Apprentice Lineworker Program

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; VIRTUAL LECTURES: June 8 – 12*; Sept. 29 – Oct. 2; Nov. 3 – 6, 2020

      Year III:

Feb. 11 – 14; VIRTUAL LECTURES: June 15 – 19*; Oct. 6 – 9; Nov. 17 – 20, 2020

      Year IV:

Feb. 25 – 28; VIRTUAL LECTURES: June 22 – 26*; Oct. 20 – 23; Dec. 7 – 10, 2020

       Apprentice Skills Assessment Rodeo:

                October 21 – 22, 2020 – Cancelled

       Apprentice Lineworker Program Graduation:

                Dec. 10, 2020

* Virtual Lectures

To ensure students don’t fall behind on their bookwork, NEPPA is offering a series of 90-minute live, instructor-led Virtual Lectures to cover content affected by COVID-19 closures.  Lectures will be recorded and available to students who are unable to participate.

Virtual lectures are held from 8:00 am – 9:30 am each day.  Contact Colleen Del Signore at colleend@neppa.org to receive the meeting link(s).

 

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 – October 21, 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 – October 22, 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.

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

Cancellation Policy

All program withdrawals must be sent in writing to NEPPA or emailed to colleend@neppa.org with attention to Colleen Del Signore. Substitutions may be made at any time (prior to the start of the program).

Books must be returned within 35 days of the shipment date, provided that no exams have been taken and they are in like-new condition, so the appropriate refund can be issued.  If books are not returned within this time frame, the cost will be deducted from the tuition refund as described below.

Withdrawals/cancellations received based on the schedule below are eligible for the following:

                                                          3 weeks prior to the 1st scheduled week of class  = 100% refund of tuition

                                                          Before completion of the 1st scheduled week of class = 75% refund of tuition

                                                          Before the completion of the 2nd scheduled week of class = 50% refund of tuition

                                                         After the 2nd scheduled week of class = 0% refund of tuition

 

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

Please see the information below regarding instructors and lodging.

Instructors

 

  Steve Socoby photo    Steve Socoby, CUSP, Director of Technical Training

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  Peter Crowley, Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor, Trainer

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!”

 

DRegele  Dan Flynn, Trainer

Dan Flynn has been a safety trainer with Northeast Public Power Association, since September 2018 after retiring from Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Dept with more than a 40 year career in public power.

Dan started in the electric meter department in the 1970’s and worked his way through the electric line department as a lineman/line foremen and his last position as the electric department superintendent.  Some of Dan’s responsibilities covered construction, maintenance, and safety of the electric line division.  Dan continues to maintain his  1B/2A Mass. hoisting license and a Mass. Class A Driving license.

Dan is a lifelong resident of Wakefield, Ma where he lives with his wife Alayne of 39 years they have two adult children.

He says “It is a privilege  to continue to be involved with the public power industry in New England to give back any knowledge I’ve acquired over these many years.”

  

DRegele  Dennis Regele, Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor, Trainer

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:

Courtyard by Marriott Littleton  King: $155/night + tax; Queen/Queen: $165/night + tax

102 Constitution Avenue, Littleton, MA 01460

(978) 440-5040 – If calling to make your reservation, be sure to mention either NEPPA or Northeast Power

Click here to make your reservation online using the Corporate Rate: BZL *** Due to COVID, please call the hotel directly.

 

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.

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