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Roseau Electric Creates Apprenticeship Training Field

Tuesday, May 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shari Wormwood
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Roseau Electric Cooperative has set up their own mini training field so their apprentices can spend extra time practicing their skills. To create the field, all they needed to do was set a few poles at their facility to train their apprentices on climbing, hot stick and long stick use on both open and barrel cutouts.

They currently have three apprentice lineworkers and their training on the back yard consists mainly of using the long stick to open cutouts to lift wires for house moves and refusing lines. These experiences help them get comfortable working with the long stick even in windy conditions. Line Superintendent Milke Millner shared, "Because our guys do not have to climb as often as we used too, we also work on their climbing skills and setting up the bucket truck so they can work comfortably without putting unnecessary strain on their bodies by over reaching their work."


Roseau typically hires their apprentices directly from line school and some with contractor experience. Their lineworkers purchase their own hand tools, which provides them with the personal assurance of knowing their own tools are cared for properly. Roseau supplies their arc rated clothing and personal protective equipment, including the safety harnesses for each lineworker, which can add up to approximately $4,000 per line worker.


Mike said of the project, “We feel this very small investment of time and material in our training field will make a huge impact on our apprentice’s skills. In order for our employees to succeed and stay safe in the field, it is critical to have correct training early in their career along with the needed time to practice what they have learned in a non-energized environment.”

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