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Sim Kibble - Freddie Combs - Kenny Young - David Bass - Barry Smith - Rick Stillwell 
Ross Fox - Michael Sedman - Lonnie Stephenson - Tim Fowler - Kenny Smith 
Dewayne Woodall - Cary Gibson


Sim Kibble, 1st Year Instructor

Sim is a Journeyman Wireman out of the Local IBEW 175. He has been in the electrical trade for 27 years and works with Lawson Electric.

Sim is currently teaching 1st year apprentices at the JATC.


Freddie Combs, 1st Year Instructor

Freddie, Journeyman Wireman out of the Local IBEW 175, has been active in the electrical trade for 23 years working with contractors such as Combs Electric and NABCO Electric.

 He has been teaching at the JATC for 14 years and is currently a 1st year apprentice instructor.


Kenny Young, 1st Year Instructor

Kenny Young, a member of the Local IBEW 175, has been teaching at the JATC for eight years. He holds certifications in OSHA 500, Rigging, AMP ACT II, Digital Video Production, First Aid/CPR, Panduit Cabling, Carning Fiber, and 70E.

Kenny has been a Journeyman Wireman for 18 years and has continuously worked for Young Electric. Outside of working and teaching, Kenny is active in amateur radio contesting, target shooting, and golf.

You can reach Kenny Young by email at


Barry Smith, 2nd Year Instructor

Barry has been a member of the Local IBEW 175 since 1973. He started teaching OSHA and 1926 Construction Standard Safety classes in 2000, and began teaching our apprentices in 2008. Currently he teaches 2nd year at the JATC and is the Course Manager for Electrical Theory, Electronics and Industrial Safety at Chattanooga State Community College.

On top of being a Journeyman Wireman, Barry holds a B.S. in Business Management and he is a graduate of the IBEW/NECA NTI (2004). He is a certified trainer in NEPA 70E, OSHA10/30, Aerial/Scissor Lift, Hand Tool Safety, Forklift and Tugger Safety, Confined Spaces, Fall Protection, and Control of Hazardous Energy (LO/TO).

During his 41 years of experience, he has worked with several contractors including: Lawson Electric, ABC Electric, TVA, Duncan (White) Electric, Triad Electric, Allied Electric, and Cleveland Electric.

In Barry’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his Wife, Katy, their two daughters and four grandchildren. He also enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson (Heritage Softail Classic), reloading ammunition, and genealogy.


Keith Owensby, Assistant Training Director, 2nd Year Instructor

Keith Owensby is a Journeyman Wireman who joined the IBEW Local 175 in 1992. He is a certified trainer in Significant Code Changes, Confined Space, Scaffold Users and Erectors, and Foreman Training IBEW. He is a chairman on the IBEW local 175 Examining Board, secretary for the Chattanooga Board of Electrical Examiners, Representative for the IBEW 38th International convention, and a state Coordinator of Electrical TN Skills USA.

Apart from being an outstanding member of IBEW Local 175, he is also a member of the National Electrical Code Making Panel 7, National Fire Protection Agency, and Hamilton County Board of Electrical Examiners. He is a graduate of the National Training Institute and a Master Electrician- Class 1 Electrical Contractor License. While Keith attended school at the Chattanooga Electrical JATC he was awarded the honor of being the year 1997’s Outstanding Apprentice IBEW Local 175.

Keith has 25 years of electrical trade experience with 17 of that in teaching and 8 as our Assistant Training Director. He has worked for the electrical contractor Lawson.

You can contact Keith by email at


David Bass, 2nd Year Instructor

David is currently working at Adman and teaching 2nd year apprentices at the JATC.




Rick Stilwell, 3rd Year Instructor

Rick has been a Journeyman Wireman out of the Local IBEW 175 for 39 years. He has taught as an instructor at the JATC since 1990, and he is currently instructing the 3rd year apprentices.

Rick attended six years at NTI. Also, he is certified in Curriculum Development, Testing Development for NJATC, 3M, Elastamold, Ray Chem, Hi Voltage Splicing/Terminating, Level 1 Instrument Tech. With his 39 years experience as an inside electrician, he has worked for many contractors including: Stilwell Electrical, Mountain City Electric, Duncan Electric, NABCO Electric, and Miller Electric.

You can contact Rick by email at



Michael Sedman, 3rd Year Instructor

Michael has been a Journeyman Wireman with the Local IBEW 175 for 18 years. He has worked for Fox Electric and Young Electric during this time.  The certifications he holds are Overhead Crane Inspector, Fiber Optic Cable Terminations, and Cat 5E/Cat 6 Terminations. Currently he is teaching 3rd year apprentices.



Ross Fox, 3rd Year Instructor

Ross Fox has been teaching at the JATC for 15 years. Along with being a Journeyman Wireman with our Local IBEW 175; he is certified in PLC’s, VFD’s, Electronics, Estimating, Foremanship, Rigging, and Welding.

Ross brings with him 42 years of electrical experience working with contractors such as: CEC Electric, Coalson Electric, Lawson Electric, and Young Electric. He was also a contractor for 13 years at Fox Electric.

When Ross is not hard at work, he enjoys radio control models, photography, bicycling, and bluegrass music.

You can contact Ross Fox by email at



Tim Fowler, 4th Year Instructor

Tim Fowler, Journeyman Wireman of the IBEW Local 175, has been a JATC instructor for 14 years. He is certified in OSHA 500, High Voltage Splicing, CAT 5 Data Terminations, First AID/CPR, and Fiber Optics.

Tim has been an experienced electrician for 32 years for electrical contractors such as CEC Electric, EC Teas, Lawson, and L.E. Meyers.

When he isn’t at school, Tim loves motorcycle riding, deer hunting and camping.

You can contact Tim Fowler at


Lonnie Stephenson, 4th Year Instructor

Lonnie Stephenson has been working as a Journeyman Wireman for 14 years. He has been teaching for the JATC all 14 of those years along with working at Adman Electric. He holds many certifications including: 70E, NFRA, OSHA500/502, OSHA10/20, CPR/First Air, MSHA, and lightning protection installation.

You can reach Lonnie by email at


Dewayne Woodall, 5th Year Instructor

Dewayne brings with him 35 years of experience as a Journeyman Wireman. During that time, he has worked for different contractors such as ECITCO, Duncan, American, and Adman Electric. Dewayne has been teaching with the JATC for 15 years and is certified in OSHA, CPR/FirstAid, Rigging, and 70E.

In Dewayne’s spare time he enjoys to go camping and old cars.


Kenny Smith, Training Director, 5th Year Instructor

Kenny Smith has been an active member of the Local IBEW 175 for 41 years. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1976 and from the NECA/IBEW Apprenticeship School in 1981. He holds the City of Chattanooga Class I Electrical Contractor's License and the State of Tennessee Class I Contractor's License. Kenny is an active member of Southeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board, National Electrical Training Directors Association, and the City of Chattanooga Construction Appeals Board. He is the Chairman of the City of Chattanooga Board of Electrical Examiners, and Kenny is the former Hamilton County School Board Chairman.

Kenny has been teaching apprentices at the JATC for 17 years and has been our Training Director for 13 years.

You can reach Kenny Smith by email at


Cary Gibson, 5th Year Instructor

Cary works with Tennessee Valley Authority and teaches 5th year apprentices at the JATC.


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3924 Volunteer Drive. Chattanooga, TN 37416 | (423) 894-9053