Event

Lineworkers Rodeo

In preparation for the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo and E&O Conference, the Association will host two planning meetings at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. Meeting attendees will draft event descriptions, choose chief and master judges, and discuss logistics for the 2019 Lineworkers Rodeo and topics/speakers for the E&O Conference.
March 29 - 30, 2019
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo - Results

The results from the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo are now in. Please click here to view the results from the Apprentice competition, and please click here to view the results from the Journeyman Competition. Thank you once again to all of our competitors, judges, and volunteers! We hope to see you all again in 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

You can find pictures of this year's Awards Banquet here.

Please contact the rodeo team at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Agenda

Below is the preliminary agenda for the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.

Friday, April 27
All events on Friday take place at the Raleigh Convention Center

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Training Course Registration

7:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Training Courses for Apprentices and Journeyman Lineworkers

  • Keynote Address by Wally Haase (Free for all attendees)
  • The Dangers of Backfeed in Line Work
  • Meaningful Job Briefings - Safety & Compliance in Harmony
  • Transformer Connections
  • Best Practices in Storm Restoration and Mutual Aid

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Indoor Vendor Expo: Connect with industry experts and learn about their latest products and services

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Rodeo Registration & Sales: Registration for apprentice, journeyman teams, judges, and greeters/auditors.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Judges, Greeters/Auditors Meeting (Mandatory Event): Judges and greeters/auditors must register prior to attending this meeting. Judges will proceed to the Apprentice Written Test after this meeting.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Apprentice Written Test Event: Apprentices must register prior to this event and arrive by 4:00 p.m. for the test.

Saturday, April 28
The rodeo competition takes place in the Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina. The rodeo awards banquet takes place at the Raleigh Convention Center

7:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony

8:00 a.m.: 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Competition

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Outdoor Lineworkers Rodeo Vendor Expo

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Written Test Chief Event Judge Available for Q&A

6:00 p.m.: Rodeo Awards Banquet (Tickets Required): Competitors, judges, volunteers, families, and guests are invited to celebrate the Rodeo winners and participants at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Sunday, April 29 -Wednesday, May 2
2018 Engineering & Operations Technical Conference

Back to Rodeo Agenda

Courses:

  • Keynote Address (Wally Haase) - FREE
  • The Dangers of Backfeed in Line Work - $75
  • Meaningful Job Briefings – Safety & Compliance in Harmony - $75
  • Transformer Connections - $75
  • Best Practices in Storm Restoration and Mutual Aid - $75

Apprentice Events:

  • Double Dead-End Bell Change Out
  • Hurtman Rescue
  • Rope Toss
  • Sidewalk Guy
  • Written Test

Journeyman Events:

  • 4kV 600 Amp Switch Replacement
  • 4kV Four Bell Change Out
  • 4kV Crossarm Change Out
  • 4kV Jumper Replacement
  • Hurtman Rescue

Friday, April 27

Training Track Courses

Opening Rodeo Training Track Keynote Address FREE

Registrants for all training tracks are encouraged to attend this free keynote session.

7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

While most people in the United States can’t imagine life without electricity, the reality is that over 15,000 homes on the Navajo Nation—served by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority—are living without power. This means no refrigeration, modern appliances, or running water, creating a very different life dominated by the need to gather basic necessities to survive. Learn what life on the Navajo nation is like, hear how public power is banding together to help bring power to these homes, and take action to help connect families to the grid on the Navajo Nation.

Speaker: Walter Haase, General Manager, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Fort Defiance, Arizona

The Dangers of Backfeed in Line Work $75

Recommended CEUs .2/PDHs 2/CPEs 2.4

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Incorrectly connected generators can backfeed onto the distribution system and create a dangerous condition that can injure lineworkers. Backfeed conditions can exist with a variety of types ranging from single-phase gas/diesel generators to larger three-phase solar installations and behind-the-meter residential solar or wind installations. In this class, you’ll explore different aspects of these sources and learn how to ensure the safety of those working on the distribution facilities connected to the generation.

