James "Jim" McKenna

James McKenna started working for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as a groundman in 1961.  He rose quickly, becoming general foreman within ten years.  By the end of his 35 years of service he’s served as Operations Manager and Manager of Robotics & Technology R&D Division.  While working with R&D, Jim was instrumental in bringing new technologies to the field including directional boring, mobile infrared utility inspection, robotic assist arms, and the prototype robotic utility vehicle.  He’s also published several articles relating to his innovative work.

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