Apprentice Lineworker Program 2018

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NEPPA has adopted the four-year curriculum of the Northwest Lineman College’s Lineworker Certification Program and combines hands-on and formal classroom training. Students attend class four times a year for four days each and participate in an additional two-day Skills Assessment Rodeo each year.

 

The Apprentice Rodeo is designed to showcase the apprentices’ developing technical and climbing skills, and to reinforce the program’s focus on professionalism, safety, and proper technique.

 

All classes are held at the NEPPA Training Center in Littleton, MA.

 

2018 Program Schedule

 

Year 1

Session #1: Tue. – Fri., Feb. 13 - 16, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #2: Tue. – Fri., Mar. 20 - 23, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Apprentice Lineworkers Rodeo: Wed. – Thu., Jun. 6 – 7, 2018 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #3: Tue. – Fri., Aug. 28- 31, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #4: Tue. – Fri., Oct. 23 - 26, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Year 2

Session #1: Tue. – Fri., Jan. 30 – Feb. 2, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #2: Tue. – Fri., Mar. 27 - 30, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Apprentice Lineworkers Rodeo: Wed. – Thu., Jun. 6 – 7, 2018 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #3: Tue. – Fri., Sep. 11 - 14, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #4: Tue. – Fri., Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Year 3

Session #1: Tue. – Fri., Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #2: Tue. – Fri., Apr. 24 - 27, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Apprentice Lineworkers Rodeo: Wed. – Thu., Jun. 6 – 7, 2018 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #3: Tue. – Fri., Sep. 25 - 28, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #4: Tue. – Fri., Nov. 6 - 9, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Year 4

Session #1: Tue. – Fri., Mar. 6 - 9, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #2: Tue. – Fri., May 22 - 25, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Apprentice Lineworkers Rodeo: Wed. – Thu., Jun. 6 – 7, 2018 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #3: Tue. – Fri., Oct. 2 - 5, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session #4: Tue. – Fri., Dec. 4 - 7, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm 

 

Please note the dates are subject to change.

 

Location

 

NEPPA Training Center

200 New Estate Road

Littleton, MA 01460

 

What students will learn

 

Year 1: 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 here for required enrollment for year 1 only – to process program material.

 

Year 2: Underground/overhead conductors; AC fundamentals; personal protective grounding/jumpers; rigging; substations; additional safety and OSHA instruction.

 

Year 3: Introduction to the National Electric Safety Code, system power flow and transformers; metering; maps and standards; continuing training on safety and OSHA requirements.

 

Year 4: Overhead/underground line design, system operation and automation; trouble investigation, vegetation management and crew leadership; continued safety training.

 

Course Prerequisites

 

Year 2: Year 1 program attendance. Equivalent experience may be accepted if a prequalification test is passed and is accepted by NEPPA’s training director.

 

Year 3: Year 2 program attendance. Equivalent experience may be accepted if a prequalification test is passed and is accepted by NEPPA’s training director.

 

Year 4: Year 3 program attendance. Equivalent experience will NOT be accepted, as attendance is required for at least 2 out of the 4 years of the program.

 

Registration

 

Members: $3,200
Non-Members: $4,800

 

Registration fee includes coffee and lunch.

 

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Attention new students: Click here to download the required enrollment form!

 

 

Please see the information below regarding instructors and lodging.

 

If you have any questions please contact the training & education coordinator, Colleen Del Signore, at either cdelsignore@neppa.org or 978-540-2209.

 


Instructors

 

Steve Socoby, Director of Training & Education

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Steve has 36 years of hands on experience in all facets of operations, of public power utilities including: Line Superintendent; supervision of crews, maintenance, new construction, reliability and associated plant & sub-station responsibilities. He is a recognized expert in safety and OSHA compliance.

 

In his role of Director of Training, he is responsible for development and quality of safety & technical programs. He also oversees the line-workers’ school and teaches utility management and supervision, electronic controls and power-line operation programs.

 

Recognized as an industry leader and expert Steve has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Northeast Public Power Association and been recognized by the Maine State Legislature for his previous 30 Years of Distinguished Service. Steve attended the University of Maine at Orono.

 

Ken Evans, Instructor

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During his career, Ken worked as a power engineer for over 27 years, for the Reading Municipal Light Department and Concord Municipal Light Plant.  Ken’s other experience includes, but is not limited to, 5 years as a self-employed electrical contractor, 4 years as a power engineer for Computervision Corporation and 6 months as an apprentice lineman.  He holds the following degrees and licenses: BS in Electrical Engineering, Master Electrician (MA), 1B & 2A Hoisting Engineer (MA) and a Class B CDL (MA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Crowley, Instructor

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Pete has been an instructor for the Northeast Public Power Association since April of 2015 and travels all throughout New England.

 

Before joining NEPPA, Pete started as a lineman in May of 1984 with Green Mountain Power. Then he moved over to Burlington Electric in 2002 where he was working as a line foreman.

 

Pete has an Associate’s degree of applied science in Power Technology and has his Mass. 1B/2A Hoisting License.

 

Pete currently lives in Winooski, VT and has been married to his wife, Mary Ann, for the past 30 years. They have two children together, Nathan and Natalie. His hobbies are woodworking, beekeeper and rabbit hunting with his beagles.

 

Pete goes on to say, “teaching has been a big part of my career and NEPPA gives me a chance to continue teaching, which I love to do!”

 


Lodging

 

Lodging is not included in your registration fees and must be arranged directly with the hotel.  Please contact any of the following hotels directly and be sure to mention you’re with NEPPA (or the appropriate code/account number) to receive the negotiated rate:

 

 

Courtyard by Marriott, Boston – Littleton -  $169/night + tax

102 Constitution Avenue

Littleton, MA 01460

(978) 440-5040

Click here to make your reservation online using the Group Code: BZL

 

 

The Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center - $111/night + tax

219 Littleton Road

Westford, MA 01886

(978) 692-8200

Click here to make your reservation online using the Group Code: NEPPA.

 

 

Hilton Garden Inn Devens Common (Corporate Account# 3003696) - $139/night + tax

59 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-0600

Click here to make your reservation online using Corporate Account # 3003696

 

 

SpringHill Suites Devens Common Center (Corporate Code: BZL) - $129/night + tax

27 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-3030

Click here to make your reservation using the Corporate Code: BZL.