Candidates may want to pursue a career in line work but lack the aptitude or the willingness to climb wood poles and other structures. Before investing a lot of time to train potential candidates, organize a prescreening to weed out any applicants who aren’t physically able to do the work. SMUD tests its applicants in the Hedge Training Yard, which has fall protection devices installed on the wood poles for maximum safety.
By giving apprentices hands-on experiences in the field, they can successfully perform a wide range of line work once they top out as journeymen. At SMUD, the apprentices must complete a hot stick school before they're able to work live on the system.
Try to offer training to journeymen at least once a year. Apprentices and veteran journeymen both can benefit from continuing education courses. For example, SMUD offers bundled training sessions to its journeymen on hurt-man rescue and other techniques.
To improve productivity and ensure the safety of your field workforce, train your apprentices and journeymen how to use new tools and technology. For example, SMUD equipped its field workforce with hot sticks and taught the linemen how to perform tasks like cutting in double dead-ends during a training session.
When SMUD initiates new training, such as rubber gloving its 12/21-kV circuits, the utility brings in a contractor to provide the training. The utility then trains its own in-house trainers through a Train-the-Trainer program. For lineworker-specific skills training, the utility relies on its own linemen and foremen, while the company depends upon its corporate safety department to provide regulatory and compliance training. Additionally, cyber security, inclusion and district training is developed, maintained and rolled out through the departments that are specifically tasked with those responsibilities.
While it’s advantageous to offer in-person training sessions whenever possible, the field workforce can also benefit from online training programs. For example, SMUD not only offers hands-on training on skills such as hot sticking, but its Learning Management System also develops and maintains Web-based courses as well.
Here are six ways a utility can create a training program that will ensure their linemen's success — from their first day on the job though their last few years in the industry.
In the picture 4 i saw any lineman wearing glove and sleeve and the lineman do not avoit second point of contact What are they learning
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Training is a very small area of interest for most linemen I have ever worked with. You want to retain linemen for real, focus on the four lineman 'Holy Grails' (Trucks, Tools, Boots/Clothes, and Pay).
I'm interested with your online training resources. how to avail on this?
Great to see and share about attending a line school first. We at Northwest Lineman College campuses are committed to train and equip all new and experienced lineman with the best tools and techniques of the trade. At all Three campuses we now have a Smart Grid Design lab to train as well. Thank you for the great attention to training and success in the industry. I share all these same thoughts when I talk about retention and recruiting. Contact me anytime. Work Safe
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