Eagan, MN September 17, 2013 – MEA is excited to announce that the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) has chosen to train its electric lineworkers using ElectricU.org. ElectricU is MEA’s library of electric Lineworker training materials and is part of EnergyU. IAEC is now the fourth state association to adopt EnergyU.
“We have been looking for improved ways to train our new and existing lineworkers at our many member cooperatives,” says John Dvorak, Safety Director at IAEC. “MEA’s ElectricU offers us a big improvement over the existing programs available. It’s more efficient, more up-to-date, flexible, and remarkably comprehensive.” He continued, “We have an existing training program, but are updating it with the adoption of ElectricU as an improvement to our existing curricula.”
Member companies, and importantly, state associations, may subscribe to MEA’s learning tools. MEA’s Director of Sales, Tom Jackson explains, “Groups of municipal or cooperative utilities enjoy a significant savings with our training tools when their group subscribes as a whole.” Dvorak agreed, saying “We are able to provide ElectricU to our member cooperatives at approximately half the cost of their purchasing it individually.”
ElectricU teaches over 200 identified tasks which were identified as the core knowledge that a skilled lineworker or underground worker should know. The ElectricU materials can be used to complement a utility’s or contractor company’s existing apprentice and journeyman training programs and provide updated, industry-consensus learning at a fraction of the cost of classroom training.
ElectricU courses are accessed via the internet or through a company’s intranet. In addition, course content can be presented in a traditional classroom setting with a laptop and LCD projector for review and to discuss proper procedures. Courses are assigned, delivered, and tracked using either MEA’s or a company’s own learning management system (LMS). Every course offers a pre- and post-course knowledge test and recordkeeping feature. In addition, most courses have one or more Performance Evaluation Forms (PEF). The PEFs are designed for use in simulated hands-on training to determine if an individual has the knowledge and skills to perform a particular task. Courses are AICC and SCORM compliant.
Interested utilities, contractors, schools, and unions can obtain more information by visitinghttp://www.ElectricU.org or by contacting Tom Jackson at (651) 289-9600 x112; tomj(at)midwestenergy(dot)org.
Formed by rural electric cooperatives in 1942, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives performs many vital functions for its members, including:
- Legislative advocacy at state and national levels
- Safety training programs, and a statewide disaster plan to help restore power quickly and safely during emergencies
- Educational programming and conferences for co-op directors, managers and staff
- Policy development and review of utility regulations
- Communications material and services
- Living with Energy in Iowa magazine
- Coordination of the Iowa Electric Cooperatives’ Youth Tour of Washington, D.C.
- Statewide benefit packages for cooperative employees and their families
In the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, there are 34 distribution cooperatives that deliver electricity directly to consumers. There also are seven generation and transmission cooperatives in the association that generate electricity and deliver it to the distribution cooperatives. As a whole, Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives provide electricity in all of the state’s 99 counties to approximately 650,000 Iowans.
MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and business. MEA (Midwest ENERGY Association) was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, energy delivery companies around the globe benefit from MEA's industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for energy delivery companies.