Metering Training Program Now Available for Electric Lineworkers

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Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) announces the release of 13 metering-related courses and associated Performance Evaluation Forms as part of the ElectricU lineworker training development initiative.

Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) announces the release of 13 metering-related courses and associated Performance Evaluation Forms as part of the ElectricU lineworker training development initiative. This deployment is another milestone in the ElectricU project, a project initiated and developed by a consortium of MEA member companies. ElectricU’s new comprehensive curriculum is designed to standardize and modernize lineworker training for utilities, contractors, unions and schools.

The 13 metering courses released cover tasks that a lineworker should be competent in regarding knowledge of and maintenance for meters. The courses are:

  •     ELEC-05010 Single Phase Metering Self Contained Socket Base-Basics
  •     ELEC-05011 Single Phase Metering Self Contained A-Base-Basics
  •     ELEC-05020 Single Phase Metering Transformer Rated - Socket or A-Base – Basics
  •     ELEC-05030 Three Phase Metering Self Contained Socket Base – Basics
  •     ELEC-05031 Three Phase Metering Self Contained A-Base – Basics
  •     ELEC-05040 Three Phase Metering Transformer Rated - Socket or A-Base-Basics
  •     ELEC-05050 Instrument Transformers - Current and Potential Transformers for Electric Metering – Basics
  •     ELEC-05101 Metering Diversion and Theft of Service
  •     ELEC-05102 Investigate Voltage Problems Single Phase Metering
  •     ELEC-05104 Investigate High Bill Complaints Single Phase Metering
  •     ELEC-05106 Investigate High Bill Complaints Three Phase Metering
  •     ELEC-05300 Meters & Metering Applications Fundamentals
  •     ELEC-05301 Electro-Mechanical Meters Maintenance - Repair and Adjustment

In addition to the courses, 38 metering-related Performance Evaluation Forms (PEFs) were developed to define the steps for a given task and criteria for determining if the step was done correctly. 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.

Other courses and associated PEFs to be released in the coming months include those related to Substation, Overhead Distribution, Underground Distribution, General Support Skills, and Network Systems.

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). 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.

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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