Course Catalog

Power Line Design and Staking

Course 101: Power Line Design & Staking, Level 1

  • Lenth: 3.5 days
  • Hours: 21
  • CEUs: 2.1(PDHs: 21)
Who should attend:
  • Everyone
Pre-requisites:
  • None
Description:

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 manual provided. Students are responsible for obtaining a copy of the 2017 NESC. The 2017 NESC may be purchased from IEEE here.

Power Line Design & Staking Kit:
Additional materials and supplies required in Levels 2 - 4 may be provided in this class (including, but not limited to, a scientific calculator with trigonometric functions).

Course 201: Power Line Design & Staking, Level 2

  • Lenth: 3.5 days
  • Hours: 21
  • CEUs: 2.1(PDHs: 21)
Who should attend:
  • Everyone
Pre-requisites:
  • Power Line Design & Staking - Level 1
Description:

Students will build on the foundation created in the prerequisite course, Level 1. This class places emphasis on joint use remedy and make ready, as well as vertical and horizontal loading. After completion of Level 2, participants will be able to complete the layout and design of most overhead 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, understand conductor blowout and design for/around grain bins, and will be able to design for crossing under transmission lines. Course manual provided.

NOTE: Students need to bring a copy of the current NESC and PLDS kit previously provided in Level 1.

Course 301: Power Line Design & Staking, Level 3

  • Lenth: 3.5 days
  • Hours: 21
  • CEUs: 2.1(PDHs: 21)
Who should attend:
  • Everyone
Pre-requisites:
  • Power Line Design & Staking - Level 1
  • Power Line Design & Staking - Level 2
Description:

Students will build on the foundation created in the prerequisite courses, Levels 1 and 2 and are introduced to underground line design. Attention is given to understanding how to apply the theories of line design to solve special problems. After completion of this course, participants will be able complete the layout and design of most overhead and underground projects. Students will also 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, and estimate sag on uneven terrain. Course manual provided.

NOTE: Students need to bring a copy of the current NESC and PLDS kit previously provided in Level 1.

Course 401: Power Line Design & Staking, Level 4

  • Lenth: 3.5 days
  • Hours: 21
  • CEUs: 2.1(PDHs: 21)
Who should attend:
  • Everyone
Pre-requisites:
  • Power Line Design & Staking - Level 1
  • Power Line Design & Staking - Level 2
  • Power Line Design & Staking - Level 3
Description:

In Level 4 of the Power Line Design series, students will be taken beyond the basics of power line design and staking and will focus on reliability and efficiency. They will discuss the aging power infrastructure and system reliability. Students will look at mechanical loading for multi-circuits, will learn about commercial load sizing and will be guided through the process of calculating loads on manufactured products. Students will review NESC and will 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. They will spend time learning about system protection and balance, including proper protective equipment selection and placement. Students will also discuss storm preparation (hardening of the system) and recovery (getting the system back operational).

NOTE: Students need to bring a copy of the current NESC and PLDS kit previously provided in Level 1.

Specialty Courses

Course 500: Understanding the NESC – for Distribution Utilities

  • Lenth: 2 days
  • Hours: 14
  • CEUs: 1.4(PDHs: 14)

Who should attend:

  • Staking/Field Technicians
  • Distribution Line Workers
  • System and Line Designers
  • Engineers
  • Utility Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • System Engineers
  • Line Inspection Personnel
  • Electric Utility Contractors
Pre-requisites:
  • Attendees need a basic understanding of distribution power systems & line design
Description:

A general overview of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) was developed primarily for electric utility personnel and contractors responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of distribution power lines and systems. This course provides attendees with a brief history of the NESC, its purpose, as well as the structure of the organization, roles of committees and the process for determining rules. This course focuses on rules associated with installation and maintenance of overhead and underground electric supply and communication lines, work rules associated with the same, and with particular attention given to changes introduced in the latest 2017 edition of the NESC. Worksheet exercises allow participants to apply NESC rules as they calculate load, clearance and sag for sample designs. A course guide is provided. Students are responsible for obtaining a copy of the 2017 NESC. The 2017 NESC may be purchased from IEEE here.

