A crisis is brewing for utilities and companies seeking to equip the next generation of linemen. By 2016, an estimated 50,000 new linemen will need to be trained as more than one-third of all current field personnel are expected to retire over the next five years. The traditional training program that could take nearly 20 years to shape a new recruit into a first-line supervisor is no longer suitable. Accelerated learning is mandatory. Also, the future of regulation in the electric ...

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