Lightning Protection Technician

Hybrid Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
United Lightning Protection Association
Industries
O*Net Code
47-2111.00
Rapids Code
2096HY
Req. Hours
36100
State
DC
Created
Apr 04, 2021
Updated
Apr 04, 2021

Time-Based Skills

7 skill sets | 39 total skills | 36100 total hours
Preliminary Work - 500 req. hrs
Understanding and utilizing the equipment used in lightning protection system installation per the NFPA780, LPI 175 and UL96a standards for the installation of lightning protection systems, such as air terminals, air terminal bases, fasteners, adhesives, conductor clamps, equipotential bonding clamps and lightning protection grounding equipment, etc.
100 hrs
Understanding names and uses of the various tools used in the installation of lightning protection systems. Includes utilizing proper care and maintenance of all tools, and what each tool is used for. Tools included will range from hand tools – wrenches, tape measures, screwdrivers, pliers, utility knives, socket wrenches, levels, hammers, etc. to battery powered and corded tools – demolition hammers, hammer drills, reciprocating saws, exothermic welding equipment, corded and cordless drills, etc.
100 hrs
Implementing the basic lightning protection system installation methods at a commercial and residential job site safely. Including a minimum of OSHA safety training and safety training for all tools and materials.
100 hrs
Selecting proper materials and how to properly load into work vehicles and what the procedures are for restocking of materials.
100 hrs
Applying procedures for documenting work hours and all administrative tasks that apply.
100 hrs
Residential New Construction Lightning Protection System Installation - 4000 req. hrs
Assisting in gathering materials from stock room.
500 hrs
Loading and unloading materials and tools at the job site.
500 hrs
Air terminal installation for concealed and exposed systems in compliance with LPI 175, NFPA 780, and UL96a standards for lightning protection system installation.
500 hrs
Installation of lightning protection conductors and in compliance with fastening requirements and conductor routing rules set forth in LPI, UL, and NFPA standards.
500 hrs
Installation of grounding equipment, ground rods, plates, and radials using equipment rated for lightning protection systems and direct burial.
500 hrs
Installation of equipotential utility bonds and equipotential secondary bonds. Equipotential secondary bonding at the roof level includes bonding to plumbing vents, drains, metal chimneys, vents, roof top units, antennas and any other grounded metal object located within the required bonding distance to the lightning protection system. This bonding is installed to avoid the potential for flashover in the event of a lightning strike. This bonding is required per NFPA 780 4.15 and is not a part of the electrical system.
500 hrs
Working with power tools, hand tools, and ladders. Utilizing proper and safe use of all types of ladders and lifts.
500 hrs
Commercial New Construction Lightning Protection System Installation - 26000 req. hrs
Assisting in gathering materials from stock room.
2000 hrs
Loading and unloading materials and tools at the job site.
2000 hrs
Selecting and using the rules of air terminal installation for commercial applications in compliance with LPI 175, NFPA 780 and UL96a standards for lightning protection system installation.
2000 hrs
Installation of lightning protection conductors and in compliance with fastening requirements and conductor routing rules set forth in LPI, UL, and NFPA standards.
2000 hrs
Installation of lightning protection grounding equipment, ground rods, plates, and radials using equipment rated for lightning protection systems and direct burial.
2000 hrs
