Virtual Course

Maintenance of High Voltage Electrical Distribution Systems

Learn about corrective, preventive, and predictive maintenance programs for overhead and underground lines. Go over the essentials of inspection and testing of distribution lines and equipment and review NESC maintenance requirements, risk management, and cost accounting.
May 26 - 27, 2021
12:00pm EDT - 4:00pm EDT

Virtual Training

Unable to attend an in-person class but interested in pursuing technical training? This new, virtual offering—through Zoom—provides the opportunity to interact with the instructors, your industry peers, and earn continuing education credits.

Learning Environment

This course combines real-time instructor-facilitated presentations, small group breakout sessions, in-class examples, quizzes, live polling, practical application exercises, Q&A sessions, and group discussions.

Timing

Participate in two, real-time sessions from Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern on May 26 and 27. There will be two, 15-minute breaks incorporated into each session. 

Course Overview

The key to safe, reliable operations is a well-managed maintenance program—so join us to review best practices. Learn from the experts about corrective, preventive, and predictive maintenance programs for overhead and underground lines. Go over the essentials of inspection and testing of distribution lines and equipment. Review NESC maintenance requirements, risk management, and cost accounting with the experts. Get tips on how to evaluate your maintenance programs using productivity and service level measures and benchmarks. Understand regulatory requirements in distribution system maintenance.

Course Topics

  • Engineering and accounting definitions of maintenance and the purpose of maintenance 
  • Differences between corrective, preventive and predictive maintenance, and their typical applications on the distribution system  
  • Legal and regulatory requirements for distribution maintenance, including NESC requirements for inspection and correction of hazardous conditions and defects 
  • How to create and implement an effective distribution system maintenance program 
  • Overhead and underground distribution maintenance practices
  • Distribution equipment maintenance practices

Recommended for

Those who are relatively inexperienced in the industry or to the distribution system, as well as those with experience who want to refresh and update their understanding of distribution maintenance requirements, practices, and program management. 

Those who work at all organization levels and in all areas of responsibility for distribution system maintenance including:

  • Engineering managers and design engineers
  • Business and customer service managers
  • Operations managers, crew supervisors and senior line workers 
  • Consulting engineers 

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes

Coming soon!

Course Level

Basic/Intermediate: No prerequisites; Some advance preparation is requested, including completing a brief pre-course survey and selected readings.   

Technology Requirements

  • Zoom Meeting Application: Attendees are required to have strong Internet access, in order to run the Zoom meeting platform. Click here to learn more about downloading the Zoom Web Client.
  • Audio/Webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will also need a webcam, so you can fully engage in the small group breakout sessions and group discussions.  

Course Access and Materials

  • Zoom Links: Zoom log in credentials will be sent out 24 hours before the start of the first session.
  • Course materials: Attendees will receive access to APPA’s secure online document portal a week before the course, where the eManual and other course materials will be made available, allowing you to work with them before, during and after the online sessions.
  • Recordings: The sessions will be recorded and can be accessed through APPA’s document portal (within two weeks after the program concludes), in case you can’t attend the live versions. Recordings will be accessible for 30 days. Note: Continuing education credits can only be issued for attending live sessions.

Accreditation

The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing both live sessions. Certificates will be emailed out by June 8. These sessions will be recorded, though certificates can only be awarded to those who participate in the live events (click here to review completion requirements). 

Recommended CEUs .8/PDHs 7/CPEs 8.4 (both sessions) 
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Instructors 

Headshot photo of R John Miner R. John Miner, P.E., is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc., of Austin and San Antonio, Texas and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with honors), and a Master of Science degree in engineering science, both from the University of Toledo.  John is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Minnesota.

tom black headshotM. Thomas Black, P.E., is an independent consultant and course instructor in the electric and gas utility industry. His experience includes both municipal (Colorado Springs and City of Fountain, CO) and Investor owned (Progress Energy) utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. His range of experience in the utility industry covers 30 years and includes planning and engineering, standards, Construction and Maintenance Manager, Energy Delivery General Manager and Chief Energy Officer responsible for all aspects of energy supply, electric transmission and distribution and gas distribution. 

Questions? 

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2978

Schedule/Content/Accreditation
Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2965

Held in partnership with:

Collaborative Learning, Inc.

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Registration Fees

  • $675 for members
  • $1,350 for nonmembers

Not a member? Join today and save on your course registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2926 to learn more.

Group Discounts

Save an additional $50 on each when your organization registers five or more people. The larger your group, the more you save!  

Number of registrants

Discount
(per person)

Member
Registration Fee

Nonmember
Registration Fee

1-4

n/a

$675

$1,350

5-10

$50

$625

$1,300

11-15

$100

$575

$1,250

16+

$150 $525 $1,200

Contact [email protected] for more information and to request the group registration form to receive this special discount.  

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before May 19, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after May 19 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by May 19 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Email your cancellation request to [email protected]

Communication

  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 1 week out: You’ll receive a more comprehensive logistics/prep email a week out from the start of the first session.
  • 24 hours before: 
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in link the day before the first class (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the first class (directly from the [email protected]). 
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected] or call 202-467-2965.

Questions?

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2978

Schedule/Content/Accreditation
Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2965
 

Earn While You Learn!

Participate in virtual programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs). This course is eligible for the following credits:

Recommended CEUs .8/PDHs 7/CPEs 8.4 (both sessions) 
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending live sessions during this event—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of each live session and complete an online evaluation at the end of each one—that equates to 215 of the potential 240 minutes of each module.
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data
  • Completion certificates will be emailed out within 2 weeks of the last session in a live event (for those who meet the requirements). You’ll receive one certificate for both sessions.
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within 2 weeks of the last session), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events. Recordings will be accessible for 30 days after the last course session.

IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs): The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendee transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2965. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits: The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org. Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected]

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

Format and Log-In Information

This class will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform. Presented in two, 4-hour sessions, this engaging and practical online course combines real-time instructor-facilitated presentations, small group breakout sessions, in-class examples, quizzes, live polling, practical application exercises, Q&A sessions, and group discussions.

  • You’ll receive a logistics email one week in advance of the class.
  • You will receive your Zoom access link 24 hours in advance of the first session from the APPA Academy <[email protected]s>. Please reach out to [email protected] if you do not receive that email.

Communication

  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 1 week out: You’ll receive a more comprehensive logistics/prep email a week out from the start of the first session.
  • 24 hours before: 
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in links the day before the first class (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the first class (directly from the [email protected]). 
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected] or call 202-467-2965.

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version. Then, visit Zoom.us/test to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results. If you use your Internet browser, your functionality may be more limited (for example, you will only be able to see one video feed at a time), and you will need to create a Zoom account. (account creation is a free and straightforward process, but you will want to do this in advance so you do not miss any part of the meeting).

  • Internet access: You will need a strong Internet connection to run the Zoom meeting platform. 
  • Audio and webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will need a webcam to fully engage in the small group breakout exercises and discussions.  

Privacy and Security

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this course:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only

Code of Conduct

Participants agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If participants engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the code, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

Questions?