Instructor: Bob Rumbaugh, Manager of Technical Training, AMP, Columbus, Ohio

Meaningful Job Briefings – Safety & Compliance in Harmony $75

Recommended CEUs .2/PDHs 2/CPEs 2.4

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Job briefing—are we being brief when discussing the job or are we being briefed about the job? OSHA requires that prior to a job the person in charge shall present all the available information that relates to the determination of existing characteristics and conditions. So, what does that mean?

Through case studies of successes and failures, you’ll learn how to conduct an appropriate and meaningful job briefing. You’ll hear an overview of job briefing requirements and learn about the job briefing format from the perspective of the employee who’ll be performing the tasks associated with the job.

Instructors: Joe Schmidt, Regional Safety Coordinator, and Bob Sewell, Generation and Safety Coordinator—Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, Plymouth, Minnesota

Transformer Connections $75

Recommended CEUs .2/PDHs 2/CPEs 2.4

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of transformers, three-phase transformer connection, and theory. You’ll review the basics of transformers, including turns ratios, polarities, calculations, connections, and troubleshooting. You’ll discover the basic three-phase systems with some basic phasor diagrams and the relationship of the phasor to the transformer itself. You’ll also learn about basic three-phase connections, delta connection, wye connection, open delta connection, and troubleshooting transformers.

Instructor: Shane St. Clair, Regional Safety Coordinator/JTS Instructor, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, Plymouth, Minnesota

Best Practices in Storm Restoration and Mutual Aid $75

Recommended CEUs .2/PDHs 2/CPEs 2.4

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Hear lessons learned and best practices in storm restoration and mutual aid, highlighting recent examples from the record-breaking 2017 hurricane season. Learn about the different stages of restoration and mutual aid from the lineman’s perspective, including: crew preparation (proper inventory, assigning roles/responsibilities), coordinating travel (logistics, what to bring, support for crews), response efforts, developing preliminary damage assessments, and power restoration and safety. Receive a step-by-step guide to safe and efficient restoration (switching, tagging, testing, grounding, checking for back feed), tips for troubleshooting overhead and underground lines, dealing with the public, getting home safely, and post-disaster audits.

Instructor: Mark Todd, CUSP, Senior Safety & Training Specialist, ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina


Apprentice Events

Below are the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Apprentice event descriptions.

Double Dead-End Bell Change Out

This is a dead and grounded event. The construction spec will be single-phase, straight-line, double dead-end. There will be a jumper across the top of the pole, tied on the pole top pin. The apprentice will change out both dead-end bells.

Mean Time: 8 min Drop Dead Time: 12 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Hurtman Rescue

This event is a simulation of rescuing an injured co-worker. The apprentice must ascend the 40’ pole and safely lower the mannequin to the ground. Time starts at the judge’s signal with apprentice standing at least an arm’s length from the pole in any direction. Note: The apprentice’s belt and hooks will be lying on the ground at arm’s length.

Mean Time: 4 min Drop Dead Time: 6 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Rope Toss

The competitor will throw a rope over an 8' fiberglass crossarm mounted at 28’ above the ground on a 40-foot pole. The competitor must tie one end to a guy wire using a rolling bends knot. The guy wire is 20' long and one end is attached to an existing anchor. The rope must be pulled tight and tied to another anchor using a bowline on a bight with two snub hitches. Rope will be provided and laid out at each event station. The specified knots are the only knots that will be accepted and can be found in the Lineman's and Cableman’s Handbook.

Mean Time: 3 min Drop Dead Time: 5 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Sidewalk Guy

The apprentice will install a new guy wire and sidewalk guy bracket on a partially framed 40’ pole. After installing the equipment, the guy will be placed under tension and when completed, judged for proper installation. The apprentice shall return the pole back to normal before exiting the event.

Mean Time: 15 min. Drop Dead Time: 20 min.

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Written Test

The written test is a timed 20-minute test given annually to encourage safety at all times when working in the field and during competitions, such as the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. This written test event takes place on Friday afternoon before the Saturday field events. Competitors should bring their scorebook with them to the test.

Drop Dead Time: 20 min

Event Overview

Questions:

For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact Patrick O'Rourke at 202-467-2931 or [email protected] .


Journeyman Events

Below are the Journeyman event descriptions for the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.

