Gaspar Lopez
Foreman │ Union
Generation
13 years of service
Gaspar Lopez
Foreman │ Union
Generation
13 years of service

Gaspar manages a small civil crew at Kaweah that maintains miles of waterways to keep the Kaweah hydro plants functioning. This involves hours of hard physical labor while working in the trenches side by side with his crew. He manages his crew extremely well, never hesitating to do more than his fair share of office work, as well as volunteering to create work efficiencies that help reduce costs. Gaspar is detail-oriented and very thorough in his inspection of the lines and notifications of work that needs to be performed. He makes sure the full inventory of needed engineering drawings and spec sheets for rebuilds are on hand — requiring a bit of extra searching in the records room. He is a true steward of the assets and takes extra steps to make sure the job gets done right.

One indicator of his strong performance record is, even as the crew has decreased in numbers, the work has grown. This is due to Gaspar’s reputation for being hard working, driven and very efficient. He has found ways to optimize using helicopters to fly loads back and forth to save time and crew work. Outside of his regular duties, Gaspar looks for improvement opportunities and to cut inefficiencies. He successfully made the case to remove a contractor because in-house staff could do the work cheaper and faster without the markup for outsourcing. He saved the company 50% on a single job. He also looks for ways to save money by consolidating many work orders by area.

Although Gaspar has a quiet and humble demeanor, he is very inclusive and welcoming. His commitment to his crew, co-workers and team is one of his best attributes. He really knows his crew on a deep level, and his friendship and caring for them extends beyond the work place. His crew works hard, and he works hard and gets right in there alongside them. Workers with his dedication do not come along very often. His positive spirit lifts and motivates everyone he meets.