Announcing the Grand Opening of Lineworker Training at ElectricU

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Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) announces the grand opening of lineworker training at ElectricU.org. This deployment is a milestone in a two year development project, initiated by MEA member companies who invested in the ElectricU consortium. ElectricU’s new comprehensive curriculum is designed to standardize and modernize lineworker training for utilities, contractors, unions and schools.

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Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) announces the grand opening of lineworker training at ElectricU.org. This deployment is a milestone in a two year development project, initiated by MEA member companies who invested in the ElectricU consortium. ElectricU’s new comprehensive curriculum is designed to standardize and modernize lineworker training for utilities, contractors, unions and schools.

ElectricU consists of online training courses and field performance evaluations. When the development project is complete, MEA expects there will be 125+ courses in the lineworker curriculum. MEA has already delivered 21 safety-related courses to consortium members. MEA’s training materials feature rich media and interactions designed to engage learners in effective adult learning techniques. The courses are accessed via the internet or from a company’s intranet. In addition, course content can be presented in a traditional classroom setting with a laptop and LCD projector in a group session to review and discuss proper procedures. Courses are assigned, delivered, and tracked using either MEA’s or a company’s own learning management system (LMS). Every course offers a pre- and post-course knowledge test and recordkeeping feature. In addition, most courses have one or more performance evaluation forms (PEF).

The PEFs are designed for use in the field or during simulated hands-on training to determine if an individual has the knowledge and skills to perform a particular task. Courses are AICC and SCORM compliant.

The training courses, knowledge tests, and performance evaluation materials are industry consensus materials, which have been reviewed by subject matter experts from the ElectricU consortium. The materials are easily customizable so you can include company and/or state-specific requirements. The PEF’s are Microsoft Word documents in an editable format. The courses and knowledge tests are constructed in Lectora, an industry-leading course authoring software.

ElectricU materials can be used to complement a utility’s existing apprentice and journeyman training programs and provide updated, industry-consensus learning at a fraction of the cost of classroom training.
Interested utilities, contractors, schools, and unions can obtain more information by visiting http://www.ElectricU.org or by contacting John Gann at (651) 289-9600 x105.

Below is the list of the 21 Safety courses recently delivered. Other courses and associated PEFs to be released in the coming months include those related to Metering, Substation, Overhead Distribution, Underground Distribution, and Network Systems.

11000 Series Courses: Safety
ELEC-11000 Introduction to OSHA Standards
ELEC-11001 First Aid
ELEC-11002 Fire Extinguisher Safety
ELEC-11003 Hazardous Materials
ELEC-11004 Hazmat Emergency Response
ELEC-11005 Blood borne Pathogens
ELEC-11006 Radio Frequency Awareness
ELEC-11008 Worksite Protection - Traffic Control
ELEC-11009 Lockout and Tagout - LOTO
ELEC-11010 Clearances
ELEC-11011 Vehicle & Equipment Operating Safety- Line - Bucket Trucks - Easements
ELEC-11100 Personal Protective Equipment
ELEC-11101 Personal Protective Grounding – General Requirements
ELEC-11102 Personal Protective Grounds - Overhead Circuits
ELEC-11103 Personal Protective Grounding – Underground Circuits
ELEC-11104 Arc Flash Hazards & Fire-resistant Clothing
ELEC-11106 Electric Safety
ELEC-11107 Working On or Near Energized Parts
ELEC-11201 Locating Underground Distribution Circuits and Services
ELEC-11202 Backfeed
ELEC-11203 Railroad Right of Way Worker Safety

MEA thanks all the members of the ElectricU consortium who helped make this possible.

About Midwest ENERGY Association:
Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) serves the people that bring electricity and natural gas to American homes and businesses. MEA was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by visionary distribution utilities in the Midwest to improve safety and efficiency. Utility companies nationwide now benefit from MEA’s industry roundtables, operations conferences, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world’s premier online training and testing system for the gas and electric utility distribution industry.

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