4kV 600 Amp Switch Replacement

This is a 4kV event working with Class II or higher rubber gloves off the pole. The event will be framed with two stitches. The team only needs to replace one of the 600-amp under-slung switch on an 8’ crossarm on a 40’ pole. The team can choose which switch is changed out and the load cannot be interrupted. The permanent jumpers will have terminal pads mounted on them and bolted to the switch.

Mean Time: 12 min Drop Dead Time: 16 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

4kV Four Bell Change Out

This event is simulated energized at 4kV (rubber gloves). The primary is 1/0 ASCR with #4 CU over arm jumpers on an 8’ fiberglass crossarm. This will be a 2 wire 4kV event, with no center phase. The objective is to change all 4 dead-end insulators under the mean time in a professional and safe manner. Continuity must be maintained with the “over arm jumper” or by means of a temporary jumper. Adequate covering must be used to protect from violating safe encroachment distances, accidentally energizing hardware, pole, and or crossarms. Tools used for this event must be approved live line tools rated for 4kV or above.

Mean Time: 16 min Drop Dead Time: 21 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

4kV Crossarm Change Out

Teams will be replacing an 8-foot fiberglass crossarm and insulators. The two phase conductors 1/0 ACSR 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

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

4kV Jumper Replacement

This event will require the team to change out both primary jumpers energized on a 4kV double dead-end on an 8’ fiberglass arm construction. Constant continuity must be maintained. The primary jumpers to be replaced will be #4 bare solid copper tied to a polymer pin type insulator with #8 bare solid copper. The jumpers will be connected to the primary with hot line clamps. Teams will replace the jumpers, insulator pins, and pin type insulators. 

Mean Time: 18 min Drop Dead Time: 22 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Hurtman Rescue

This team event will run once, with all team members rescuing the hurtman--one must climb, one must open switch, and one must tag the mannequin. The mannequin will be lowered to the ground while the third team member ties the bottom part of the handline to the mannequin’s legs to pull it onto the tarp. Teams must keep the mannequin off 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’s whole body must land gently (as if it were human) on the provided tarp

Mean Time: 4 min Drop Dead Time: 6 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Rodeo Policies

Questions

For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact Patrick O'Rourke at 202-467-2931 or [email protected].


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Registration

Competitor registration for the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo has now closed. We look forward to seeing you all in Raleigh and Wake Forest!

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Patrick O'Rourke at POrourke@PublicPower.org or 202-467-2931.

If you are competing in this year's Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, please sign the Code of Conduct form, found here, by April 20. If you are competing or volunteering as a judge, general volunteer, greeter, or auditor, please sign the Liability Waiver, found here, by April 20.

Important Dates:

Registration Opens: December, 2017
Early Registration Deadline: March 16, 2018
Final Registration Deadline: March 30, 2018
FAQ Submission Deadline: April 6, 2018

Prices:

Item Price Before March 16 (early reg.) Price March 17 - March 30 (late reg.)
Apprentice Registration $250 $300
Team with Judge Registration $500 $550
Team without Judge Registration $600 $650
Training Course Registration (per course) $75 $100
Rodeo Banquet Table* $210 $260
Adult Banquet Ticket $60 $75
Child Banquet Ticket $25 $40
Volunteer Banquet Ticket** $30 $40

* The purchase of a Rodeo Banquet Table does not include any Banquet Tickets required for admission. Each table seats up to 8 individuals, and each person must have his/her own ticket for admission. 

** Please note that only General Volunteers must buy a Volunteer Banquet Ticket. Judges, Greeters, and Auditors are provided 1 free banquet ticket.

Competitor Registration

Competitor registration includes registration for each competitor (each team member and/or apprentice), event t-shirt, and banquet ticket. Banquet ticket includes admission to awards ceremony, dinner, and two drink tickets for each competitor. To receive the “Team with Judge” discount, each team registered should complete the accompanying Volunteer Registration form for each applicable judge.

    Training Courses

    Courses are open to journeymen and apprentice lineworkers from the Association's member utilities. Additional information about the available training courses is available at the Training Course page. 

