Here to Stay
Aaron Hendrick joined South Alabama Electric Cooperative as a full-time employee in December 2019. He is a 2015 graduate of Crenshaw Christian Academy, and he attended Troy University before finishing his bachelor’s of engineering degree last year at Auburn University. He previously worked part time for SAEC as a groundsman and engineering assistant during his summer and Christmas breaks while in college. He is now working to earn his professional engineering license.
Q: What are your responsibilities as an electrical engineer?
A: I maintain the metering technology to ensure we get dependable and accurate readings. I inspect the substations and the three-phase breakers monthly. I record data for system improvements. In the case of a major storm, l report the damages to the dispatchers so they can get the material and manpower needed to restore the outages.
Q: What made you want to join the SAEC team?
A: I worked part time while attending college. I liked the environment of the cooperative and their attitude toward the members.
Q: What is your favorite part of the job?
A: I like working with new technology and electricity. My job takes new technology and uses it to make SAEC as efficient as possible. I like that my time is spent equally in the office and in the field. I like that I am familiar with the area and some of the members.
Q: What do you think is the most important impact SAEC has on its community?
A: When I was a junior in high school, I went on the co-op Youth Tour with SAEC. I enjoyed the experience, and I would recommend it to others. I also think the scholarship opportunity is a great way to help the community. The service area depends on us to keep the power on.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?
A: I spend my free time hunting, fishing and hanging out with my girlfriend, Madyson; my family; and Remi, my chocolate Labrador retriever. I enjoy staying outside and staying busy.
Q: Who is the most inspiring person in your life?
A: My grandfather Jimmy Baggett. His dad, Andrew, helped install the first electricity in the Glenwood area. He is a plumber and electrician, and he also taught me about electricity. He is a hard worker and very detail oriented in his work. My dad, Michael, also taught me how to work hard and always have goals to work toward in your life.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: “I believe in work, hard work. I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and hands to work skillfully.” — The Auburn Creed.