Journeyman Events


Below are the 2017 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Journeyman event descriptions. Additional information, including construction diagrams, materials, and images will be provided at a later date.

Crossarm Change Out (4kV)

Teams will be replacing an 8 foot fiberglass crossarm and insulators. The two phase conductors #2 AL are considered energized at 4kV. A complete set of all necessary hardware will be available on the ground at each event pole. The new crossarm and insulators will be assembled after time starts. Competitors will replace existing crossarm with new equipment and re-secure conductors with new wrap-lock ties. All insulators must be removed from crossarm with the nut/square washers back on the stud bolts before the event is considered complete.

Mean Time: 10 min Drop Dead Time: 15 min

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Cutout Replacement (12kV)

This event is simulated energized at 12kV. Teams will replace two 27kV cutout units mounted on opposing ends of an 8 foot cross arm. The load cannot be interrupted. The construction is a two phase double dead end with a switch arm and a neutral.

Mean Time: 11 min Drop Dead Time: 16 min

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Hurtman Rescue

This team event will be run one time with all three team members participating to rescue the hurtman. All three team members must be used. One must climb, one must open switch, and one must tag the mannequin. Teams have 5 minutes to set up and ask questions.  The switch (cutout) feeding the transformer must be opened before the climber can step onto the pole. It will be opened from the ground using an extendo stick and rubber gloves. The stick must be off the ground and the body anytime it is touching anything energized. The climber must wear rubber gloves ground to ground. The climber will split handline and loop bottom part of handline around mannequin’s legs. Then they must take the top part and wrap around the pole a minimum of one and a half wraps, run the rope under mannequin’s arms, and tie three half hitches (the splice cannot be part of the knot). The mannequin will then be lowered to the ground while the third member of the team uses the bottom part of handline tied to the mannequin’s legs to pull mannequin on to the tarp. Teams must attempt to keep the mannequin off of the pole and hardware. There will be NO gigs for incidental contact of the mannequin on the pole or neutral conductor provided the tagman is making an honest attempt. The mannequin must land with all of this body on the tarp provided, and he must hit the ground gently as if it were a real person. A 10x10 tarp will be provided and placed 5 feet from pole centered under switch. 

Mean Time: 4 min Drop Dead Time: 6 min

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OCR Replacement (12kV)

This event consists of replacing a pole mounted oil circuit recloser (OCR) on a single phase distribution line. Electric continuity must be maintained at all times. A single phase OCR with an approximate weight of 160 lbs. will be used. 

Mean Time: 15 min Drop Dead Time: 23 min

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Tie (3ф)

This event is simulated de-energized and grounded. The first climber will climb to the top of pole and secure the handline. Using the handline and material bag the groundman will send up three stringing dollies. The first climber will untie one phase at a time and move each phase to a dollie. Each phase must be controlled at all times and cannot be floated or laid on the pole or crossarm or left untied on insulator. Once all three phases are in dollies the first climber will come to the ground. The second climber will then climb pole and reattach the conductors to the insulators. The stringing dollies must then be lowered to ground and handline railroaded prior to descending.

Mean Time: 10 min Drop Dead Time: 15 min

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Questions:

For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact Giacomo at 202-467-2900 or Rodeo@PublicPower.org .