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Line Mechanic

Published
Time-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
MidAmerican Energy Company
Industries
O*Net Code
49-9051.00
Rapids Code
0283
Req. Hours
4000
State
DC
Created
Aug 30, 2021
Updated
Aug 30, 2021

Time-Based Skills

3 skill sets | 84 total skills
Pre-Apprenticeship Phase - 2000 req. hrs
Demonstrates ability to measure and adjust climbing equipment to ensure proper fit.
Demonstrates ability to inspect, put on, and adjust climbing equipment.
Demonstrates approved procedures for sharpening, testing, and gauging gaffs.
Demonstrates approved procedures and safe work practices for ascending and descending a pole using approved climbing and fall restraint equipment.
Demonstrates approved procedures for safe tying – on and off of a pole.
Demonstrates approved procedures for adjusting the length of a safety strap while in position on a pole.
Demonstrates ability to maneuver around a pole.
Demonstrates safe procedures for planning a climbing job.
Demonstrates approved procedures for installing a cross arm.
Demonstrates the skills and techniques necessary to distinguish exposed live parts and circuits form other parts of electric equipment.
Demonstrates the skills and techniques necessary to determine the nominal voltage of exposed live parts and circuits.
Demonstrates the skills and techniques necessary to determine the minimum approach distances corresponding to the voltages to which the apprentice will be exposed.
Demonstrates the ability to determine and select the proper special precautionary techniques when working around exposed energized live parts or circuits. (i.e., PPE, insulating or shielding materials, and insulating tools).
Demonstrates ability to measure and adjust climbing equipment to ensure proper fit.
Assists crews or qualified people to set or remove poles.
Assists in installing transformers on poles, platforms and pad. Load and unloads all forms or electric transmission and distribution materials and assists in installation.
Keeps stock of construction materials in truck or on job as instructed.
Will demonstrate ability to drive company truck to and from job sites.
Cleans and maintains truck, mechanized equipment, regulator stations, town border stations, pole yards, substation yards, and construction sites.
Aids and assists in patrolling overhead and underground circuits on foot, by air, or as otherwise directed to inspect as routine patrol or for damage due to storm, electrical failure, and sabotage.
Operates winch line and boom and any other mechanical driven equipment to perform any operation for which equipment is suited. Operates power-driven crane, digger, trencher, plow, backhoe, or any piece of power-driven equipment to which the apprentice is assigned.
Performs restoration and clean-up.
Phase I - 1000 req. hrs
Using proper tools, safety equipment, and procedures, demonstrates complete pole top rescue, from pole to ground, including Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Demonstrate ability to locate, identify inspect and operate safety features and override devices found on various types of bucket trucks and perform bucket rescue.
Demonstrate ability to make-up a set of blocks and a hand-line for truck storage.
Demonstrate ability to make an eye splice and back splice in a rope.
Demonstrate ability to tie the following knots, bowline, bowline on a bight, square knot, timber hitch, half hitch and clove hitch.
Identifies various underground materials and uses, splice body, elbow, pothead, elbow arrestor, fault indicators etc.
Identifies various overhead materials and uses, cut-out, arrestor, pin and bell insulator, etc.
Identifies insulinks and crimpits and what size wire each connects.
Demonstrates safe procedures for climbing a pole, climb above a cross arm and descend the opposite side of the pole.
Identifies a lineman’s hand tools and uses, voltage test equipment, rope blocks, chain jacks, hot hoist, presses and miscellaneous equipment.
Identifies overhead and underground conductors, neutrals, grounds, guys and miscellaneous equipment.
Demonstrates ability to build a guy wire and install on a pole using preform make-ups.
Demonstrates ability to install a #6 ground wire on a pole.
Demonstrates safe procedure to climb.
Demonstrates safe work procedures for operating a chain saw.
Demonstrates inspection and safe operation of a Backhoe.
Demonstrates inspection and safe operation of a trencher.
Identifies proper P.P.E for chosen tasks.
Demonstrates ability to trace out a circuit in a switch book, identify components.
Demonstrates how to test a manhole and perform manhole rescue.
Demonstrates ability to install shoring and explain soil types.
Demonstrates ability to look up selected construction in the Standards Book.
Identifies hazards associated with components of an underground and overhead transformer.
Demonstrates ability to build a block & tackle and a 1/2'” hand-line.
Identifies transformers using name plates.
Identifies major working parts of a digger derrick; locates and utilizes a lift capacity chart for a digger derrick. Demonstrates safe operation of a digger derrick controls, manual or remote.
Demonstrates how to set up and safe operation of a Duct Dog.
Demonstrates how to set-up and safe operation of a rear lot line machine.
Explains the components and trace through an underground loop.
Identifies and explain the usage of selected rigging components (slings, sheaves, pulleys, etc.)
Demonstrates the P.P.E for secondary work and show how to inspect and test class II gloves.
Demonstrates the ability to hang an overhead service wire on a house knob from a ladder and sag service wire on a pole; connect service.
Demonstrates the checks that must be done before a 120/240 meter can be set on a residential service. Selects the correct electric meter and completes the service order.
Demonstrates the ability to connect a residential 120/240 underground service at the meter base and in a pad-mounted transformer or secondary pedestal.
Demonstrates how to identify the neutral at the weather-head if it is unmarked.
Explains the color markings as they relate to voltage on 3 phase services.
Phase II - 1000 req. hrs
Using proper tools, safety equipment, and procedures, demonstrates complete pole top rescue, from pole to ground, including CPR.
Demonstrates ability to locate, identify inspect and operate safety features and override devices found on various types of bucket trucks and perform bucket rescue.
Demonstrates safe work practices for installing a set of 8’ double cross arms.
Demonstrates safe procedures for taking voltage reading, current readings and 3 phase rotation.
Identifies underground and overhead conductor sizes.
Demonstrates ability to terminate a piece of underground cable with a primary elbow.
Demonstrates ability to construct and install a 100 watt street light on a mast arm using a bucket truck.
Identifies, inspects, sets up, and safely operates a pole jack.
Identifies delta and/or wye primary systems.
Demonstrates approved procedures and safe work practices for installing a single-phase transformer using a boom truck.
Identifies equipment used and explain how to do rigging for stringing in a 3 phase primary line.
Demonstrates how to use company computerized Field View or like mapping.
Demonstrates how to use company Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs).
Demonstrates how to use secondary fault locating equipment to locate a bad secondary wire.
Explains the use of an autotransformer and show how to properly install autotransformer.
Explains why we parallel secondary wires and show safe procedures to connect up.
Demonstrates how to parallel the secondary coils of a transformer with a secondary voltage rating 120/240 so the transformer may be used in a 120/208 3 phase bank.
Demonstrates approved procedures and safe climbing practices for removing a single phase transformer on a de-energized, grounded, rear lot primary line.
Demonstrates top tie and side tie for aluminum conductor and copper conductor.
Demonstrates the use of the Hastings transformer tester.
Explains the use of shoring and benching an excavation.
Demonstrates how to troubleshoot a part power call.
Identifies the different colored seals used by MidAmerican Energy Company (MEC) and what they mean.
Demonstrates how to troubleshoot a 3 phase meter for voltage and full power on all legs of service using present MEC meters.
Demonstrates ability to frame and set a pole to MEC construction standards.
Demonstrates ability to trouble-shoot a street light.