    Banquet Purchases

    • Banquet Tables: The Association offers Rodeo participants the opportunity to reserve a table at the Rodeo Awards Banquet on Saturday night. All reserved tables will be assigned and labeled with the utility’s name. There are 8 chairs at each table, and a Table purchase does NOT include Banquet Tickets for admission. The Association strongly recommends that Table orders be placed as early as possible as quantities are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. All Banquet Tables must be reserved before the April 7th deadline. 
    • Banquet Tickets: Rodeo attendees may choose to purchase additional banquet tickets for colleagues, family, and friends. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase; as such, the Association recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Banquet tickets include a meal, two drink tickets (Adult Tickets only), a seat for the Rodeo awards ceremony, and entertainment. Note that all competitors, judges, and greeters/auditors receive a banquet ticket as a part of their event registration. Banquet tickets purchased in advance will be available at the “Sales” area during the Rodeo Registration and Expo, on-site at the Rodeo grounds in the “General Information” tent on Saturday, May 6.

    Volunteers

    There are two main options for volunteering at the Rodeo:

    1. General Volunteers
    2. Judges/Greeters/Auditors

    General Volunteers

    Provide support with tasks such as registering teams, assisting with sales, setup, and general information, and providing support on-site at the Rodeo (including parking management, helping with children's activities, assisting with sales and information stations, etc.). Participation of volunteers from the host utility, their community partners, and members of the public power community from across the country is essential to the success of this event. Volunteers are needed on Thursday April 26, Friday April 27, and Saturday April 28, 2018.
     

    Judges and Greeter/Auditors

    Judges and Greeter/Auditors are specialized volunteers.

    • Judges for the journeyman and apprentice events must have experience with linework and/or judging similar events in the past. Judges must attend a meeting at the Raleigh Convention Center in the afternoon on Friday (4/27/2018), proctor the Apprentice Written Test in the afternoon on Friday (4/27/2018) at the Raleigh Convention Center, and judge events during the Rodeo on Saturday (5/28/2018) at Wake Forest. You will be required to be on the Rodeo field from 7 am to approximately 2 pm.
    • Greeter/Auditors are stationed at a specific competition event during the Rodeo on Saturday, April 28 to provide instructions to each team and/or apprentice upon arriving at that event using a script. They may also check all competitors in and out at each specific event by time-stamping their rotation schedule and confirming that their score sheet has been filled out correctly. Scripts and guidelines are provided for Greeter/Auditors. Greeters/Auditors are only needed on Saturday (4/28/2018) at the grounds in Wake Forest, NC, but must attend a mandatory in-person meeting on Friday (4/27/2018) at the Raleigh Convention Center. This meeting gives you an opportunity to ask your event judge any questions you may have about the event in advance. You will be required to be on the Rodeo field from 7 am to approximately 2 pm.

     

    Hotel Reservations Alert
    Please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Some Association members have been contacted by a third party claiming to represent the Association and offering assistance with hotel reservations. No such third party is affiliated with the Association or authorized to represent us. Attendees are encouraged to only use the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from the Association, on our conference brochures and on the Association's website for each event.

    Raleigh Marriott City Center

    You’ll enjoy your stay at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, conveniently located in downtown and connected to the Raleigh Convention Center. You can explore the vibrant surroundings near Historic Oakwood and visit top destinations including PNC Arena, Marbles Kids Museum, and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Visit Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen for a taste of fresh, locally sourced meals, handcrafted cocktails, and a wide array of local and craft brews. After an eventful day, head to the hotel’s elegant rooms, appointed with comfortable workspaces, marble bathrooms, and flat-panel TVs with access to Netflix, Hulu and Crackle. When downtime arises, opt for a swim in the indoor pool or break a sweat in the modern fitness center.

    If you are experiencing any issues with making hotel reservations, please contact Meetings@PublicPower.org for assistance.

    Address
    Raleigh Marriott City Center
    500 Fayetteville Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601

    Main Telephone
    919-833-1120

    Group Rates
    $199 (Single/Double) per night (plus 12.5% tax)

    Room Rate Cut-Off Date
    April 4, 2018

    Reservations
    Please make reservations directly with the Raleigh Marriott City Center. Please reference group code "American Public Power Association" when reserving a room.

