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Advanced Lineman School

This course is strongly recommended for any personnel responsible either for the maintenance and operation of an electric system or for the education and development of other linemen’s skills. Prerequisites include a minimum of five years’ experience and successful completion of the Intermediate Lineman School.  Participants are required to be certified to climb.  Topics include the National Electric Safety Code, work zone safety, fuse coordination, three phase–reconductoring, transformer loading, competent person training, digital panels for regulators and reclosers, lightning arrestors and accident investigation.

Advanced Meter School

This school is designed for experienced meter technicians and/or technicians who have previously completed the ElectriCities Meter Technician Career Development Program. Participants will be required to be proficient in computer applications. This class will be a hands-on training class with electronic work stations for the purpose of training the student in developing electronic metering programs for Energy, Demand, Time of Use and Load Profile rates. Students will also develop an understanding of meter data communication options such as modems, RS232, Ethernet, RF, etc. Information will be provided on meter testing and trouble shooting of electronic meters. The student will bring back software that will be loaded on to their laptop computer with meter programs developed during the school. With this training, the City/Town will have the resources capable of upgrading their residential, commercial and industrial customer metering programs and the flexibility to apply new rates and communication options.

Advanced Underground School

This school provides advanced training in underground installation and maintenance of underground distribution systems. Students will learn about conduits – the basics, sizing and selection, banking and encasement and bends and elbows. Other topics include cable pulling – theory, calculations and equipment basics, handhole/manhole basics, vault construction/installation, soils and basic hydrology, excavation, loading and overcurrent considerations, planning and grounding of UCD systems and overhead/underground transitions.

Basic Lineman School

This is a new school offered for the first time in 2009. It has been created to serve two purposes: filling the gap between our Basic Climbing and Intermediate Lineman schools,and providing an additional requirement for the Lineman Degree Program through Nash Community College.  This two-fold training course begins with live classroom training sessions, including comprehensive animated slide presentations, lively discussions and a supporting workbook loaded with reference materials and classroom activities. The classroom session is followed by hands-on instruction performed outdoors, where a variety of conventional and not-so-conventional equipment is placed in the hands of the workshop participants in an effort to build an"equipment friendly" users line of detection equipment. 

Basic Meter School

The focus of this course is to be trained in the basic principles of safe operations involved in electric kilowatt-hour meters. Hands-on experience will be provided with energized electric meters. Topics include customer relations, meter definitions, reading energized watt hour meters; OSHA/APPA safety manual rules, meter applications, math for metering, meter load calculations, meter shop, meter handling, introduction to instrument transformers; meter multiplier calculations, new products, meter job hazards, safe-work practices in installing and removing energized meters and AMR/AMI Basics.

Basic Underground School

This school is for all technical and operating personnel whose jobs involve installation and maintenance of underground electrical distribution systems.  Topics include safe work practice for underground construction and maintenance, basics of primary cable and terminations, troubleshooting underground systems, cable route locating, proper splicing and terminating techniques, material identification, work orders/tailgate sessions.

Climbing School

This school is designed to assist members with training their employees whose job assignments will require them to climb poles.  This is not a school for employees who already know how to climb.  It is intended only for those with little or no experience.  Topics include flagger safety, electrical theory, transformer theory, electrical systems, generation, T&D, OSHA safe work practices, grounding, tree trimming, tools, PPE, pole climbing and pole top rescue.

Construction Standards NESC School

This workshop will address the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) which governs the design, installation and operation of your electric distribution system. Emphasis will be on the application of the ElectriCities Design and Construction Manual as it relates to the NESC. In addition, it will provide students with an introduction to the Sag and Guying Manual.

Distribution Regulator School 

This school includes topics on definition of voltage regulators, methods of voltage support, regulator types (ANSI A & B), Schematic (Auto Transformer to SVR), Connections: wye, open delta, closed delta; cascading/time delay coordination: control set-up exercise, receiving, installation and maintenance; test procedures, troubleshooting, tap changes and many more.

Distribution System Overcurrent School

This school is intended for Line Supervisors and engineering related personnel who need to understand the applications and operations of overcurrent protective devices.  Topics covered include basic philosophy, coordination theory, system faults and fuse coordination (fuse to fuse; recloser to fuse; breaker to fuse; and breaker to recloser).