Course 505: Underground Distribution Power Design

  • Lenth: 2 days
  • Hours: 14
  • CEUs: 1.4(PDHs: 14)

Who should attend:

  • Staking/Field Technicians
  • Distribution Line Workers
  • System and Line Designers
  • Engineers
  • Utility Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • System Engineers
  • Line Inspection Personnel
  • Electric Utility Contractors
Pre-requisites:
  • Attendees need a basic understanding of distribution power systems & line design
Description:

This 2 day course introduces students to the basics of engineering design for underground distribution. The course presents some of the common reasons for designing underground power distribution, advantages and disadvantages of underground vs. overhead distribution and major factors to consider when designing for underground power. Students look at underground cable types, installation, equipment options and applications, and NESC requirements for preparing underground distribution layouts. Students review single and 3-phase transformer sizing and voltage drop calculations. Instruction also includes an overview of protection devices and maintenance issues unique to underground systems. Course handbook provided.

Course 510: Power System Protection for Distribution Utilities

  • Lenth: 2 days
  • Hours: 14
  • CEUs: 1.4(PDHs: 14)

Who should attend:

  • Staking/Field Technicians
  • Distribution Line Workers
  • System and Line Designers
  • Engineers
  • Utility Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • System Engineers
  • Line Inspection Personnel
  • Electric Utility Contractors
Pre-requisites:
  • Attendees need a basic understanding of distribution power systems & line design
Description:

This class focuses on system protection with regards to power line design and maintenance. Students will get a general overview of distribution power system protection planning and design. This 2-day course will then shift focus to major causes of equipment failure and the function and application of various protective devices used on the distribution system. Students will learn about protective relays, current transformers, voltage regulators, instrumentation, circuit breakers, reclosers, and fuses. They will learn types of equipment each device is designed to protect, as well as the purpose and importance of protective device (or system) coordination. Course handbook provided.

Course 516: Transformer Basics for Distribution Line Design

  • Lenth: 2 days
  • Hours: 14
  • CEUs: 1.4(PDHs: 14)

Who should attend:

  • Staking/Field Technicians
  • Distribution Line Workers
  • System and Line Designers
  • Engineers
  • Utility Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • System Engineers
  • Line Inspection Personnel
  • Electric Utility Contractors
Pre-requisites:
  • Attendees need a basic understanding of distribution power systems & line design
Description:

This class focuses on distribution transformers with regards to power line design and maintenance. Students will learn the fundamentals of distribution transformer operation and application in relation to power system design. The class will include an introduction to induction theory and transformer types and construction. Students will get an overview of transformer sizing method and will use engineering formulas to properly size transformers for residential and commercial load requirements. They will learn about common transformer connections, winding configurations and major criteria to consider in evaluating field design options. The course will include an overview of basic protective devices and their functions, capacitors and power factor correction, and brief look at transformer maintenance issues and inspection. Course handbook provided.

Course 640: The D.O.T. Process - Simplified for Electric Utilities

  • Lenth: 2 days
  • Hours: 14
  • CEUs: 1.4(PDHs: 14)

Who should attend:

  • Staking/Field Technicians
  • Distribution Line Workers
  • Engineers
  • Utility Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • System Engineers
  • Operations Managers
  • Safety Managers
  • Communication Line Workers
  • Electric Utility Contractors
Pre-requisites:
  • 3-6 months work experience in or with electric utilities
Description:

One of the most challenging aspects of a highway relocation project is the coordination of communication and planning between the state department of transportation (D.O.T.) and Electric Utilities. Each state D.O.T. - as well as each Electric Utility - follows its own processes and procedures for relocations, creating much room for miscommunication and costly project delays. This 2-day overview and workshop focuses on highway relocations and unique issues electric utility personnel face working with their state department of transportation. Attendees will be shown how to read a set of D.O.T. plans and will discuss the D.O.T. process in general (some of the similarities and differences from state to state). Attendees will get an overview of typical Electric Utility and D.O.T. responsibilities. Tips will be given on how to avoid some of the more common "pitfalls" when working with the State D.O.T. on these projects. Attendees will also review actual sets of D.O.T. plans and will be given opportunity to work through various stages of a highway widening project and propose solutions for several challenges presented along the way. Course handbook provided.

