Event Profile

Staking Technician Certification Program: Phase 2

December 9 — 13, 2019
Matanuska Electric Association, Inc.
163 E Industrial Way
Palmer, AK 99645-6703 


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 2 of the NWPPA Staking Program covers the following areas:

Application of the NESC

The National Electrical Safety Code establishes the rules used in the design and maintenance of power systems. The course will focus on the application of those rules that specifically apply to distribution line design, such as grounding, overhead line clearances, overload factors, strength reduction factors, ice loading, and underground line construction.

Easement Acquisition

Experienced line designers say obtaining the right-of-way easement is the toughest part of staking. A well-designed power line is of little use if it cannot be built on the land. In this section, participants will learn about:

  • Easement laws
  • Land ownership rights
  • Titles
  • Easement descriptions
  • Easement records
  • Negotiating skills used to aid in the procurement of an easement. These are people skills that enable the staking technician to obtain an easement and establish a high level of trust with the customer.

Obtaining Permits

Today, property owners are more reluctant to give right-of-way easements for overhead or underground power lines. Consequently, technicians are likely to use existing public rights of way. To do this, technicians must obtain permits from the governing agency. This module of the staking program covers the information required on a permit, methods to set up an efficient permitting process, how good personal contacts can ease the process, and how to prepare permit documents and drawings.

Line Inspection

The NESC requires that a utility inspect its facilities periodically to ensure that they are safe and adequate to distribute electricity. In this domain, the student will learn the principles of making an inspection, including:

  • The importance of a systematic method
  • Elements that should be checked
  • Different ways to perform the actual inspection

Course Instructor:

Hi-Line Engineering

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the first day; the class will run from 1-4:30 p.m. on day one, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on days two through four, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on day five. Lunch will be provided on days two, three, and four. Morning and afternoon breaks will be provided each day.

Course Location:

Matanuska Electric Association, Inc.
Member Services Conference Room
163 E. Industrial Way
Palmer, AK 99645

Suggested Hotels:

Eagle Hotel
918 S Colony Way
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 333-9000

Pioneer Motel
124 W Arctic Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 745-3425

No rooms have been blocked for this meeting. Please call the hotel or go online to get the best available guestroom rate.

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 11/08/2019): $1,490
Utility Member Standard: $1,565

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 11/08/2019): $2,235
Associate Member Standard: $2,310

Non-member Early Bird (ends 11/08/2019): $4,470
Non-member Standard: $4,545

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.

For More Information:

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

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