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Northwest Lineman College, in partnership with Frank Church High School, recently awarded their first ever Be Someone Scholarship to a deserving former Frank Church High School student and graduate of Capital High School in Boise, Idaho. The scholarship winner, Arturo...

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Determining the Tension of a Line Angle

When working on power lines it is sometimes necessary to work on running corners/swing angles. One of the frequently performed tasks is the replacement of insulators as shown in the examples below. As with any task that involves rigging, it is important to know the...

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Proper Use of the Chain Hoist on the Pole

  Proper Use of the Chain Hoist on the Pole The chain hoist has been one of the most highly used tools since its introduction into the trade in the 1930s. Linemen have come up with a wide variety of productive uses for the hoist whose capacities range from...

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Grounding Capacitor Banks

Grounding Capacitor Banks Capacitors have the ability to store energy and must be shorted by grounding prior to working on them. It is an OSHA requirement to wait 5 minutes after de-energizing the capacitor bank before short- circuiting and grounding the terminals to...

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National Lineman Appreciation Day

National Lineman Appreciation Day (April 18) is a time to express our utmost appreciation to the great men and women that work so hard for us every day. It's our honor to celebrate the hard work, innovation, and dedication of Electrical Lineworkers. #thankalineman...

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“T” Connected Transformer

The Orgins of the “T” Connected Transformer The “T” connection is sometimes referred to as the “Scott Connection” as it was developed by Charles F. Scott around 1894. At the time Scott was employed by the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company and was working...

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Transformer Polarity

INTRODUCTION Transformer polarity is fundamental to grasping how transformers function and how they’re utilized. Understanding polarity is essential to properly paralleling single-phase transformers and connecting instrument transformers (current and potential) to...

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Pike Electric Announces $42,000 in NLC Scholarships

Effective Immediately: Pike Electric is offering an instant $1000 scholarship to the first 42 Electrical Lineworker Program enrollees for the April 2017 term at Northwest Lineman Center’s Florida campus. Recipients are also guaranteed a job interview with Pike...

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In April of 2014, OSHA posted the final rule for General Industry 1910.269 and Construction 1926 Subpart V. The power delivery industry was given until April of 2015 to shift over to the new regulations. There was a multitude of significant changes, and most companies...

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