    • Online: Click here.
    •  By phone: 1-888-236-2427

    Hotel Shuttle
    A shuttle will be provided from the Raleigh Marriott City Center to the Rodeo grounds. Additional details and times will be provided at a later date.

    Parking
    Valet Parking fee: $30/overnight; Day Guests: $18

    Off-site parking, fee: 3 USD hourly, 12 USD daily

    Hotel Reservations & Association Cancellation Policy

    The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Wednesday, April 4, 2018. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate.  The room block may sell out before April 4, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call 1-888-236-2427 and reference “American Public Power Association” or make your reservation online at here. The Raleigh Marriott City Center should receive all reservations no later than April 4, 2018.

    Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or meetings@publicpower.org.


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where and when is the next Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo?

    March 29-30, 2019
    The Broadmoor
    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    April 17-18, 2020
    Kansas City Convention
    Kansas City, Missouri

    Our FAQ process has now closed. Thank you for all of your questions and we look forward to seeing everyone in North Carolina!


    Rodeo Policies

    General Rodeo Rules (Updated General Rules 1/9/2018)

    Fall Arrest

    Code of Conduct


    Rodeo FAQs

    Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 

    Updated event descriptions have now been posted online for the Apprentice Written Test, and the Journeyman 4kV Crossarm Change Out (1/9/2018).

    An updated event description (1/24/18) and updated specs (2/6/2018) are now available online for the Apprentice Rope Toss .

    An updated event description has now been posted online for the Apprentice Sidewalk Guy event (2/12/18).

    An updated event description is now available online for the Journeyman 4kV Jumper Replacement  (2/16/2018).

    Updated event descriptions are now available online for the Apprentice Double Dead-End Change Out and the Journeyman 4kV Crossarm Change Out (2/26/18).

    The Journeyman 4kV Jumper Replacement now has updated pictures online. To specifically view a picture of the top tie used during the event, click here (3.14.18).

    Updated event specs are now available online for the Journeyman 4kV Crossarm Change Out (3/14/18).

    An updated event spec has been posted for the Apprentice Rope Toss event (4/4/18).

    Updated pictures have now been provided for all events (4/4/18).

    Updated pictures have now been provided for the Journeyman Hurtman Rescue (4/12/18). 

    1. Who is qualified to enter, and what is a team? A person is considered an apprentice for 4 years after he/she enters an apprentice program. A team consists of two journeyman linemen and one ground support person. This three-person team is permitted to rotate roles between events. If a team member is hurt, that individual is out of the competition for the remainder of the events. The team can then substitute a registered alternate for the one hurt. The groundman can be an alternate if he/she is a journeyman lineworker.
    2. Where do Lineworkers have to be employed? All participants must be employed by an Association member municipal utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association.
    3. What type of poles will be used during this year's Rodeo? The poles will be penta treated pine poles.
    4. Do we have to sign a liability release? Yes, a Release form must be signed by all competitors and volunteers of the Lineworkers Rodeo.
    5. Who will be the judges? All employees at the Association's member utilities, JAAs, or state/regional associations who have Lineworker experience can apply to be a judge. We welcome and encourage judges from all participating utilities.
    6. Will there be a first aid station and paramedic on the grounds? Yes.
    7. Can I get a diagram of each event? Event overviews, construction diagrams and materials lists and event photos for each apprentice and journeyman team event will be posted in the coming weeks.
    8. How tall will the poles be for each event? The poles will be 40 feet tall, set 6 feet in the ground (i.e. 34 feet from the ground to the top of the pole).
    9. Is the alternate or fourth man allowed to rotate onto the team or is he only allowed to come in if someone gets hurt? In other words, if nobody gets hurt he doesn't get to participate at all? The alternate can only be inserted into the team in the event of extreme circumstances (i.e. injury or illness) and must be approved by the Master Judge prior to reporting to the next event station. That person will be required to stay on the team for the remainder of the event. Keep in mind that the three team members are permitted to rotate roles as long they are all journeyman linemen.
    10. Can you ascend or descend with both primary and secondary belts attached to the pole? No…Please refer to the fall arrest guidelines on the rodeo webpage.
    11. Do all teams, alternates, and judges receive banquet tickets? Registration for teams, apprentice, judges, and greeters/auditors includes a complimentary banquet ticket and t-shirt for each individual registered. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased through our online registration system. Tickets will be available on-site while supplies last. We strongly advise you to purchase banquet tickets ahead of time as they do tend to sell out.
    12. How do I receive my banquet tickets? If you have ordered banquet tickets, they can be picked up during the Rodeo from the Sales Desk on Friday (April 27 – Convention Center, Raleigh), or from the General Information Tent on Saturday (April 28 – Competition Grounds, Wake Forest).
    13. Will the Rodeo have free parking? Parking will be free for everyone, however, there will be separate parking locations for competitors and their trailers. Parking passes will be provided to competitors as they drop off their trucks/trailers prior to the Saturday's events. Public parking will not require a parking pass. Please refer to the grounds map for parking lot locations.
    14. Who should I contact if I have any other questions? Patrick O'Rourke: Phone: (202) 467-2931 | E-mail: Rodeo@PublicPower.org

