NEPPA Programs

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Apprentice Lineworker Program

  • Year One: Includes an introduction to power delivery, basic electrical theory, transformer basics, climbing wood poles, knots/splices/ropes, and electrical systems; first aid and safety; OSHA requirements, mathematics and practical application. Students new to the program should have been previously pre-qualified. Click to download the Year One Student Enrollment Application.
  • Year Two: Underground/overhead conductors; AC fundamentals; personal protective grounding/jumpers; rigging; substations; additional safety and OSHA instruction. Pre-requisite: Year One
  • Year Three: Introduction to the National Electric Safety Code, system power flow and transformers; metering; maps and standards; continuing training on safety and OSHA requirements. Pre-requisite: Year Two
  • Year Four: Overhead/underground line design, system operation and automation; trouble investigation, vegetation management and crew leadership; continued safety training. Pre-requisite: Year Three

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Substation I

Program consists of Safety in Substations; AC/DC Power Systems; Mathematics for Sub Techs; Power Transformers; Batteries, Cells, and Chargers; Intro to Relays; Intro to Circuit Breakers; Intro to Circuit Reclosers; Capacitor Banks, Intro to Voltage Regulators, and Substation Inspections.

 

Students will learn:

  • To become aware of the hazards inside substations
  • To understand the difference between AC Power and DC Power
  • To use mathematics as a tool for solving problems and to calculate various electrical quantities
  • To understand the importance of cells and batteries in a substation
  • To understand how relays operate and their function
  • To understand basic checks and tests that need to be performed in a substation
  • To understand the role and safe operation of circuit reclosers, circuit breakers, and voltage regulators
  • To conduct thorough inspections of substations

Format:
Lecture followed by student practice

 

Course materials and prerequisites:
No prerequisite required, but a basic knowledge of mathematics is beneficial.

 

For more information, contact Colleen Del Signore at cdelsignore@neppa.org or 978-540-2209

 

Substation II

Program consists of Clearing Substation Equipment for Maintenance; Device ID’s; Grounding and Clearances in Substations; Electrical Test Equipment and Testing Substation Equipment; Advanced Relays; Advanced Circuit Breakers; Programming Circuit Reclosers; Advanced Voltage Regulators; Wiring Diagrams and Spill Control, and Countermeasure Plans.

 

Students will learn:

  • To become aware of the hazards inside substations
  • To understand how to clear substation equipment for maintenance
  • Some of the most important tests that can be performed on substation equipment and how to interpret results
  • How the most advanced relays in a substation operate and how they are tested
  • Tests that are performed on different styles of circuit breakers
  • To program circuit reclosers
  • To troubleshoot voltage regulators
  • To design an SPCC plan for a substation

Format:
Lecture followed by student practice. The course is broken down into 10 segments

 

Course prerequisites:
No prerequisite required, but a basic knowledge of mathematics is beneficial. Completion of Substation I Program is strongly recommended, but not absolutely necessary.

 

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Metering I

The course is broken down into eight sections. The topics covered are: Metering Safety, an Intro to Metering, Mathematics for Metering Personnel, Demand Metering, Basic Electrical Circuits, Basic Electrical Theory, Self-Contained versus Transformer Rated Meters, and an Intro to Solid State Meters.

 

Students will learn:

  • To become aware of the hazards both physical and electrical of the electric metering industry
  • The basic concepts of how to meter electric energy
  • To utilize mathematics to solve various problems and to calculate various electrical quantities
  • To explain what “demand” is and how it is metered and why
  • To recognize when to use a self-contained meter and when to use a transformer rated meter and to apply the appropriate multiplier
  • To understand basic checks and tests that need to be performed in a substation
  • To understand the role and safe operation of circuit reclosers, circuit breakers, and voltage regulators
  • To conduct thorough inspections of substations

Format:
Lecture followed by student practice. Typically one day each week for four weeks; six hours per day

 

Course materials and prerequisites:
No prerequisite required, but a basic knowledge of mathematics is beneficial.

 

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Metering II

Program consists of Polyphase Systems, Instrument Transformers, Power Factor, Reactive Metering, Meter Programming, AMR/AMI, Advanced AC Power Systems, Trouble Shooting Meter Installations, Meter Wiring Diagrams, and Hands-on Three-Phase Transformer Rated Meter Installations.

 

Students will learn:

  • To become more proficient in applying meters
  • To understand power factor and how it is used in metering
  • What a good foundation is and how to troubleshoot existing meter installations for errors
  • To interpret meter wiring diagrams and use them to make accurate meter installations
  • Programming for electronic meters
  • To understand polyphase systems and to apply the proper meter for a specific application

Format:
Lecture followed by student practice. Typically one day each week for eight weeks; six hours per day

 

Course prerequisites:
No prerequisite required, but a basic knowledge of mathematics is beneficial. Completion of Metering I is strongly recommended, but not absolutely necessary.

 

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Advanced Lineworker

Program consists of Safety – Priority or Conviction, AC Power Systems – Induction and Capacitance, Mathematics for Lineworkers, Advanced Transformers, Capacitors and Capacitor Banks, Advanced Rigging, Voltage Regulators and Tap Changers, Trouble Investigation and Service Restoration, Switching and Tagging Procedures, NESC Review – Clearances, Ferroresonance, Fault Current, System Power Flow, Overhead and Underground Conductors, System Automation, Power Quality, Streetlights, and Grounding Electrical Systems.

 

Students will learn:
To make safety a conviction
To understand inductance and capacitance and the inter-relationship
How a pole mount transformer works, the polarity, and the various connections that can be applied, as well as how to troubleshoot them
To understand how to safely handle, test, fuse, and maintain capacitors
To calculate the various tensions found in common rigging operations
To safely clear lines for maintenance
To troubleshoot voltage regulators
To navigate through the NESC to find vital information
To properly sag tension overhead conductors and pull underground conductors
To safely and effectively apply grounds to de-engergized lines
To troubleshoot problem streetlights

 

Format:
Lecture followed by hands on practice

 

Course materials and prerequisites:
No prerequisite required, but a basic knowledge of mathematics is beneficial. Completion of the Substation I program is strongly recommended.

 

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Hoisting License Classes for MA

NEPPA offers hoisting license Cont. Ed and Test Prep classes for:

 

  • Class 1 (1B-1C) hoisting machines, i.e. cranes and bucket trucks.
  • Class 2 (2A-2C) digging machines, i.e. excavators and backhoes.

 

All classes are scheduled for 4 hours. ONLY Test Prep attendees don't need to stay for the full 4 hours. These classes are for both, the continuing education to renew the license and the test prep to take the test to receive a brand new license. Those who will be attending the classes for continuing education will need to bring their hoisting license for verification and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each class. If the hoisting license is not brought to class for verification or if the license has been expired for more than a year, the certificate will not be issued. Those who will be attending the classes for the test prep will receive information to study for the test.

 

Hoisting License Class Costs:

 

    $50 @ NEPPA for NEPPA members

    $100 @ NEPPA for Non-NEPPA members

 

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    May 15, from 8-12: 1B – 1C Hoisting Continuing Education & Test Prep

    June 9, from 8-12: 2A – 2C Hoisting Continuing Education & Test Prep

 

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CDL Class A License Training

NEPPA offers commercial driving licenses Class A training on an as needed basis with contracted instructors. Please call to arrange.