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Schools and Conferences

The following Safety and Loss Control classes, workshops, schools and conferences are provided by OAEC.

Training Schools

Engineer's Staking I
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Mar 20 - 23, 2018
Pre- requisite: None CEUs: 2.1 (PDHs: 21) In Level 1 Power Line Design and Staking, students will gain a strong foundation necessary to help them advance in the field of line design and staking. This class will include the basic engineering of overhead single-phase lines typically expected of beginning line design personnel. After completion of this course, participants will be able to complete overhead transformer and service conductor sizing, calculate accurate guy leads for both angle and dead end situations, interpret and implement sag charts in clearance design, and will thoroughly evaluate the NESC. Course manual provided. NOTE: Students need to bring a copy of the current NESC to class (not included in course materials).

Transformer School
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Apr 17 - 19, 2018
This school is designed to cover most all transformer banks used in distribution systems. Instructors set up workstations where students can build and trouble-shoot various banks.

Climbing School I
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Apr 24 - 26, 2018
This school is designed to assist the cooperative in certifying their employees in climbing wooden poles. Students start out the week with the basics and end the week performing pole top rescue. NOTE: Students need to bring Rain Gear, Hard Hat, Suitable Boots for Climbing, Safety Glasses + Clear Glasses for Night Class, Long Sleeve Shirts, Work Gloves, Rubber Gloves, Hand line (1/2 inch minimum), Hammer, Screwdriver (plain), Kliens/Pliers, 2 Adjustable Wrenches, Wooden Folding Ruler, and a Positive Attitude.

Engineers Staking II
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Jun 12 - 15, 2018
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Power Line Design & Staking, Level I CEUs 2.1 (PDHs: 21) In Level 2 of the Power Line Design and Staking series, students will build on the foundation created in the prerequisite course, Level 1. This class places emphasis on joint use remedy and make ready, as well as underground design. After completion of Level 2, participants will be able to complete the layout and design of most overhead and underground projects, understand and utilize NESC and sag chart criteria, evaluate and design make ready/remedy for joint use facilities, calculate the mechanical loading effects of line design, understand conductor blowout and design for/around grain bins. Course manual provided. NOTE: Students need to bring a copy of the current NESC and “kit” items provided in Level I to class (not included in course materials).

Engineers Staking III
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Jul 17 - 20, 2018
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Power Line Design & Staking, Levels 1 and 2 CEUs 2.1(PDHs: 21)

In Level 3 Power Design and Staking, students will build on the foundation created in the prerequisite courses, Level 1 and 2. Attention is given to understanding how to apply the theories of line design to solve special problems. After completion of this course, participants will be able to understand the physical loads on the Distribution system and the associated hardware, read DOT projects, class poles, design for special guying situations, calculate sag and create a stringing chart, estimate sag on uneven terrain, and will be able to design for crossing under transmission lines.

Underground School
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Jul 24 - 26, 2018
This school is designed to expose the students to various tasks needed in underground distribution such as terminating, splicing and installation of elbows. Grounding for employee safety is also covered. One half day of lecture followed by two days of hands on work stations is the school format.

Metering School
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Aug 21 - 23, 2018
This school is for linemen and meter men alike. All aspects of metering are covered both primary and secondary. Trouble-shooting is also covered. Hands on workstations allow students to simulate field conditions.

Hot Line School
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Sep 11 - 13, 2018
This school is designed to simulate field conditions doing rubber gloving from basket trucks. Work stations are set up on a mock power line with students doing actual truck work as they rotate through the various work stations.

OSHA 10-Hour Course - Session I
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Oct 02 - 03, 2018
The workshop will meet 1 requirement for RESAP Supervisor program.

Engineers Staking IV
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Oct 30 - Nov 02, 2018
In Level IV of the Power Line Design and Staking series, students will be taken beyond the basics of power line design and staking and will focus on reliability and efficiency. They will discuss the aging power infrastructure and system reliability. Students will look at mechanical loading for multi-circuits, will learn about commercial load sizing and will be guided through the process of calculating loads on manufactured products. Students will review NESC and will learn when and how to apply Rule 250 C and D. Classroom discussion will include a brief look at how local requirements and/or RUS standards and bulletins incorporate (and compare to) NESC rules. They will spend time learning about system protection and balance, including proper protective equipment selection and placement. Students will also discuss storm preparation (hardening of the system) and recovery (getting the system back operational).


Lead Lineman Conference
Mar 07 - 09, 2018
This conference is designed for the employees who are “next in line” for a foreman’s job or for those employees who are charged with a foreman’s job when the foreman is out. The topics presented are normally a mirror of the same topics presented at the Foreman’s Conference the month before. This conference is also a great networking opportunity for the attendees as there are lead linemen there from other cooperatives from across the state.

Safety and Loss Control Assoc. Annual Conference
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May 09 - 11, 2018
The Safety & Loss Control Association annual conference is an opportunity for all cooperative safety coordinators to come together to share information and discuss issues that affect our industry. The group also discusses any new or proposed regulations that may be in the making. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for networking with others who face similar issues and challenges in keeping up with regulations, trends and safety related issues.

Superintendent/Engineer/AMI Association Conference
Oct 17 - 19, 2018
The annual Superintendent’s, Engineer’s and AMI conference is a chance for each group to come together to network and discuss various topics. The three groups meet separately and have speakers who address topics such as, new technology, new regulations and standards as well as best practices. There is also a product show that both groups participate in with many vendors from software to bucket trucks.


Safety and Loss Control

Kenny Guffey
Director of Loss Control & Cooperative Services
Traci Boyd
Loss Control Assistant