    Apprentice Event FAQs

    Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 

    1. For the Rope Toss event:
      • May the competitor tie an object onto the rope to assist in throwing it? No, the rope is the only object that may be thrown into the air.
      • There are many options for 3/8" nylon braided rope. Could we have more info regarding the exact rope that will be used during the event? The rope will be a 12-strand braided rope -- a Yale Cordage 3/8 Poly Plus-12 Reel. Please click here to see an image of the rope type.
      • I'm not finding the "snub hitch" in the Lineman & Cablemans Handbook. Could photos be posted of how the bowline on a bite and the snub hitches will be used? There are multiple names/nicknames for most knots so we just want to be sure. The object is to pull tight the guy wire on the opposite anchor. The bowline-on-a-bight creates a loop in the line several feet above the anchor. The created loop is used to gain a 2:1 mechanical advantage in pulling the rope tight to the anchor. The running part of the rope should pass through the eye of the anchor and return up to the bowline knot. The rope can then be pulled tight and “snubbed” at the bowline’s loops with two hitches. For a knot diagram, please see the second page of the event specs.
      • Will the guy anchors be set in line with the crossarm or perpendicular to the crossarm? Please attach a picture showing. The anchors will be perpendicular to the crossarm. Please find a picture here.
      • Does headache need to be called when throwing rope? No.
      • Are points deducted for not getting the rope over the arm? No.
      • Is there a specific diameter around the pole that you can throw from on this event? Between the pole and either anchor (10’ radius = 20’ diameter).
      • Can the bowline on a bight be tied before throwing the rope over the crossarm? Yes.
      • Can the rope already be wrapped up on the ground or does it have to be stretched out? During the 5 minute set-up time, the rope may be arranged however the apprentice would like.
    2. For the Hurtman Rescue event:
      1. There are currently no red bands labelled on the the specs and pictures provided. Where will the red bands be located? Pictures (which include the red bands) will be provided once the construction process has been completed. 
      2. Are we able to belt on the pole before putting on our rubber gloves? You may put belt on pole before putting on rubber gloves, but rubber gloves must be on before you begin to climb.
    3. For the Sidewalk Guy event:
      • Can a straight line or hand line be used, or a hand line only? Hand lines are required on all events.
      • Does the guy wire have to be tied in with a preform at the anchor or does the guy wire only have to be pulled tight with a chain hoist? The guy wire needs to be tied in at the anchor with a preform and the hoist removed before time stops.
      • Are rubber gloves required? Rubber gloves are not required.
      • Does the hand line have to be hung on the pole or can it hang from belt? The hand line can be hung on the belt to ascend the pole but it has to be hung on the pole to pull up material.
      • Is the fitting end strut already attached to the pipe? No.
      • Can the pipe be pulled up by hand or does hand line have to be used? The hand line has to be used to pull material up the pole.
      • Will rubber gloves be used for the sidewalk guy event? No, this is not a rubber glove event.
      • Are channel locks allowed to use to lock down the preform for the down guy? Yes; however, channel lock pliers are not approved for tightening set screws.
      • On the 5 ft pipe used for the sidewalk guy is the end that the guy wire goes through assembled on the pipe? The fitting end strut is not attached to the end of the pipe, it will have to be assembled after time starts.
      • Is the guy wire already cut to length for this event or will the apprentice have to cut the guy wire in the event time? The guy wire will be cut a little longer than needed and the apprentice will not have to cut it.
