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Former Student Rex Nobles Demonstrates Equipment He Designed and Patented

Rex Nobles (second from left) explains to students taking PCC instructor Eddie Sherrod's industrial wiring course this summer how the "Pole Dancer" device he designed and patented is used by electrical contractors to set up light poles.

WINTERVILLE—Former Pitt Community College student Rex Nobles returned to campus May 31 to teach Electrical/Electronics Technology (EET) students about ‘pole dancing’ – and not the kind found in nightclubs.

Nobles, who took courses at Pitt after graduating from Farmville Central High School in 1986, demonstrated a device he designed and patented to make light pole installation and maintenance safer and easier. Called “Pole Dancer,” the tool helps electrical contractors save time, labor and money.

Nobles’ visit came at the request of EET Instructor Joseph Strickland, who said he organized the demonstration for students studying site lighting as part of their industrial wiring coursework. He said he tries to bring a professional from the electrical field to campus each semester to provide a hands-on demonstration for students and to motivate them.

In addition to showing students how his invention worked, Nobles encouraged them to dedicate themselves to their studies. He added that his former instructors had not only taught him about electricity, they’d taught him about life as well.

Nobles also stressed to students the importance of safety in the workplace. After a safety briefing and hardhats were issued, students were given a chance to operate the Pole Dancer equipment. They later shared with their instructors how easy it was to move a light pole wherever they wanted to with it, once the pole was properly connected to the device.

Nobles, who owned and operated an electrical contracting company in the area for 15 years, started Wahoo Innovations, Inc., in 2011 to market his Pole Dancer creation. That same year, the device won the Showstopper Award at the National Electrical Contractors Association convention in San Diego.

Pole Dancer, which can be used to set up a 40-foot, 800-pound light pole, is easily portable and takes approximately 10 minutes to assemble. On the company’s website, Wahoo Innovations states that in most situations, two people can use the equipment to set one light pole every eight minutes.

For more details on Pole Dancer, visit www.lightpoledancer.com.