Sunday Apr 02, 2023

New facilities planner joins NATCO’s engineering team –



North Arkansas Telephone Company (NATCO) in Flippin has selected a facilities planner for its engineering team.

NATCO says Micha Johnson will plan and coordinate all outside plant construction activity within the company’s service area in his new position, including aerial and buried cable route extensions, upgrades and replacement activities. Johnson will also ensure NATCO’s compliance with federal rural utilities service (RUS) specifications for work performed by outside contractors and engineers.

Johnson, formerly of Kansas City, Missouri, spent five years working with AT&T as a premise technician, a senior training manager and an in-home expert, where he worked with customers and trained employees on installing, maintaining and troubleshooting copper, fiber and satellite connections.

Johnson also worked with Ervin Cable Construction as an OSP Designer II in a lead engineer position. In the lead engineer position, he designed CAD prints and splicing designs for clients and the internal construction group. Johnson designed cellular and internet networks, as well as the backhauls and fronthauls that connected office equipment to cellphone and internet sites. While with Ervin Cable Construction, he designed networks for distributed antenna systems that fed stadiums, hospitals and large-scale offices and buildings.

Johnson says, “My daily work responsibilities are a mix of engineering, accounting and assignment tasks. Due to the breadth of duties required to be successful in this role, I have had to maintain a student mentality.”

Monica Principato, resident engineer, says, “Micha’s previous experiences as an OSP design engineer and premise techniciant will help NATCO better servce our internal and external customers.”

Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pittsburg State University and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University. He and his family, including his wife, their three children and their two dogs, came to Mountain Home from Kansas City. Johnson says he and his family are ready to enjoy the benefits of life in the Ozarks.

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