      • Can an additional short straight line be used to pull up the sidewalk arm or does it have to be pulled up on a hand line as well? The rules state a hand line must be used to pull up and lower material.
      • Does the preform have to be "completely" served on the guy wire or just partially?  Both preforms need to be wrapped all the way up to the last wrap and they do not need to be finished off (this is to make the event faster to take apart). However, if a competitor leaves more than one last wrap incomplete, it will be a two point deduction.
      • Will the guy wire have a preform attached for us to just hang it on the guy wire bracket? Or will we have to install both preforms in event time? Both preforms will have to be attached to the guy wire after your time has started.
      • Can you put your climbing gear on during the 5 minute setup time? Climbing gear has to be put on after time starts.
      • We were wondering about the "hand line straight line" stated in the overview for bring up and lowering the guy. Can it be just a straight line with no shiv or hook assembly? Hand Lines are required on all events.
      • Can the preform that goes on p hook (on the pole) be put on the guy wire and completed on the ground, so that when climber gets to p hook preform can be slide over it? It’s up to you, if you feel you can slide it over.
      • Is the plate on the end of the pipe where guy wire runs through supposed to be left loose to allow guy wire to slide through or tightened down then when pulled it will pull pipe and wire? When completed and installed correctly, the bolt on the end has to be tight.
      • On the spec sheet it states that the Sidewalk Guy is attached at 9' min. Will the butt plate on all poles be rigged at that height? They are supposed to be built as per the spec sheet.
      • Are we able to use both sides of a hand line, to raise or lower materials? Yes.
      • Do you have to run the guy wire end through attachment and tighten it down, or can you run it on the outside of the sidewalk attachment? The guy wire has to be run through and attached correctly.
      • Can the queens post be attached to the guy wire prior to being pulled up on the hand line? Yes, however, the sidewalk guy assembly pipe must be level within two inches when the event is complete and if the pipe falls while pulling up the assemble a deduction of two points for each infraction will be awarded to the competitor.
      • Is the handline going to be dropped out after installing, or will it be left tied off at the top of the pole? The handline must be dropped after the material has been assembled on the pole.
    4. For the Double Dead-end Bell Change Out event:
      • Is placing the strap of your hoist on top of the pole a position that will damage the strap? As long as the strap doesn't get caught on something or gets twisted, it should be fine whether you place it on top of the pole or on the side of the pole.
      • Can a piece of line hose be used to protect the strap of the hoist so it could be caught off with 2 grips? Yes.
      • Which way will the pins be facing? Will they be facing the neutral or aware from the neutral? The change out pins will be facing away from the neutral.
      • Can the apprentice keep his secondary belt around the pole after transferring his primary belt over the neutral, and climb to the top with both belts? He would leave it around the pole until he transfers back below the neutral. No, we need to see a transition and park the secondary safety back on the belt.
      • Are we required to cover up the common neutral? No cover is needed.

    An updated event description has now been posted online for the Apprentice Written Test (1/9/2018).

    An updated event description (1/24/18) is now available online for the Apprentice Rope Toss event.

    An updated event description has now been posted online for the Apprentice Sidewalk Guy event (2/12/18).

    An updated event description is now available online for the Apprentice Double Dead-End Change Out (2/26/18).

    An updated event spec has been posted for the Apprentice Rope Toss event (4/4/18).

    Updated pictures have now been provided for all events (4/4/18).


