriage in 1978. She introduced me to Cullman and Smith Lake while visiting her family and we moved here in 1979. Beginning employment with Cullman Electric as a meter reader in 1979, I also worked as a ground man in the service, construction, and right of way departments. In 1983 I began my currently held position as a certified design technician in the engineering department.

My wife Terri and I have raised two wonderful children Jaime Medlock and Michael Ugarkovich, both are married and living in Cullman with their children, Lakely and Deklan Medlock, ages six and two and Katherine Ugarkovich, age five. I have enjoyed my tenure at Cullman Electric Cooperative, meeting new people and seeing communities grow throughout the years. I am grateful for the opportunity and to be part of an organization that allows me to work with fantastic co-workers and now friends.  


Todd Eady

I graduated high school from West Point.  From there, I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.   I have been married for 21 years and have a 19-year-old daughter, Taylor who is attending Birmingham Southern University where she competes on the track team.  My son, Logan is 17 and in the dual enrollment program taking classes at both Wallace State College and West Point High.  I have been employed at Cullman Electric Cooperative for a little over 15 years.  I hired in as an apprentice lineman, went through the 4-year apprenticeship program and became a Journeyman Lineman working on the lines until 2015.  At that point, I transferred to the engineering department as a field technician working with customers, designing, staking power lines, and then map editing.  For this job, I also had the wonderful opportunity to go through an apprenticeship program obtaining my Staking Technician Certificate through Hi-Line Engineering.  I look forward to many more years working at Cullman Electric Cooperative.  This has been and is a very satisfying career. 


Thank you to this wonderful team of men, without whom Cullman Electric Cooperative could not bring reliable, affordable power to our community, homes, and businesses.


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