Intermediate Lineman School

This one-week course is for linemen with a minimum of three years’ experience. Students will be required to climb poles, work from an aerial lift truck and perform pre-determined line construction projects.  Topics include ElectriCities construction standards, chain saw safety, tie wire, armor rods, cross arm construction, pole climbing, single-phase and three-phase line construction, pole framing, replacing damaged insulators, and installing transformers.

Leadership Skills Workshop

This workshop is designed to assist employees (regardless of their title) with the responsibility of leading and directing the work of other employees to become even more effective in their leadership, communication and motivation skills. Students will be instructed on how to identify safe work practices and safe work rules as well as address safe work rule violations.

OSHA Workshop

Students will gain an understanding of the Electric Power OSHA standards and how these standards are applied to their daily job assignments. The information will also assist the employer to understand their responsibility that employees under their supervision shall comply with the safety-related work practices required by OSHA.

Protective Grounding Workshop

This workshop is intended for electrical workers and their supervisors who are involved in protective grounding. Topics include proper grounding theory, design and application of modern grounding schemes, personal protective ground application, installation and removal; inspection of grounding systems, grounding transmission and distribution lines, grounding of substation equipment, busses, conductors and the use of grounding transformers.

Substation School

This course covers the operation and basic maintenance of substations. Students will learn how to ensure the safety of their co-workers and themselves and how to recognize and eliminate hazards they encounter in the course of their jobs.  Topics include safety in substations, substations and their functions, regulators, substation switching and isolation, maintenance testing of power transformers, demo in field, SCADA, transformer testing and lockout/tagout.

Train the Trainer Workshop

The focus of this course is to provide employees with the information and skills necessary to train the employees at their work location. The skills and techniques meet the requirements set forth by the North Carolina Department of Labor for Adult Teaching methods. It is important to know that anyone teaching the Apprenticeship Programs to their employees must first be trained in this course or an equivalent course that is accepted by the Department of Labor.This is a resource that municipalities can use to assist in the certification of their electrical employees. Only those students who demonstrate proficiency in each assigned task will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of this school.

Transformer School

This course teaches the basics of installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting transformers. The internal function, as well as the single phase, open and closed transformer banks will be discussed.  Other topics include basic theory and applications, polarity, impedance, transformer hazards, taps and winding, turn ratios, purpose of transformer nameplates, selecting protective devices and transformer banking.

Tree Trimming School

This school is designed to enhance the attendee’s knowledge of the following topics: OSHA regulations on line clearing, ANSI standards, aerial lift rescue, tree top rescue, personal protective equipment, chain saw and pole circular saw safety, minimum approach distances, knot tying, removing limbs hanging over single and three-phase conductors and trimming around energized conductors.  Other topics include proper pruning techniques, tree risk assessment, chain saw safety, knot safety, tree equipment safety (trucks and chippers), tree top rescue, climbing equipment inspection, tree biology, and safe work practices.

Trenching Competent Person/ Confined Space School

Students attending this school will learn what “Trenching Competent Person” means and how much they are required to know.  Each attendee will participate in hands-on soil classification of OSHA Soil Types A, B and C.  Topics include the most economic selection of trenching safety alternatives, most frequently cited trenching violations in NC, how to complete the OSHA trenching and excavation inspection form, new trenching safety alternatives – soil nails, grouting, tie-backs, when the OSHA regulations require an engineer to be involved, OSHA trigger depths and distances throughout the standard, what constitutes a “confined space” vs. a “permit-required confined space”, required steps and documentation to reclassify a space so the regulation no longer applies, the alternative procedure – entry without permit and without an attendant outside, full permit entry procedure, components of a written confined space entry program, required training, equipment and documentation for different entry procedures, setting up your utilities’ internal permit procedure for issuance, collection and review, live demonstration of required safety equipment, and overview of lockout/tagout procedures.

Troubleshooting School

This course is designed for the lineman with a minimum of three years experience.  Students will have an opportunity to troubleshoot a variety of electrical problems.  Topics include multimeters, fault indicators, fault locating, lockout/tagout, switching procedures, fuse coordination, troubleshooting meter bases, overhead and underground systems.

Utility Line Locator Training Workshop

This two-fold training workshop begins with live classroom training sessions, including comprehensive animated slide presentations, lively discussions and a supporting workbook loaded with reference materials and classroom activities. The classroom session is followed by a hands-on instruction performed outdoors, where a variety of conventional and not-so-conventional equipment is placed in the hands of the workshop participants in efforts to build an "equipment friendly" users line of detection equipment.