2019 – Class Descriptions
1. (6 hours) Basic- Basic Metering & Instrument Transformers for the Lineman: This class will cover the history of electrical metering, general description of meters, nameplate data, instrument transformers, proper selection of metering equipment, meter constants, self-contained and instrument metering circuits. Basic Smart grid and AMI technology will also be discussed.
Chuck Vaughn—Border States Electric
Jon Chastain—The Durham Company
2. (3 hours) Basic – Distribution Transformers: History, Theory, and Application, of 3-Phase Connections. A practical, but thorough discussion of Distribution Transformers and Connections used in our Industry today. The class will include sizing, fusing, and troubleshooting wye and delta connections. The class will also include demonstrations with live transformer simulators. The class will conclude with “Transformer Jeopardy”.
Dave Campbell—Pratt Community College
3. (1 1/2 hour) Basic – Safe and Proper Installation of Preformed Ties and Motion Control of Conductors: This class will cover the proper installation of factory formed ties. Gloving techniques will be demonstrated. Included this year will be installation and placement of line vibration control devices and conductor repair products.
Dan McMullen - - Preformed Line Products
4. (1 1/2 hour) Basic – Underground Cable Termination: Proper selection and installation of cable terminations, elbows, splices, and OH terminators. Safety considerations in working underground cable systems. This will include a discussion of cable preparation and the installation of a loadbreak elbow. 200 A and 600 A will be covered.
Mike Quay - - ABB Installation Products
5. (1 1/2 hour) Basic—Advanced Metering Infrastructure and How It Benefits Today’s Utility Personnel: AMI is a powerful tool from checking voltage to monitoring usage, there are many benefits that can be seen by utility personnel. This presentation will highlight many of those benefits.
Kristen Koehn—Pioneer Electric Cooperative
6.(1 1/2 hour) Basic—Fault Locating and Sectionalizing: Primary Underground fault locating and sectionalizing using arc reflection.
Steve Broadrick—Von Company/Moehn Sales
7. (1 1/2 hour) Basic—Rope Tying: This class will teach all the knots needed for lineman.
John Delsman—Hubbell Power Systems
8. (1 1/2 hour) Basic – Light Maintenance and Pre-operational inspection: Light maintenance on Chassis. Pre-operational inspection of Derrick or Aerial.
9. (1 1/2 hour) Basic—Drone Licensing and Uses: This class will discuss how to get a Remote Pilot’s License and register your drone. We will discuss the difference between fixed wing and quadcopter drones and the uses of each. We will have different drones on display, discuss the cost of each and show sample data taken with each drone.
Mark Dinkel—Wheatland Electric
10. (1 1/2 hour) Basic--Chain Saw Safety & Maintenance: We will go over the basics chainsaw safety and how to properly maintain your chainsaw to keep it in good working condition.
Ricky Solida—Solida Tree Service Inc.
11. (1 1/2 hour) Intermediate—Practical Application of the NESC for Distribution Systems: This discussion will cover the application of the NESC for distribution systems while focusing on some of the more common violations found in the field. We will discuss strategies to avoid these violations in order to improve safety and reduce utility risk exposure. Bring your copy of the codebook with you and make notes in the margins!
Brian Tomlinson—Power Engineers
12. (1 1/2 hour) Basic—Importance of Pole Inspection & Life Extension: We will discuss Aging Infrastructure, How to identify the problems, What to Look for, How Poles Decay, Why Poles Decay and Scientific Data. We will also look at Liability and Safety, Economical/Financial Effects, Preservatives & Treatments, and Engineering/Load Factors.
Hunter Heckel—Osmose Utilities
13. (1 1/2 hour) Basic—Understanding LED Lighting: Course demonstrates the basic terminology, designs, and functions of LED luminaires for roadway and pedestrian lighting. Examples of HID versus LED designs and the maintenance and energy cost savings of utilizing LED lighting. Students will have a better understanding of LED lighting and how it improves the quality of light in the communities they live in.
Patricia Adams—Border States Electric
14. (1 1/2 hour) Basic – System Coordination & Overcurrent Protection: This class will provide a basic understanding of System Coordination for an electric utility system starting at the Source and working out to the end of the circuit. We will also look at the application, function, and operation of the Overcurrent Protection equipment used in system coordination. This equipment includes breakers, reclosers, sectionalizers and fused cutouts.
Lyle Kroeker—Border States Electric