FERC FIVE: Meet John Sacco
FERC Fives – John Sacco, Transmission Engineering
Five questions that help us get to know employees within and that support the FERC Jurisdiction
Tell us about your career at National Grid – you’ve been here for quite a while, right?
I started with one of National Grid’s legacy companies 29 years ago, first as an apprentice with the New England Power Service Company Line department (now known as Transmission Line Services, or TLS), working on the transmission and distribution networks. Since then, I’ve been a hot stick lineman, field supervisor, area supervisor and a manager in TLS. In 2010, I became a lead coordinator for the former Transmission Line Operations & Maintenance Engineering group and now work in Transmission Engineering.
What did you do before you came to National Grid?
I was a line worker installing cable TV and communication systems; the work was similar in some respects but the poles for cable TV were much smaller than those I was expected to climb in Transmission.
Family, sports and travel – my wife, Debra, and I typically visit Las Vegas and Florida every year and enjoy spending time at the home on the Cape that my mother and father left for my four brothers, my sister and me. We’re huge Red Sox fans and have followed them on multi-city road trips to Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle; and Washington DC, Atlanta and Baltimore. When our kids were growing up, my wife and I served on youth sports league boards and coached baseball, softball and basketball. Today, I umpire fast-pitch softball and assist Debra in coaching her varsity high school softball team and our grandchildren’s youth sports teams.
What are you most proud of in your career at National Grid?
I’m very proud to think I have earned the respect of my co-workers and colleagues with a good work ethic, dedication and willingness to help others. I’m also very proud to be part of a team that works through adverse conditions to restore service to our customers during storm events and emergency situations.
What advice do you have for our newer employees?
I would advise newer employees to learn all you can from others, share what you learn and don’t wait to start loading the retirement saving accounts because time flies.