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Power Line Design & Staking

What is the Utility Training Services, Inc. (UTS) Power Line Design & Staking Certification Program? UTS's Power Line Design and Staking Certification program was one of the first of its kind in the industry and continues to lead the way as a model training plan for electric utilities as it provides the essential tools necessary for engineering and line design personnel to become experts in their field and advance in the industry.  The multi-tiered program focuses on the understanding and application of engineering design guidelines for electric distribution systems. New line designers will leave each course with the strong foundation necessary to move forward in a career in line design, while the experienced designers gain the confidence of knowing how to prove their decisions on paper. This comprehensive certification program verifies proficiency at each level and provides a roadmap for lifelong learning for electric utility engineering and technical personnel.

What are the certification requirements?  Certification requires successful completion of 84 hours of instruction in four core courses with demonstrated proficiency in each class.  Students receive a certificate of successful completion after passing each course. Upon completion of the four levels, individuals receive a certification diploma and a “UTS Certified Professional” logo shirt.  To keep certification current, individuals should try to take a minimum of 14 hours every other year.

Who should attend the Power Line Design & Staking Certification Program?   Staking/Field Technicians, Distribution Line Workers, System and Line Designers, Engineers, Utility Managers, Engineering Managers, System Engineers, Electric Utility Contractors, and any other staff interested in this area.

About UTS:  Utility Training Services, Inc. (UTS) - formerly Power Delivery Associates' Technical Training - is an independently owned and operated utility training company. UTS is a team of consulting and training professionals dedicated to providing exceptional technical and professional training to electric utility personnel nationwide. At UTS, we constantly strive to provide leading industry expertise and material that is relevant and useful. Our instructors possess many years of knowledge and utility experience and have a unique talent for communicating on every level of learning.

UTS management and staff have been developing and providing technical, operations and management training services through PDA since 2001 and have implemented and continued to offer many of the same classes and programs at Utility Training Services. UTS takes pride in the dedicated collaboration of our curriculum.

 

Course 101: Power Line Design & Staking, Level 1

  • 3.5 days for facilitator-led or approximately one month for the online class
  • Pre-requisite:  None
  • Continuing Education Credit:  2.1 CEUs or 21 PDHs

In Level 1 Power Line Design and Staking, students will gain a strong foundation necessary to help them advance in the field of line design and staking. This class will include the basic engineering of overhead single-phase lines typically expected of beginning line design personnel. After completion of this course, participants will be able to complete overhead transformer and service conductor sizing, calculate accurate guy leads for both angle and dead end situations, interpret and implement sag charts in clearance design, and will be able to navigate the NESC in order to locate important rules and tables necessary for safe design. Course handbook, scientific calculator and class supplies provided (calculator needed for Levels 2-4 also).    

When:  TBD

Fee: 

  • VMDAEC Members: $1,300 to $1,500 per person depending on the number of enrollments
  • VMDAEC Non-Members: $1,400 to $1,600 per person depending on the number of enrollments

Where:  TBD - VMDAEC Headquarters or Online

            

 

Course 201: Power Line Design & Staking, Level 2

  • 3.5 days for facilitator-led or approximately one month for the online class
  • Pre-requisite:  Power Line Design & Staking, Level 1
  • Continuing Education Credit:  2.1 CEUs or 21 PDHs

In Level 2, you will build on the foundation created in the pre-requisite course, Level 1. This class places emphasis on joint use remedy and make ready, as well as underground design. After completion of Level 2, you will be able to complete the layout and design of most overhead and underground projects, understand and utilize NESC and sag chart criteria, evaluate and design make ready/remedy for joint use facilities, calculate the mechanical loading effects of line design, and understand conductor blowout and design for/around grain bins. Course manual provided. Students must bring a copy of the current NESC to class and the Power Line Design Series Kit provided in Level 1.    

When: TBD

Fee: 

  • VMDAEC Members: $1,300 to $1,500 per person depending on the number of enrollments
  • VMDAEC Non-Members: $1,400 to $1,600 per person depending on the number of enrollments

Where:  TBD - VMDAEC Headquarters or Online

 

 

Course 301: Power Line Design & Staking, Level 3

  • 3.5 days for facilitator-led or approximately one month for the online class
  • Pre-requisite: Power Line Design & Staking, Levels 1 & 2
  • Continuing Education Credit: 2.1 CEUs or 21 PDHs

In Level 3, you will build on the foundation created in the prerequisite courses, Levels 1 and 2. Attention is given to understanding how to apply the theories of line design to solve special problems. After completion of this course, you will be able to understand the physical loads on the Distribution system and the associated hardware, read DOT projects, class poles, design for special guying situations, calculate sag and create a stringing chart, estimate sag on uneven terrain, and be able to design for crossing under transmission lines. Course manual provided. Students must bring a copy of the current NESC to class and the Power Line Design Series Kit provided in Level 1.       

When: TBD              

Fee: 

  • VMDAEC Members: $1,300 to $1,500 per person depending on the number of enrollments
  • VMDAEC Non-Members: $1,400 to $1,600 per person depending on the number of enrollments

Where:   TBD - VMDAEC Headquarters or Online

              

 

Course 401: Power Line Design & Staking, Level 4

  • 3.5 days for facilitator-led
  • Pre-requisite:  Power Line Design & Staking, Levels 1 - 3
  • Continuing Education Credit: 2.1 CEUs or 21 PDHs

In Level 4 of the Power Line Design series, you will be taken beyond the basics of power line design and staking and will focus on reliability and efficiency. Class discussion will include the aging power infrastructure and system reliability.  You will look at mechanical loading for multi-circuits, learn about commercial load sizing, and be guided through the process of calculating loads on manufactured products. Participants will review NESC and learn when and how to apply Rule 250 C and D. Classroom discussion will include a brief look at how local requirements and/or RUS standards and bulletins incorporate (and compare to) NESC rules. This course will instruct attendees about system protection and balance, including proper protective equipment selection and placement. There will also be a discussion on storm preparation (hardening of the system) and recovery (getting the system back operational). Course manual provided.  Students must bring a copy of the current NESC to class and the Power Line Design Series Kit provided in Level 1.

When: TBD

Fee: 

  • VMDAEC Members: $1,300 to $1,500 per person depending on the number of enrollments
  • VMDAEC Non-Members: $1,400 to $1,600 per person depending on the number of enrollments

Where:  TBD - VMDAEC Headquarters

 

Questions?  Contact Brandon Burton at Training@vmdaec.com.

 

 


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