Event Profile

Staking Technician Certification Program - Phase 1

November 13 — 16, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage
4555 Union Square Drive
Anchorage, AK 99503 
Not available
This event has a fee


Online registration is currently closed, but spaces are still available. If you would like to attend this event, please call NWPPA at 360-254-0109, and our staff will be happy to help you.

Who Should Attend:

Staking technicians and engineers.

Course Overview:

Phase 1 of the NWPPA Staking Certificate Program is a four-day class that will cover basic surveying; overhead/pole-line structure design and layout; joint-use staking and make-ready surveys; and unique structures. The successful passing of online examinations is required to receive certification for the Three-Phase Staking Program. Phases 1,2, and 3 do not need to be taken in order.

Course Topics:

Basic surveying

Attendees will learn the basic and advanced methods of line route surveying, including:

  • Making accurate distance measurements
  • Turn and dissect line angles
  • Measuring changes in elevation
  • Conducting a complete point survey using a total station

A basic overview of GPS and its application to line design and staking is also included. To complete the study, the student will learn how to transfer both paper and electronic field data to hand drawings or computer-aided drafting programs.

Overhead/Pole-Line Structure Design and Layout

Attendees will learn to design overhead electrical distribution structures. The course is organized as a set of building blocks; each segment building upon the other. The building blocks include conductors, poles, pole-top assemblies, guys, and anchors. Attendees will be provided with tables and graphs of design values that can be immediately used in the field. Course participants will also learn basic calculations to determine maximum allowable spans; wind and ice loading; and total guy load.

Joint-Use Staking and Make-Ready Surveys

The communications industry is forever scrambling for pole rental space on distribution structures to attach telephone, CATV, and fiber-optic cables. With rights-of-way becoming harder to obtain, electrical utilities, both distribution and transmission, are combining circuits on one pole line to maximize efficiency and reduce costs. This course covers joint-use attachments and make-ready surveys. Specific topics include clearance measurements, strength requirements, construction estimates, final inspections, and the requirements of joint-use contracts.

Unique Structures

Attendees will learn to design special structures that require additional strength due to extreme wind load, long spans, and multiple circuits. This session also includes designing steel pole and unguided, wood pole structures.

Course Instructor:

Hi-Line Engineering

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the first day, and the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on all four days. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided each day.

Course Location & Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage
4555 Union Square Drive
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 729-7000

Room rate: $119 per night, includes breakfast

Please call the hotel to book your room as soon as possible, but no later than October 16, 2018, to secure this rate. Mention that you are with Northwest Public Power Association (use code NWP) when booking your reservation. Or, book online here: Staking in Anchorage 

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 10/13/2018): $1,430
Utility Member Standard: $1,505

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 10/13/2018): $2,145
Associate Member Standard: $2,220

Non-member Early Bird (ends 10/13/2018): $4,290
Non-member Standard: $4,365

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 24 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

  • Register Self

Find it on Map

Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage

For More Information:

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

No session information available at this time.

Track information is not available at this time.

Speaker information is not available at this time.