2013 AT&S Conference
Cooperatives, lineworkers honored at NDAREC safety conference
The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) Apprenticeship, Training & Safety (AT&S) department hosted its 49th annual REC AT&S Conference, January 16-18 in Bismarck. About 300 representatives of NDAREC member cooperatives and the electric industry took part in classroom sessions, equipment evaluations and awards ceremonies during the conference. The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, is a cooperating participant in the annual conference.
Lineworker apprentices must have 8,000 hours of supervised training on poles, tower and construction; line hardware and framing; overhead conductors; tools and equipment; transformers; oil circuit reclosers, regulators and capacitors; metering and instrument transformers; rolling stock; engineering; records; safety meetings; hot-line maintenance; troubleshooting; underground; substations; lighting; and service. All apprentices are required to take and pass a series of tests throughout their coursework.
The AT&S program requires metering technicians to complete an apprenticeship requiring 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of related instructions. This is a growing field, and Beau Townsend is only the second meter technician to have graduated from the apprenticeship program in North Dakota.
At the conference awards banquet, the following honors were presented:
GRADUATING LINEWORKER APPRENTICES
• Lance Diebold, Capital Electric Cooperative
• Cameron Johnson, 3 C’s Construction (not pictured)
• Steve Rau, 3 C’s Construction (not pictured)
• Jeff Sinner, Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative
• Trent Schatz, Verendrye Electric Cooperative
• Eric Schlieve, Verendrye Electric Cooperative
• Derek Sondreal, Nodak Electric Cooperative
• Michael Steier, Roughrider Electric Cooperative
• Jonathan Tandeski, Northern Plains Electric
GRADUATING METER TECH APPRENTICES
• Beau Townsend, Capital Electric Cooperative
*Outstanding Apprentice Award – Derek Sondreal, Nodak Electric Cooperative. This award is presented to the lineworker who has completed the apprenticeship program with the highest grades on examinations combined with favorable on-the-job evaluations.
CERTIFICATE OF SAFETY ACHIEVEMENT 2012
The following cooperative have been recognized as
successful participants in the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program, RESAP.
• Burke Divide Electric Cooperative
• Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative
• Mor-Gran-Sou Cooperative
• Northern Plains Electric Cooperative
These cooperatives are recognized for having zero OSHA recordable injuries for one year, between the dates of December 1, 2011 to November 30, 2012.
• Capital Electric
• Cavalier Electric
• Central Power Electric Cooperative
• Great River Energy, North Dakota
• Mor-Gran-Sou Electric
2013 TECH TALK SPONSORSHIP
Thank you to all vendors who participated in the Tech Talk. A special thanks to Phil Misialek, Dakota Supply Group for
arranging this event.
• ABM Equipment
• Altec Industries
• American Power and Communication Group
• Bergstrom Verbarge Company
• Bismarck State College
• Border States Electric
• Bullinger Tree Service
• Burndy Electric
• Dakota Supply Group
• Dickinson Truck Equipment
• Ditch Witch of ND
• Durham Company
• Electro Tech
• Embloms Midwest Powerline
• Energy Product Sales
• Fresco Inc.
• Gaynor & Associates
• HDR Engineering
• MEI Engineering
• One Call Concepts
• Okonite Company
• Osmose Utilities Service
• Primus Marketing Group
• Pro-Tech Power Sales
• RDO/Vermeer of ND
• Stuart C. Irby Co./Sonepar
• Upper Midwest Utility Sales