VMDAEC Training Center
1293 Salem Church Road, Palmyra, VA 22963
The Virginia-Maryland-Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) has developed a new apprentice training program for the electric metering trade. This new four-year, eight-step employee development program is called “Meter Technician Apprentice Program” and is designed to train students to become competent electric meter technicians in the electric utility industry.
The core of the VMDAEC Apprentice Meter Technician Training Program consists of the Northwest Lineman College “Meter Technician Certification Program.” Additional metering specific theory, topics and materials have been coupled with the Northwest program modules to enhance and strengthen the overall meter training program.
Coupling the Northwest Lineman College Program with the on-the-job training materials provided by VMDAEC brings the new meter training program into compliance with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s strict guidelines required for a four year apprenticeship program.
FOUR YEARS / 8 STEPS
The four year apprentice training program consists of eight steps. Each step consists of a 32-hour workshop presented at the VMDAEC Training Center and are scheduled at six month intervals. Each workshop will introduce the student to topics that are relevant to their metering job. As the workshops progress, the materials presented and taught become more difficult and challenge the student to grow in their craft.
The workshops are designed to allow each student to grow in their metering knowledge and skills enabling them to bring these back to their job. Each workshop will have training modules with tests and hands-on training in the particular topics being taught. When the student returns to their job they will be prepared to complete the Northwest Lineman College module tests.
When attending each workshop, students will be provided a curriculum package of material to review and learn on-the-job over the next six months. Each curriculum package will provide the student with additional knowledge that builds on previous steps. Students will be required to take written examinations covering the materials learned in the curriculum package. The examinations will be mailed to the VMDAEC meter program instructor for grading and recording. Graded tests will be returned to the student’s utility designated person or department.
An integral part of the curriculum material is the successful completion of the “Job Competency” requirements that are included with each curriculum package. The student must demonstrate their “Job Competency” to their utilities designated person by performing the required job tasks learned. Once the designated utility person is satisfied that the student can perform each task competently, the designated person will sign-off on the “Job Competency Form” and the student is then considered qualified to perform that task. A signed copy of the completed “Job Competency Form” must be returned to: Dirrick K. Simmons, Safety Training Coordinator, Electric Cooperative Training Center, 1293 Salem Church Road, Palmyra, VA 22963.
The training program will be reviewed and stamped by a professional engineer practicing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The PE stamp will attest that the training program was developed utilizing prudent operating and engineering business practices.
The “Meter Technician Apprentice Program” will be submitted to the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry for approval. Once approval is gained this training program will join both the “Lineman” and the “Substation Technician” Apprentice programs presently approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and offered at the VMDAEC Training Center in Palmyra, Virginia.
The development of curriculum program materials, competency requirements and workshop training modules will be completed by June 2021. (Due to high interest, we have scheduled to begin offering the first workshop in our new training program in early July 2021).
We expect to submit the “Meter Technician Apprentice Program” to the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry for approval in the third quarter of 2021.
In order to gain approval from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry our new training program must meet strict guidelines. The program must be presented in a certain format and must meet certain criteria.