Event Profile

Lineworker Skills Series: Equipotential Grounding

March 10, 2020
DoubleTree City Center - Spokane
322 N. Spokane Falls Court
Spokane, WA 99201 


This class is currently full. If you would like to be added to a wait list, please contact Gail Patterson at 360-816-1450 or gail@nwppa.org.

Who Should Attend:

Line crew supervisors and managers, crew foremen, lineworkers, and substation workers.

Related Event:

Lineman Skills Series: Lineman Rigging, March 11, 2020

Metering for Linemen, March 12, 2020 

Course Overview:

This course is designed to help electrical workers apply and understand the importance of  critical protective bonding and grounding actions. It will cover the purpose, effects, and uses of bonding and grounding. The class offers in-depth instructions and materials complete with individual exercises and hands-on simulation exercises.

Course Topics:

  • Definitions, purposes, and goals of bonding and grounding
  • How circuits can become energized and sources of energization
  • Impact of current flow and resistance to the human body
  • Grounding cable use and resistance in single- and multi-phase applications
  • Proper installation, care, and maintenance of ground cables
  • Voltage gradients
  • Step, touch, and transfer touch potential
  • Establishing an equipotential zone
  • Installation of cluster bars
  • Five to stay alive
  • Electromagnetic and electrostatic induction
  • Substation ground grids
  • Worksite grounding, including vehicles and equipment in the work area
  • Transferred potential rise and substations
  • Protective grounding circuit
  • Federal OSHA grounding requirements
  • Examples of incidents and accidents

Course Instructor:

Brady Hansen, Written in Red

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided.

Course Location & Hotel Information:

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center
322 North Spokane Falls Court
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 455-9600

Room rate: $139 for a single/double

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than February 9, 2020, to secure this rate. Call reservations at 1-800-757-6131 and ask for the Lineman Series: Equipotential Grounding group rate, or use the following link to book online: Equipotential Grounding.

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 2/08/2020): $385
Utility Member Standard: $460

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 2/08/2020): $580
Associate Member Standard: $655

Non-member Early Bird (ends 2/08/2020): $1,155
Non-member Standard: $1,230

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted, with full refund, if request is made at least 30 days prior to the course. Within 30 days, fees are as follows: 15-29 days, $100; 1-14 days or "no show," 100 percent of registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling. NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for six continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this course, to register, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.