Mississippi Power’s Jason Plummer strives to communicate information, to those of us here on Earth and even to those in space.
Plummer’s main role as a senior distribution systems analyst coincides with his work as the company’s weather forecasting contact.
The Woolmarket native also sends and receives information via his ham radio, a tech-friendly hobby that gives him an out-of-this-world ability to communicate.
“I obtained my official ham radio operator’s license in 2012,” Plummer said. “I’ve communicated with people as close as a few miles away and as far off as Germany, Puerto Rico and even the International Space Station when it flies directly overhead. It’s fun to talk to random people around the world. I’ve been on my porch and heard people who were in Japan talking. I wasn’t ever able to make contact, but could hear them. Sometimes listening is better than talking.”
Plummer joined Mississippi Power in late 2014 and works out of the Operations Center, supporting the company’s systems responsible for monitoring and reporting outages.
“I’m a computer nerd, so technology has always been interesting to me, but weather is up there too. It’s amazing to learn how these weather systems develop and behave” Plummer said. “It’s really cool to see how technology has aided weather forecasting. Now we have faster computers, newer satellites, better modeling and more data. It’s just amazing.”
Plummer says his love of technology goes as far back as he can remember, but a summer job in Alabama is what he says jump-started his quest for a computer-related career.
“When I was 18, I was working a 90-hour-a-week summer job at the Honda plant in Lincoln, Ala. running conduit and pulling wire. I saw a guy working on these huge refrigerator-sized computers that ran the machinery that built the cars. One day, I asked him what he was doing. He said ‘pull up a chair’ and he went through how he was loading software on the computers. He showed me a simulation, and it blew my mind. At that point, I said ‘that’s what I want to do.’”
Plummer ended up quitting the job, enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi, and graduating with a computer science degree.
After working at O’Neal Steel in Birmingham, Ala. and in Mobile as a government software contractor, he landed a job with Mississippi Power.
“I’ve always wanted to work for the company,” Plummer said. “I’m fortunate to be part of a great team, which makes the job fun and interesting.”
His love for computers also gravitated him to get involved with posting weather forecasts for the company, especially during hurricane season and when severe weather threatens the service territory.
“We subscribe to several different weather outlets, take different pieces of information and put together our reports,” Plummer said.
At home, Plummer enjoys spending time with his wife Amber, who’s expecting their second child, and daughter Celeste (2).
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