Technical Instruction

Pre-Apprenticeship Instruction: Module 1 - 144 req. hrs
NJATC Pre-work
Building a Foundation in Mathematics
DC Theory
Lineman and Cableman Guidebook
Lineworker Rigging Practices
Underground Distribution
NJATC Safety Handbook
Phase 1: Modules 2-10 - 160 req. hrs
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
NJATC Safety Handbook
Bucket rescue
Pole top rescue pre-work
Pole top rescue
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Manufacturers Operating Manual
National Joint Apprenticeship Committee (NJATC) Safety Handbook
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Equipment operation
Digger truck
Bucket truck
Trencher
Skid loader
Forklift
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Overhead Electric Distribution Construction Standard
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
NJATC Safety Handbook
Hauling poles
Aligning poles
Inspecting poles
Installing and removing anchors
Setting and removing poles
Unloading poles
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Lineworker Rigging Practices
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Terminations and Splices Theory
NJATC Safety Handbook
Live-Line Work Practices Textbook
Hot Sticks Textbook
Check rotation
Knots, ropes and slings
Test equipment
Tools of trade and application
Use of blocks and slings
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Underground Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Construction Standards
Terminations and Splices Theory
NJATC Safety Handbook
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Underground Distribution Textbook
Introduction to underground power cables
Underground cable safety
Materials and tools
Underground installation
Cable preparation
Elbows
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Underground Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Terminations and Splices Theory
Underground Distribution Textbook
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Cable terminations
Cable splicing
Grounding cables
Pulling cables
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
OSHA 10 Training
Required compliance training
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Overhead Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Electric Service Manual
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Installing secondary and services
Single phase metering including class 320
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Secondary work
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Secondary gloving
Secondary gloving (hot)
T & D Videos – Secondary Work
Phase 2: Modules 11-16 - 160 req. hrs
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Overhead Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Underground Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Distribution Construction Standard
General Switching Procedures
System Switching
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
AC Theory
Distribution Volume I Textbook
NJATC Safety Handbook
Underground Distribution Textbook
Personal Protective Grounding for Worker Safety
General Line Maintenance
Switching-All-Grounding
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Overhead Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Electric Service Manual
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Install and remove primary and secondary framing
Phasing and installation of line jumpers
Stringing, splicing, sagging, dead-ending
Transfer conductors, primary and secondary
Tying in new lines, low and high voltage
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Overhead Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Transformation for Lineworkers
AC Theory
Distribution Volume I Textbook
Install and remove multi-phase transformers and all associated equipment
Install and remove single phase transformers and all associated equipment
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Overhead Electric Distribution Construction Standard
AC Theory Textbook
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Transformation for Lineworkers
Install and remove regulators, reclosers, capacitors and all associated equipment
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Overhead Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Construction Standards
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Rubber gloves and sleeves – single phase
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Overhead Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Construction Standards
Hot Sticks Textbook
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Introduction to hot sticking
Phase 3: Modules 17-19 - 160 req. hrs
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Electric Service Manual
Live-Line Work Practices
Hot Sticks Textbook
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Transformation for Lineworkers
Three Phase Services
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
Overhead Electric Distribution Construction Standard
Electric Service Manual
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Three Phase Metering
PT & CT Metering
Self-Contained Metering
Consolidated Safety Rulebook
Standard Operating Procedures
The Guidebook for Lineman and Cableman
Hot Sticks Textbook
Live-Line Work Practices Textbook
Rubber Gloving Three Phase
Three Phase Hot Sticking

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