NCCER Power Line Worker Level 1 Trainee Guide
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This exceptionally produced trainee guide features a highly illustrated design, technical hints and tips from industry experts, review questions and a whole lot more! Key content includes: Power Line Worker Safety, Introduction to Electrical Circuits, Introduction to Electrical Theory, Climbing Wooden Poles, Climbing Structures Other Than Wood, Tools of the Trade, Aerial Framing, Utility Service Equipment, Rigging, Setting and Pulling Poles, Trenching, Excavating, and Boring Equipment, and Introduction to Electrical Test Equipment.
Table of Contents
(Total Level Hours: 402.5 Hours (includes 100 hours of Power Industry Fundamentals, which is a prerequisite for Level 1 completion and must be purchased separately)
49102-11 Power Line Worker Safety (15 Hours)
Covers the safety equipment and safety practices associated with the special hazards of power line work, including electrical
and arc flash hazards; traffic control; trenching; horizontal directional drilling; working in confined spaces; and safe entry
into a substation.
49103-11 Introduction to Electrical Circuits (7.5 Hours)
Provides a general introduction to electricity and DC circuits, including theory of voltage, current and resistance, basic DC
circuits, and Ohm’s law. Also introduces the test equipment used in power line work.
49104-11 Introduction to Electrical Theory (7.5 Hours)
Describes how to calculate voltage, current, and resistance values in series, parallel, and combination DC circuits using
Ohm’s law. Also includes a basic description of grounding and bonding.
49105-11 Climbing Wooden Poles (80 Hours)
Describes how to safely climb a wooden utility pole. Covers climbing equipment, inspection of equipment, pole inspection,
climbing techniques, and pole-top rescue.
49106-11 Climbing Structures Other Than Wood (40 Hours)
Explains the equipment, safety practices, and climbing techniques required to climb towers. Hazards associated with
the environment, such as snakes, birds, insects, and weather hazards, are also covered.
49107-11 Tools of the Trade (10 Hours)
Covers the specialized tools used by line workers, including hot sticks, as well as universal tool accessories. Also covers ladders
and work platforms; crimpers; cable cutters; pneumatic tools; and powder-actuated tools.
49108-11 Aerial Framing (80 Hours)
Explains how to install guys to support a utility pole, as well as how to install the equipment on the pole to support conductors.
Includes the installation of cross-arms, transformers, and conductors.
49109-11 Utility Service Equipment (15 Hours)
Covers descriptions and operations instructions for use of the digger derrick, bucket truck, crane truck, and aerial lift. Also
covers safety requirements; inspection and maintenance; driving and setup operations; and emergency procedures.
49110-11 Rigging (12.5 Hours)
Explains how to select and use rigging equipment. Covers common rigging equipment and rigging methods that are likely
to be used by power line workers. Also covers hand signals and other methods of communication between the rigger and the
49111-11 Setting and Pulling Poles (20 Hours)
Provides instructions for the storage, loading, and transport of wooden utility poles. Includes use of the digger derrick to dig
the hole and install the pole. Also covers pole removal using a hydraulic jacking device.
49112-11 Trenching, Excavating, and Boring Equipment (7.5 Hours)
Covers the use and maintenance of trenching equipment, backhoe/loaders, and horizontal directional drilling equipment
for the installation of direct-buried power lines. Includes a review of safety guidelines related to buried utilities.
49113-11 Introduction to Electrical Test Equipment (7.5 Hours)
Introduces the basic test equipment used by electrical workers to test and troubleshoot electrical circuits. Also covers
specialized line worker test equipment, including the highvoltage detector, phase rotation tester, megohmmeter, phasing
stick, and hipot tester.