Damage Prevention Hero – Joe Rubbelke

IF YOU LOOKED UP JOE RUBBELKE ON LINKEDIN, IT WOULD TELL YOU HE IS A DIRECTOR FOR UTILITYLOGIC, A MINNESOTA- BASED COMPANY THAT PROVIDES INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING TO THE UTILITY LOCATING INDUSTRY. IT WOULD ALSO TELL YOU THAT PRIOR TO JOINING UTILITYLOGIC IN 2017, HE ALSO WORKED FOR THE MINNESOTA WASTEWATER OPERATORS ASSOCIATION.

But LinkedIn really doesn’t do justice to telling you what Joe Rubbelke is really like… or what his peers think of him!

“Joe is engaged, committed, knowledgeable and compassionate,” explained Barbara Cederberg, Executive Director for Gopher State One Call. “He is committed to excellence by serving the people in our industry.”

“Joe is dedicated, observant, thorough and authentic,” according to Paul Teicher, Territory Manager for UtilityLogic. “I’ve known Joe for over 20 years. We met at training workshops and his dedication to the industry has always been an inspiration to me. When you need him… he shows up!”

Joe presents and instructs on utility locating, tracer wire installation and trench safety at dozens of workshops, conferences, and technical training events across the various industries (gas, electric, communications, water and sewer). He is also well-known for providing lectures, presentations and exhibits on safe excavation/ confined space entry.

“Joe has gone all-in when it comes to supporting the Gopher State One Call GPS enabled locating device pilot project,” Cederberg continued. “His leadership, helpfulness and can-do attitude make a positive difference every day.”

His leadership, helpfulness and can-do attitude make a positive difference every day.”

“Joe is known for his knowledge as a tracer wire spec and wastewater master,” said Lori Blair, Executive Director for the Minnesota Rural Water Association.

He is a co-author of the Minnesota Rural Water Tracer Wire Specification used in all 50 states and four additional countries. He has participated in training sessions about the Minnesota Tracer Wire Specification across the nation and at their National Rural Water Conference. He is also a sought-after presenter and instructor on utility locating and tracer wire installation around the country.

Joe is a member and Past President of Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association (MWOA), and member of the Advisory Board for the Water Operations Program at Vermilion College. In his “spare time,” Joe is a volunteer member of the Minnesota Underground Utilities Mapping Project Team (UUMPT) and also volunteers with a group that supports local military members and their families.

Joe Rubbelke is not only a worthy selection as dp-PRO’s Damage Prevention Hero, but he is a well-respected industry leader that is 100% committed to damage prevention safety standards.

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