MEUW Weekly :: Jan. 18, 2022

Excavation Competent Person workshop planned in Marshfield on Feb. 8: A one-day, in-person workshop to learn the safety aspects of excavation and trenching and to understand protective systems and shoring options is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Marshfield. The session will be conducted by Tim Palet, an instructor who brings decades of knowledge and experience. Upon completion, attendees will be certified as Competent Persons according to OSHA standards. Registration details are here. The same workshop will be offered on April 21 in Chetek.

We can still squeeze you in to attend a three-phase transformer workshop: MEUW’s Randy Larson is leading a series of one-day workshops on the fundamentals of three-phase transformers in locations across the state this week and on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Full details are available here (remaining sessions are in Manitowoc, Florence, Rice Lake, and Arcadia). The schedule allows utility crews to attend a session at a site nearer them to avoid an overnight hotel stay. Each session begins at 8:15 a.m. and concludes by 2:30 p.m. The training schedule includes an extended mid-day break to allow attendees to get lunch on their own. The cost to attend is $25 per person, and pre-registration is required. To expedite sign up, simply send an email with the date, training location and registrant(s) name and title. MEUW will follow up with an invoice.

The deadline to apply for MEUW’s “Powering Futures” scholarship is Wednesday, Jan. 26. Full details are available here. Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education to become a Field Service Technician, Groundman, Lineman Apprentice, Electric Meter Technician, Substation Electrician Apprentice or Utility Technician.

Utility Accounting and Finance subject of upcoming Management Training session: The next session in MEUW’s popular and long-standing Management Training Program focuses utility accounting and finance. The one-day session will be led by Jodi Dobson, a partner in the Energy and Utilities Group at Baker Tilly.

The training (Session D in the series) takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells. Complete details about the subject matter and a biography of the instructor are available here. The Management Training Program provides education for existing managers, mid-level managers and future management prospects. Participants may start at any point in the six-session series and are recognized after completing the program.

Registration is now open for “Lineman University”: The annual seminar is returning to an in-person format and is planned for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24-25 at The Lodge at Mauston. Topics to be covered are useful for anyone who works in the field of electric power systems, construction, and maintenance.

All apprentice and journeymen lineworkers, crew leaders, foremen, groundmen, operations personnel, and related occupations with all levels of experience are encouraged to attend and network with peers. The program has been expanded to one-and-a-half days based on feedback from members who said an overnight stay supports more networking. Likewise, wrapping up before lunch on a Friday allows attendees to get a jumpstart on their weekend.

Lineman U. 2022 will include discussion on a wide variety of topics, including grounding; care, use, and testing of rubber goods; electric vehicles; renewables; and the Smart Grid, among others. Attendees will also participate in a roundtable discussion of emerging industry issues and learn about the anticipated impact of updates to interconnection rules in PSC 119.  

The complete agenda and registration details are available here. The cost for MEUW members is $250, and the registration deadline is Feb. 18. Questions about the seminar should be directed to Randy Larson at (715) 559-7542.

New positions are added to the “Jobs in Municipal Utilities” page on MEUW’s Website all the time – check out the postings here, and encourage your friends and neighbors to watch for jobs that might interest them.

Watt-Hour Workshop set for March: MEUW’s Watt-Hour Meter Workshop is returning for in-person training after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. The session is planned for March 15-17, 2022, at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. A pre-conference “refresher” workshop takes place on Monday afternoon, March 14. This valuable workshop is a must-attend event for meter technicians as industry leaders will explain new technologies and approved work practices. Other agenda highlights include verifying and identifying metering inaccuracies, and choosing the correct metering equipment. Full details are available here. Registration is now open here.