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Power Line Worker: Transmission


Building on the foundational skills covered in Power Line Worker, the two-level Power Line Worker: Transmission covers key skills for safe work on transmission structures, including rigging, structure erection, equipment installation, maintenance, live-line work and more.

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Curriculum Details

To address the need for one standardized and nationally recognized Power Line Worker curriculum, NCCER has developed Power Line Worker Level One. Common to transmission, distribution, and substation, Power Line Worker Level One addresses the fundamental aspects of power line work to include safety, electrical theory, climbing techniques, aerial framing and rigging, and operating utility service equipment. After Level One, the training program diverges into the three specialty areas (transmission, distribution, and substation) for two additional years of skills training.

Alternating Current and Three-Phase Systems
17.5 Hours

Module ID 80201-11; from Power Line Worker: Distribution Level Two: Introduces the development of both single- and three-phase alternating current. Analyzes the relationship of AC phases and introduces key components used to refine AC power. Discusses the operation of transformers and introduces advanced AC concepts such as reactive power and the power factor.

Transmission Structure Rigging
17.5 Hours

Module ID 81201-11: Covers rigging equipment and practices specific to transmission structures. Coverage includes slings, crane stability, and the safe use of personnel platforms.

Transmission Structure Erection
50 Hours

Module ID 81202-11: Describes the erection requirements for various types of transmission structures, including steel towers, wood structures, and different types of poles. Covers general construction requirements, as well as right-of-way clearing, foundations, framing and erection, guying and anchoring, and grounding and bonding.

Transmission Equipment Installation
50 Hours

Module ID 81203-11: Focuses on the safe installation of insulators and conductors. Coverage includes stringing and splicing of conductors, conductor terminations, conductor sagging, clipping in, and the installation of accessories such as vibration dampers, spacers, warning lights, and day markers.

Transmission System Maintenance
40 Hours

Module ID 81204-11: Coverage includes safety practices
related to working with helicopters, as well as inspection of insulators, towers, and poles. Discusses clearance procedures and environmental concerns such as protection of wetlands, waterways, and wildlife.

Construction, Maintenance, and Repair – Live-Line Barehand
40 Hours

Module ID 81301-12: Describes the methods used to work on live transmission lines by bonding to the line. Covers safety practices and PPE, and includes coverage of bonded buckets, non-conductive suits, insulated ladders, bonding jumpers, and rescue procedures.

Reconductoring Transmission Lines
40 Hours

Module ID 81302-12: Describes the replacement of existing transmission conductors as contrasted with installation of new conductors. Coverage includes pulling equipment setup, guard structures, and permit requirements. Includes live-line replacement as well as use of the existing conductors to pull the replacement conductors.

Construction, Maintenance, and Repair – Hot Stick
80 Hours

Module ID 81303-12: Covers tools such as hot sticks, shotgun sticks, and wire tongs, along with the PPE and safe work practices that are critical elements of live-line and bare-hand work. Includes coverage of live-line tasks such as replacing insulators, cross-arms, and spacers.

Lift Planning
40 Hours

Module ID 38302-11; from Advanced Rigger, First Edition: Discusses lift plan implementation, including reference information, calculations, single- and multiple-crane lifting, critical lifts, and engineering considerations.

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