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Employee Spotlight: Anthony Condi

Published Oct. 17, 2014
Anthony Condi is a senior electrician at the Eufaula Dam Powerhouse.

Anthony Condi is a senior electrician at the Eufaula Dam Powerhouse.

Anthony Condi is a power plant senior electrician at the Eufaula Dam Powerhouse. Condi grew up in Quinton, Oklahoma and graduated from Quinton High School in 1998. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Electrical Technology from Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee. Condi joined the Tulsa District as a student trainee at the Fort Gibson Powerhouse in 1999. He completed the student trainee program at the Webbers Falls Powerhouse in 2001 and came to Eufaula in 2005. He became a senior electrician in 2008. Condi and his wife, Kimberly, have two children, a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Anna Marie.

What do you like most about being an electrician at Eufaula Powerhouse?

I like working with the older systems and installing new equipment. Every day it feels as though I’m learning about how they used to operate powerhouses in the past. The new equipment is more efficient than the old equipment. It's not that the old systems weren’t dependable but the equipment they used was the technology that was available at the time.

Do you get a lot of satisfaction from your work?

Every piece of equipment we install today improves the reliability of our power production. As a team we are making a difference in how people get their electricity. To me, that’s rewarding.

How do you feel about updating the dam equipment?

A lot of the electrical equipment in the power plant is from the mid 1900s. I enjoy the task of replacing it with modern technology. The switches used to be managed by plant personnel and now it’s all automated. We are more or less improving the efficiency of the powerhouse and making it more reliable even when someone isn’t here. I’m not saying we don’t have issues with modern technology but we have fewer issues. There is just so much more that we can do now.

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

I’m used to handling equipment installations myself. As a senior electrician I have an assistant electrician, and sometimes trainee electricians, working under my direction. I find it challenging to delegate work to others that I want to do myself. 

What do you like most about the Tulsa District?

I like the district’s involvement in flood control and power production, along with the history behind the building of the dams and power plants, to accomplish these missions. It is interesting to be directly involved with the operation and maintenance of these structures on a daily basis.