Dub would be proud.
Arthur “Dub” Barfield, the Entergy director of transmission grids who died in November 2015, is the namesake for a new substation training facility in Clinton, Mississippi. The first boot camp for new Entergy transmission employees is already under way.
“This is the only training facility of its kind in Entergy’s four-state utility service territory,” Jim Schott, vice president of transmission, said in a company release. “It’s designed to give employees an opportunity to learn and training in a safe environment because the training facility is not energized.”
The Arthur “Dub” Barfield Training Substation will help prepare new hires to effectively understand and maintain complicated substation infrastructure, Schott added. Current employees also will offered refresher courses at the site.
The “Dub Sub,” as Entergy has nicknamed it, includes both legacy and new standard equipment to give trainees a full range of challenges like they will see daily on the grid. Troubleshooting, switching and relay skills will be part of the educational experience.
“This is a cutting-edge training facility that reflects Entergy’s commitment to excellence,” Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi’s president and CEO, said in the statement. “This investment by the company supports Entergy’s We Power Life vision by ensuring a skilled workforce to deliver safe, reliable electricity for customers today and well in the future.
Barfield, whose middle name was Durward, spent nearly 35 years at Entergy and was noted as a champion of safe work and training practices. He began his Entergy career in 1981 at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station and joined the transmission side in 2009.
He was a lifelong Mississippian. His philanthropy is well known there, including establishing the Dub Barfield Family Medical Fund of his home First Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg. He started this fund to help families in need with medical expenses.