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Technical Training

American Municipal Power (AMP) training programs are resources designed specifically for member municipal electric systems seeking high-quality training designed to help improve employee performance, enhance safety and ultimately lead to greater system reliability and customer satisfaction.

Over the past 25 years, more than 1,000 workers from 86 member communities in six states have attended AMP’s popular lineworker training series. For in-depth information about training offerings in 2023, please see the AMP Technical Services 2023 Training Catalog.

2023 Lineworker Training

Often referred to as “climbing school,” these courses take place at AMP’s headquarters in Columbus. The program has four levels: Basic 1, Basic II, intermediate and Advanced, and involve a mix of field experience and classroom work. AMP has expanded its apprentice/lineworker training program to include two non-consecutive weeks of training per level to enhance the training experience for attendees. Each trainee must complete each level in the same year before moving on to the next training level.

Basic 1 Lineworker Training
Created for first year apprentices, this week-long class with a strong emphasis on safety provides an introduction and practice to climbing skills, as well as basic electrical theory, applied mathematics, first aid, safety, transformer basics and other introductory skills.

2023 Training Dates

  • June 17-20
  • Aug. 28-31

Basic 2 Lineworker Training 
The second class in AMP’s Lineworker series is a week-long course with a strong emphasis on safety and builds on the skills learned in Basic 1 Lineworker Training through bookwork and hands-on training.

2023 Training Dates

  • June 26-29
  • Aug. 14-17

Intermediate Lineworker Training
The third class in AMP’s Lineworker series emphasizes safety and incorporates bookwork and hands-on training to help provide additional installation skills, troubleshooting and simulated energized work.

2023 Training Dates

  • April 3-6
  • June 5-8

Advanced Lineworker Training
The final course in AMP’s Lineworker series places a strong emphasis on safety and delves further into installation skills, simulated energized work and simulated hot stick work. The course is designed to provide an advanced knowledge of trouble investigation, underground cable terminating, secondary fault locating, crew leadership, communications and automation.

2023 Training Dates

  • March 20-23
  • May 8-11

Register for apprentice/lineworker training here.

2023 Regional Training Offerings

Regional training events held throughout the year that cover a variety of relevant safety topics for municipal electric systems. Meetings are open to all AMP members regardless of location.

2023 Eastern PA Regional Training

  • May 23-26
  • Sept. 12-15

2023 Western PA Regional Training

  • April-June, TBD
  • Oct. 4-6

2023 Additional Regional Training

  • TBD

Other Course Offerings

Underground Distribution Troubleshooting
Power outage scenario involving a faulted padmount transformer. Participants will demonstrate proper isolation, voltage testing and grounding procedures to safely replace the transformer and return it to service.

2023 Training Dates

  • TBD

New Lineworker Practices
Demonstrate and discuss proper cover-up techniques, use of voltage indicators and phasing sticks, different grounding techniques on overhead construction and the proper installation of insulated jumpers/macks and load/pickup macks.

2023 Training Dates

  • TBD

Leadership Training
AMP has developed a series of leadership courses that would benefit utility personnel who are looking to move into leadership or are newly in a leadership role. Sessions will cover management style, communication, the art of listening, planning, budgeting and a variety of other topics. 

2023 Training Dates

  • Q3, TBD
  • Q4, TBD

Groundworker Training
Great for cross-training from other departments, Groundworker Training is designed for entry-level apprentices as a beginning course or for municipal employees who assist the electric line crew as groundworkers.

  • Available upon member request

Substations 101
Substations are the backbone of the electric distribution system, and this two-day course focuses on the operation, equipment, switching, inspections, fencing and security, clearances and safety in substation operations. The class is designed for the entry level substation technician, apprentice and journeyman lineworkers, and anyone directly involved in any type of substation operations.

  • Available upon member request

Additional Opportunities

APPA Lineworkers Rodeo
Visit the APPA website for more information.

  • March 31-April 1
  • Kansas City, Kansas

APPA Engineering and Operations Conference
Visit the APPA website for more information.

  • April 30-May 3
  • Pasadena, California

AMP Technical Services Conference
Designed for electric utility managers, village administrators, engineers, lineworkers and technical staff, AMP’s annual Technical Services Conference is intended to promote and contribute to the objective of operational safety and reliable system services.

  • April 11-12
  • Westerville, Ohio
  • Registration opening soon