2020 Apprentice Lineworker Program

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 NEPPA Training Center    |    Littleton, MA

 

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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 to complete the four-year program.

 

Each year, students 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.

 

Course Length:

4 days/week; 4 weeks per year

 

Course Dates:

Year I:

Jan. 28 -31; Mar. 3 - 6; Sept. 22 - 25; Oct. 27 - 30, 2020

 

Year II:

Feb. 4 - 7; Mar. 17 - 20; Sept. 29 - Oct. 2; Nov. 3 - 6, 2020

 

Year III:

Feb. 11 - 14; Mar. 24 - 27; Oct. 6 - 9; Nov. 17 - 20, 2020

 

Year IV:

Feb. 25 - 28; Mar. 31 - Apr. 3; Oct. 20 - 23; Dec. 7 - 10, 2020

 

Apprentice Skills Assessment Rodeo:

June 10 - 11, 2020

 

Apprentice Lineworker Program Graduation:

Dec. 10, 2020

 

 

Location

All classes are held at the NEPPA Training Center:

NEPPA Training Center

200 New Estate Road

Littleton, MA 01460

 

Program is also offered in New York. Please contact NEPPA at (978) 540-2200 for more information.

 

Apprentice Lineworker Skills Assessment Rodeo Agenda

Day 1 – June 10, 2020

8:00 AM               Registration

8:30 AM               Opening Ceremony

                             Raise flag

                             National Anthem

                             Recognize Veterans

                             Moment of silence for those who gave all

9:00 AM               Events begin

12:00 PM             Lunch

2:00 PM               Events end for the day

 

Day 2 – June 11, 2020

8:00 AM               Events begin

12:30 PM             Lunch

1:00 PM               Awards Ceremony

2:00 PM               Rodeo closes

 

Please note the dates are subject to change.

 

 

Topics Covered & Prerequisites

 

Year One:

Introduction to power delivery; safety; working in elevated positions; knots, splices and rope; electrical systems; first aid; applied mathematics; basic electrical theory; transformer basics; and 29 CFR 1910.269 (Parts A, B, C, G, I, K, N)

Prerequisite: It is recommended that students new to the program be pre-qualified, either through their utility or through NEPPA’s Lineworker Pre-Qualification Program.

 

Year Two:

Safety; AC fundamentals; personal protective grounding; live line equipment and methods; rigging; underground conductors; overhead conductors; electrical test equipment; substations; and 29 CFR 1910.269 (Parts H, J, L, M, R)

Prerequisite: Year One

 

Year Three:

Safety; special elements; metering; system power flow; advanced transformers; maps and standards; system protection; National Electric Safety Code One and Two; and 29 CFR 1910.269 (Parts E, F, P, Q, T, U, W)

Prerequisite: Year Two

 

Year Four:

Safety; communication systems; special elements; vegetation management; system operation; system automation; overhead line design; underground line design; trouble investigation; and crew leadership.

Prerequisite: Year Three

 

 

Registration

Registration includes coffee and lunch each day.  Lodging is not included in the registraiton fee and must be arranged directly with the hotel.  See "Lodging" information below.

NEPPA Members:

$3,200 per person, per year

Non-Members:

$4,800 per person, per year

 

Pre-Qualification Program Rates:

1 – 3 Individuals:

NEPPA Members: $500

Non-Members: $750

4+ Individuals:

Contact NEPPA

 

For more information on the Pre-Qualification Program, contact NEPPA at (978) 540-2200.

 

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Attention New 1st Year Students: Click here to download the required enrollment form!

 

 

Please see the information below regarding instructors and lodging.

 

Questions? please contact the Colleen Del Signore, Education & Training Coordinator at colleend@neppa.org or call (978) 540-2209.

 


Instructors

 

Steve Socoby, CUSP, Director of Technical Training

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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.

 

 

Peter Crowley, Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor, Trainer

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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!”

 

Dennis Regele, Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor, Trainer

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Dennis has been a trainer for the Northeast Public Power Association since November 2018 and travels throughout the Northeast. 

 

Dennis has a Bachelor's of Science in Natural Science for Worcester State College, is married and has 3 sons. 

 

Prior to joining NEPPA, Dennis started his career in the utility industry in 1984 with Massachusetts Electric (now National Grid).  He worked his way up from an apprentice lineworker through crew leader and eventually as Line Supervisor and Safety Supervisor.  He then moved on to NSTAR (now Eversource) as a Field/Technical Trainer.  

 

Dennis also spent time with Asplundh Utility Line construction as a Regional Safety Supervisor/Trainer and has served as an OSHA Outreach Trainer for the past 12 years.

 

In addition to training for NEPPA, Dennis is also a part -time instructor at Quinsigamond Community College with the Energy Utility Program.

 

 

 


Lodging

 

Lodging is not included in your registration fees and must be arranged directly with the hotel. If you need overnight accommodations, 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:

  

The Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center - $120/night + tax

219 Littleton Road

Westford, MA 01886

(978) 692-8200

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

 

SpringHill Suites Devens Common Center - $129/night + tax

27 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-3030

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

 

Hilton Garden Inn Devens - $129/night + tax

59 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA 01434

(978) 772-0600

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