Installation of equipotential utility bonds and equipotential secondary bonds. Equipotential secondary bonding at the roof level includes bonding to plumbing vents, drains, metal chimneys, vents, roof top units, antennas and any other grounded metal object located within the required bonding distance to the lightning protection system. This bonding is installed to avoid the potential for flashover in the event of a lightning strike. This bonding is required per NFPA 780 4.15 and is not a part of the electrical system.
2000 hrs
Installation of roof and wall penetrations and bonding to structural steel. Working with roofing contractors and with lightning protection rated roof penetration hardware and components.
2000 hrs
Exothermic welding from conductor to steel, from conductor to conductor, and from conductor to ground rods.
2000 hrs
Exothermic welding from conductor to steel, from conductor to conductor, and from conductor to ground rods.
2000 hrs
Bonding to rebar where required with masonry construction per NFPA780 4.18.3 and 4.16.1.2. This bonding is required for intermediate level interconnection of lightning protection system components.
2000 hrs
Working with power tools, hand tools, and ladders.
2000 hrs
Residential Existing Construction Lightning Protection System Installation - 27500 req. hrs
Installation with safe access to pitched roofs. Use of fall protection and ladders.
500 hrs
Fastening conductors in compliance with LPI, NFPA, and UL standards on building exterior.
500 hrs
Installation of equipotential utility bonds and equipotential secondary bonds. Equipotential secondary bonding at the roof level includes bonding to plumbing vents, drains, metal chimneys, vents, roof top units, antennas and any other grounded metal object located within the required bonding distance to the lightning protection system. This bonding is installed to avoid the potential for flashover in the event of a lightning strike. This bonding is required per NFPA 780 4.15 and is not a part of the electrical system.
500 hrs
Commercial Existing Construction Lightning Protection System Installation - 33500 req. hrs
Conduit installation meeting bonding, fastening, and material compatibility requirements in LPI, NFPA, and UL standards.
1000 hrs
Fastening conductors in compliance with LPI, NFPA, and UL standards on building exterior.
1000 hrs
Installation of equipotential secondary bonds. Equipotential secondary bonding at the roof level includes bonding to plumbing vents, drains, metal chimneys, vents, roof top units, antennas and any other grounded metal object located within the required bonding distance to the lightning protection system. This bonding is installed to avoid the potential for flashover in the event of a lightning strike. This bonding is required per NFPA 780 4.15 and is not a part of the electrical system.
1000 hrs
Primary bonding to commercial utilities per standards.
1000 hrs
Excavation and backfill to original conditions.
1000 hrs
Wall and roof penetrations as required for bonding.
1000 hrs
Lightning Protection System Maintenance and Repairs - 35500 req. hrs
System evaluation for compliance with LPI, NFPA, and UL standards.
500 hrs
Conductor splicing, sectional repairs, and replacement as needed. Understanding of allowable lightning protection conductor sizes per NFPA, LPI, and UL.
500 hrs
Air terminal repair, extensions, or replacement.
500 hrs
Repairs to secondary and utility bonds.
500 hrs
Lightning Protection System Evaluation and Testing - 36100 req. hrs
Continuity testing of air terminals and grounding system to verify proper installation and system continuity on new and existing lightning protection systems.
200 hrs
Ground Resistance Testing. Testing of newly installed grounding, ground grids, and existing grounding to verify proper functioning of a lightning protection system or measuring resistance for compliance with project specifications.
200 hrs
Visual inspection of all components of a lightning protection system; air terminals, conductors, grounding, bonding, and surge protection.
200 hrs

