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Lineworkers increase system reliability

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Welcome to Transformation Tuesday! This week we’re going to spotlight Lineworkers.

In the power industry, a line worker’s job is to maintain the distribution system. This includes repairing lines, fixing street lights, installing new facilities that serve houses or businesses within your community, and troubleshooting and fixing problems. Lineworkers are also on standby (on call) in the event of a storm or outage emergency.

Lineworkers are trained to always be prepared for the unexpected as it is a hazardous job dealing with electricity and heights. Safety is a critical part of a lineworker’s day-to-day responsibilities, and technicians must be competent and familiar with safety regulations.

Cleveland Public Power Linemen

CPP linemen Phil Dates and Joe Worthy work on connecting wires.

The job of a lineworker is a big commitment. Lineworkers will usually have about 8,000 hours of on-the-job training during their four-year apprenticeship. They also need 250 hours of academic classes, which include electric courses, and classes on the math and science behind electricity and the electric system.

A regular day for a lineworker includes performing hands-on maintenance, sometimes in very stressful and inclement situations, to make sure your community’s power is as reliable as possible.

This Post was developed in partnership with American Municipal Power, Inc.

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The APPA Lineworkers Rodeo rocks into Cleveland, OH in 3 Days!

In just 3 days Cleveland Public Power will co-host the 12th Annual Lineworkers Rodeo at Marquette Field, 1146 Marquette St. just south of the Lake Erie Shores. This day long competition will feature Public Power Lineworkers from all over the United States, and Guam exhibiting their skill and knowledge in simulated real life situations.

This free event is open to the public and will take place at Marquette Field, 1146 Marquette Avenue between St. Clair and South Marginal Road, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the skill and knowledge of our lineworkers,” said CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “The Rodeo gives our residents an opportunity to see first-hand what it takes to bring power into their homes, and it affords our guys the opportunity to participate in some good natured competition that helps improve their skills.”

“While the events look like fun they simulate real life scenarios that linemen are exposed to everyday,” said Steven Holland, co-chair of the Rodeo Committee. “The anxiety of the events being judged on time and safety while in competition with your industry peers provides an environment of learning from the best of the best.”

Cleveland Public Power lineworkers (l-r) Jeff Bremer, Jim Maly, Shemill Johnson and Davey Morales are geared up and ready to compete in the 12th Annual APPA Lineworkers Rodeo Saturday, April 14th. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

In addition to hosting the Rodeo, CPP will have one team and eight apprentices competing. The utility will raffle off a quilt at the event with all proceeds to benefit Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), a local non-profit working to empower Cleveland youth between the ages of 14-19.

This family-friendly event also features a Kids’ Zone with inflatables, face painting, coloring areas and games.

For more information on the Lineworkers Rodeo, please visit http://www.publicpower.org/rodeo/ or http://www.cpp.org/rodeo.html.

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