      Journeyman Event FAQs

      Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 

      1. For the Hurtman Rescue event:
        1. Where will the dummy be hung on the pole? The dummy will be hanging under the cutout with its left arm against the neutral and its safety run in between the hangers on the transformer.
        2. Where is the handline going to be hung on the event? Can there be a picture of the mannequin and handline position posted to the website? The hand line will be hung at the top of the pole right above the fiberglass cutout bracket. When you are facing the cutout the hand line block will be to the right of the bracket. For pictures, please click here.
      2. For the 4kV Jumper Replacement event:
        • Are the jumpers being made up when time starts? Yes, jumpers will be made up after time starts.
        • Will the jumper be tied in with #6 or #8 copper tie wire? The jumper will be tied in with #8 bare solid copper.
        • Will the new jumpers be marked where to tie to insulator? No, they will not be marked.
        • What is considered an approved rubber jumper? A temporary mechanical jumper that must be rated for a minimum of 15kV.
        • Is the new jumper already cut to length on the ground or is there a roll of wire that needs to be cut? Jumpers will be pre-cut at a length of 100 inches.
        • Is it required to brush the wire before installing the mechanical jumper? All permanent connections shall be wire brushed.
        • What will the pre-cut length for the #8CU tie wire be for the jumper replacement? Ties will be pre-cut at a length of 40 inches.
        • Can we take the hot line clamps off with channel locks? Hot line clams shall not be damaged while removing or installing.
        • Does the primary need to be covered if we will not be within the minimum approach distance? If the climber is clearly out of the minimum approach distance, the primary does not need to be covered.
        • Does the primary have to be covered if the climbers stay below the neutral? No.
        • Can a climber on the ground run the handline as long as he has his gaff guards and gloves on? Yes - see #19 in the general rules.
        • Can the neutral be floated? No, neutrals cannot be floated in any event.
        • Can a single climber install cover on primary by himself or do both climbers need to be in the primary zone? It doesn’t matter who covers the primary as long as it’s covered when 1 or more climbers are in the minimum approach distance.
      3. For the 4kV Four Bell Change Out event:
        1. Number 7 requires covering the jumper. What would be considered adequate cover? How much of the jumper do you want covered? The jumper must be covered to adequately protect against incidental contact of uninsulated tools, equipment, or body parts.
        2. Being that the arms are fiberglass, do you have to use a fiber glass stick on top of the arms in between 2 sets of rope blocks? Fiberglass Arms are not tested as a live line tool.
        3. Does the guy or 36" guy stick have to be covered? No as long as you do not make contact with the guy wire while in contact with phase 36” guy stick is ok.
        4. Can the hoist be set up on the handline hook? (Not in a bag) Yes.
      4. For the 4kV 600 Amp Switch Replacement event:
        1. If shotgun sticks are used to install a temporary jumper will we be allowed to leave them hanging for the duration of the event? Shotgun stick may not stay connected to the temporary jumper when shotguns are not being used to install or remove temporary jumper.
        2. Do we need to wire brush primary when installing temporary jumper (mack)? Only permanent connections need to be wire brushed.
        3. Does the switch have to be sent down in a bag or just on the handling? The switch needs to be lowered and raised by the handline. It is okay to hang it on the hook of the handline or by putting it in a bag, that would be connected to the handline.
      5. For the 4kV Crossarm Change Out event:
        1. Will the nuts on crossarm change out be on the crossarm side or on the back side on the pole? The nuts on the crossarm change out will be on the back side of the pole.
        2. Can the Climbers carry preform ties up with them if they are in a glove bag? The ties must be raised and lowered with the handline.
        3. Are the bolt holes on the crossarm bracket slotted or fixed holes? Can the bolts be loosened and the crossarm lifted off, or do the bolts need to be completely removed in order to remove the crossarm? The top bolt above the arm is through a keyhole and the bottom bolt is through the lowest hole which is slotted. With that said you will be able to loosen both bolts and lift the arm off for replacement.

      An updated event description is now available online for the Journeyman 4kV Crossarm Change Out (1/9/2018).

      An updated event description is now available online for the Journeyman 4kV Jumper Replacement (2/16/2018).

      An updated event description is now available online for the Journeyman 4kV Crossarm Change Out (2/26/18).

      The Journeyman 4kV Jumper Replacement now has updated pictures online. To specifically view a picture of the top tie used during the event, click here (3.14.18).

      Updated event specs are now available online for the Journeyman 4kV Crossarm Change Out (3/14/18).

      Updated pictures have now been provided for all events (4/4/18).

      Updated pictures have now been provided for the Journeyman Hurtman Rescue (4/12/18).