Technical Instruction

Safety: Year One
Company Safety Training/Testing (Toolbox Topics, etc.)
# | 78 hrs
Introduction to Safety & PPE
# | 78 hrs
GHS/SDS
# | 78 hrs
Review OSHA JJ Keller Book (optional)
# | 78 hrs
Weather Safety
# | 78 hrs
Exothermic Welding Certification
# | 78 hrs
Basic Fall Protection Certification
# | 78 hrs
Basic Ladder Safety Certification
# | 78 hrs
Safe Digging/811
# | 78 hrs
Horizontal lifeline
# | 78 hrs
Fall Rescue
# | 78 hrs
Aerial Lift Certification
# | 78 hrs
First Aid/CPR Certification
# | 78 hrs
Job Site Analysis Forms
# | 78 hrs
Onsite Safety Meetings
# | 78 hrs
Use of PPE
# | 78 hrs
Use of ladders/tie off
# | 78 hrs
Use of fall protection (harness/lanyard/ropes/lifelines, etc.)
# | 78 hrs
Installation Performance Based Training: Year One
Installation of roof circuit (all types of structures/roofs)
# | 40 hrs
Pitched roofs
# | 40 hrs
Flat roofs/Multi-level roofs
# | 40 hrs
Irregular roofs/Domed roofs
# | 40 hrs
Safety: Year Two
Company Safety Training/Testing (Toolbox Topics, etc.)
# | 70 hrs
Basic Forklift Certification
# | 70 hrs
OSHA 10 Card
# | 70 hrs
Job Site Analysis Forms
# | 70 hrs
Horizontal Lifeline
# | 70 hrs
Fall Rescue
# | 70 hrs
Use of PPE
# | 70 hrs
Safe use of hand tools
# | 70 hrs
Safe use of power tools
# | 70 hrs
Onsite Safety Meetings
# | 70 hrs
Use of ladders/tie off
# | 70 hrs
Use of fall protection (harness/lanyard/ropes/lifelines, etc.)
# | 70 hrs
Installation Performance Based Training: Year Two
Installation of roof circuit (all types of structures/roofs)
# | 92 hrs
Installation of ground rods/plate/radials
# | 92 hrs
Exothermic Welding
# | 92 hrs
Installation of concealed downleads
# | 92 hrs
Installation of exposed downleads
# | 92 hrs
Installation of common bonding (gas/water/electric/etc.)
# | 92 hrs
Installation of concealed roof circuit rough in
# | 92 hrs
Installation of concealed air terminal
# | 92 hrs
Installation of secondary bonding
# | 92 hrs
Safety: Year Three
Company Safety Training/Testing (Toolbox Topics, etc.)
# | 64 hrs
Repelling/Bosun Chair Certification
# | 64 hrs
First Aid / CPR Certification
# | 64 hrs
Use of PPE
# | 64 hrs
Use of ladders / tie off
# | 64 hrs
Use of fall protection (harness/lanyard/ropes/lifelines, etc.)
# | 64 hrs
Onsite Safety Meetings
# | 64 hrs
Excavation Training & Certification
# | 64 hrs
Installation Performance Based Training: Year Three
Perform continuity testing for bonding
# | 64 hrs
Marking roof for roof pads/pavers/strips/etc.
# | 64 hrs
Installation of rebar bonding
# | 64 hrs
Installation of ground rods/plate/radials
# | 64 hrs
Exothermic Welding
# | 64 hrs
Installation of ground wells
# | 64 hrs
Installation of ground counterpoise
# | 64 hrs
Installation of concealed downleads
# | 64 hrs
Installation of exposed downleads
# | 64 hrs
Installation of through-roof/wall connections (all types of structures)
# | 64 hrs
Installation of common bonding (gas/water/electric/etc.)
# | 64 hrs
Installation of roof circuit (all types of structures/roofs)
# | 64 hrs
Installation of secondary bonding (all types of structures)
# | 64 hrs
Remove exposed lightning protection (reroof scope of work)
# | 64 hrs
Reinstall exposed lightning protection (reroof scope of work)
# | 64 hrs
Excavation for ground counterpoise
# | 64 hrs
Installation Performance Based Training: Year Four
Installation of ground rods/plate/radials
# | 119 hrs
Installation of concealed downleads
# | 119 hrs
Installation of exposed downleads
# | 119 hrs
Installation of common bonding (gas/water/electric/etc.)
# | 119 hrs
Installation of concealed roof circuit rough in
# | 119 hrs
Installation of concealed air terminals
# | 119 hrs
Installation on chimneys
# | 119 hrs
Marking roof for roof pads/pavers/strips/etc.
# | 119 hrs
Installation of rebar bonding
# | 119 hrs
Installation of ground wells
# | 119 hrs
Exothermic Welding
# | 119 hrs
Installation of ground counterpoise
# | 119 hrs
Installation of through-roof/wall connections (all types of structures)
# | 119 hrs
Installation of common bonding (gas/water/electric/etc.)
# | 119 hrs
Installation of roof circuit (all types of structures/roofs)
# | 119 hrs
Installation of secondary bonding (all types of structures)
# | 119 hrs
Remove exposed lightning protection (reroof scope of work)
# | 119 hrs
Reinstall exposed lightning protection (reroof scope of work)
# | 119 hrs
Excavation for ground counterpoise
# | 119 hrs
Perform Ground Testing
# | 119 hrs
Grounding – (Counterpoise Tails, Bus Bars, Riser, Raised Floor, etc.)
# | 119 hrs