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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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What is a Transformer?

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Welcome to Transformation Tuesday!

Each Tuesday join us as we give you a little more insight into the electric utility world. Topics will range from explaining terminology to introducing you to some of our valued customers. Have a question about Cleveland Public Power, pose it and maybe you’ll see it in this space. All we ask is that you keep it clean and respectful.

So today we’re going to talk transformers and in our business they are very important!

A transformer is a piece of equipment that converts electricity from one voltage to another voltage. This conversion could be to a higher voltage for more economical transmission of power over long distances or to a lower voltage for use by consumers.

Transformers are usually either mounted on a pole or a pad.

Pad mount transformers are located on the ground – on a concrete slab locked inside a steel cabinet. These transformers are designed to meet the power needs of households and neighborhoods using underground distribution lines. Homeowners should not plant anything in front of the transformer, and children should never play on or around the steel box.

A pole mount transformer is attached to a utility pole. Usually it is located at the level of overhead cables. These distribution transformers are used to decrease the voltage level from power grids into power lines overhead for use by household consumers.

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Pole mount transformers.

There you have it, transformers make it possible for CPP to bring power into your communities and most importantly into your homes. For more information on us click here.

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