Steel Distribution Pole Educational Opportunities

SMDI launched its Steel Distribution Pole Lineman Training Workshop program in 2005. To date, more than 2,500 linemen in 20 states have participated. The program educates students, instructors and utility personnel on the benefits of steel distribution poles. These one-day workshops include classroom session and hands-on demonstrations, teaching the basics of climbing, drilling, installing and maintaining steel distribution poles.


Journeyman and Apprentice Levels - With a focus on energized distribution systems and safe work practices, this information is available in a kit that includes a DVD, USB Flash Drive, and Training Manual with illustrations and quizzes after each chapter. The material was developed in cooperation with the Steel Market Development Institute, the Institute of Safety in Powerline Construction (ISPC), and T&D PowerSkills LLC.

The seven-part instruction covers:

  • An overview of steel poles as distribution system structures
  • Joining multiple-section poles
  • Framing and setting steel poles - De-energized
  • Climbing steel poles
  • Energized line work, Part I
  • Energized line work, Part II
  • Additional considerations (basic insulation level)

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Student Level
- Training materials are currently in development.

This material is in addition to our ongoing lineman workshops that offer basic and advanced training at colleges, Cooperatives, Municipals and Investor-Owned Utilities. Read more here.

Stop by and learn more about the training materials during NRECA TechAdvantage, February 23 - 26, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. We'll be at the Expo in cooperation with Valmont Newmark (Booth #606) and T&D PowerSkills LLC (Booth 1565). 


Click here for a listing of partners involved in the Steel Utility Pole Task Group and the Steel Pole Lineman Training Program.

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If you are interested in scheduling a training workshop at your school or utility, please contact Dan Snyder or call 202.452.7100.

Hot Line Training With the Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA)

Linemen from many utilities within the Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA) in Sidney, Nebraska work with steel distribution poles in hot line training. The lineman training focuses on the benefits of working with steel utility poles, and the linemen's satisfaction with steel utility poles.




Storm Restoration Training/Working with Steel Distribution Poles at Trenton, Georgia

Linemen students at Southeastern Lineman Training Center in Trenton, Georgia work with steel distribution poles in night training. The lineman training focused on repairing utility lines to restore electric power disrupted after a storm, and is essential for lineman education. Steel distribution poles have stood up to harsh weather conditions and storms across North America.



Take a look at the Lineman Training Materials!

Read an article about Gary and the workshops!
From "Steel Pole Basic Training" (Nov 1, 2006 12:00 PM, T&D World)