New Lineworker Training Unit Creates Realistic Experience
NC co-ops are industry leaders in using the technology
A new addition to the lineworker training field at Nash Community College incorporates a more realistic element to overhead line work training: high voltage.
Installed earlier this year, the new Timpson training unit allows lineworkers to train using real-world voltage while keeping the current to a safe, non-lethal level.
“It has always been a challenge to provide advanced training to linemen beyond simulation — there is a quick learning curve transitioning from de-energized work to energized work,” said Farris Leonard, director of Job Training & Safety Field Services (JT&S) for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “This allows lineworkers to train on a live line in a safe way.”
Three classes will utilize energized training this year. Students of JT&S sessions who trained with the unit report that working on a live line increased focus.
“Working the lines hot really made us all think twice and move once,” said Ethan Hurley, apprentice lineman IV with Randolph EMC. “I think it’s really big step forward.”
Although some investor-owned utilities, including Duke Energy, train on Timpson units, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are the first cooperative utilities in the country to utilize the technology. Leonard hopes the technology will be adopted by electric co-ops in other states now that it’s been proven in North Carolina.
“We see training as an investment in people,” Leonard said. “This unit is a further investment in safety that will sharpen skills and provide real-time feedback during training.”
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