Upcoming Specialty Courses

Seminars & Workshops

Course 601: Introduction to Power Systems and Electric Utilities

  • Lenth: 1 day
  • Hours: 7
  • CEUs: 0.7(PDHs: 7)
Who should attend:
  • Anyone employed by or working for or with an electric utility.
Pre-requisites:
  • None
Description:

Attendees get a history and overview of the electric power system from generation to transmission to distribution. They learn the basics of electricity, common electric utility terminology and equipment. The will also learn about the types of electric utilities – their major functions and differences, and about the major regulatory agencies and other influential organizations in the industry. Students will come away from the course with a better understanding of their utilities’ purpose and goals and relationships that exists between the different power systems, governing agencies, local communities and electric utility customers.

Course 605: 2017 NESC - Significant Changes Seminar for Distribution Utilities

  • Lenth: 1 day
  • Hours: 7
  • CEUs: 0.7(PDHs: 7)
Who should attend:
  • Staking/Field Technicians
  • Distribution Line Workers
  • Designers
  • Engineers
  • Utility Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • System Engineers
  • Operations Managers
  • Safety Managers
  • Communication Line Workers
  • Electric Utility Contractors
  • Line Inspection Personnel
Pre-requisites:
  • None
Description:

With each new update, the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) brings in new changes that affect many departments in your utility. Learning these changes is imperative to maintaining and operating a safe utility system, in turn, improving system reliability. UTS presents this NESC update seminar to address multi-functional groups across the entire utility and provides a forum to discuss all the important code issues from safety, to design, to construction. Seminar guide provided.

NOTE: A copy of the NESC is NOT required, nor is it provided, in this seminar. However, some students may find it helpful to follow along in the codebook. The 2017 NESC may be purchased from IEEE here.

Course 610: Electric Utility Safety Seminar

  • Lenth: 1 day
  • Hours: 7
  • CEUs: 0.7(PDHs: 7)
Who should attend:
  • Anyone employed by or working for or with an electric utility.
Pre-requisites:
  • None
Description:

UTS’s Utility Safety Seminar provides a general overview of electric utility safety needs and responsibilities and facilitates group discussion on how to create a culture of safety in a utility. Participants will learn the importance of adherence to safety procedures in the utility industry, the importance of putting safety first and the individual’s role in creating a safe working environment. Seminar guide provided.

Course 630: Line Design & Staking Concepts for Non-Engineering

  • Lenth: 1 day
  • Hours: 7
  • CEUs: 0.7(PDHs: 7)
Who should attend:
  • Distribution Line Workers
  • Communication Line Workers
  • Electric Utility Contractors
  • Line Designers
  • Line Inspection Personnel
  • Maintenance & Construction Supervisors
  • Operations Managers
  • Safety Managers
  • Engineering Administrative Personnel
Pre-requisites:
  • Basic understanding of distribution power systems
Description:

This one day line design and staking overview seminar is designed especially for non-engineering electric utility personnel who want to learn more about factors taken into consideration by engineers and field technicians when designing layout of, support structures and equipment to be used for distribution power delivery. Several basic requirements of the National Electric Safety Code are reviewed to illustrate their effect on engineering design decisions and the dangers associated with improperly modifying a design in the field. Non-code and non-construction factors such as easements, permitting, environmental issues, etc are discussed as well. After completing this seminar, participants will have a better understanding of the power line design process from system planning to construction as well as a better understanding of how their own jobs contribute to, and are affected by, the design process. Seminar guide provided.

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Electric Utility Contractor - Certificate Courses

Electric Utility Contractors - Certificate Courses

  • Lenth: Varies by course
Who should attend:
  • Staking & Field Technicians
  • Electric Utility Contractors
  • Distribution Line Workers
  • Right of Way Crews
  • Maintenance & Construction Supervisors
Pre-requisites:
  • Some electric utility field design and/or construction would be extremely beneficial, but not required.
Description:

Topics covered in these courses: Electric utility safety, distribution system overview, conducting a tailgate meeting, roadside set-up, NESC for emergency/temporary design & construction, and when things go wrong (Hurt-Man removal and appropriate appropriate responses to emergencies). Also covered are accounting and reporting tips to help with "the books". EUC Courses are only available onsite and for hosted training events.

Upcoming EUC Courses

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