Event Profile

Lineworker Skills Series: Equipotential Grounding

November 1, 2023
Centralia City Light - Borst Park Kitchen #1

Who Should Attend:

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

Course Overview:

This one-day course will help you apply and understand the importance of critical protective bonding and grounding actions. The curriculum includes an exploration of the objectives, effects, and practical applications of bonding and grounding. Through interactive and practical learning, you will gain proficiency in handling voltage, current, resistance using series, parallel, and combination circuits. Additionally, this course provides insights into the historical evolution of grounding practices and will refresh your grasp of electrical concepts and their application to personal protective grounding.

Course Topics:

  • Bonding and grounding
  • Sources of energization
  • Human body resistance to current flow
  • Resistance of grounding cables
  • Effects of current flow through the human body
  • Voltage gradients
  • Step, touch, and transfer potential
  • Establishing an equipotential zone
  • Installation of cluster bars
  • Five to Stay Alive
  • Sacred circuit
  • Inductions
  • Worksite grounding vs. working between grounds
  • Proper installation, care, and maintenance of ground cables
  • Grounding vehicles and equipment in the work area
  • Transferred potential rise and substations
  • Protective grounding circuits and induction issues
  • Use of multiple grounding cables per phase
  • Purpose of a three-phase short and ground
  • Federal OSHA grounding requirements
  • Culture and communication

Course Instructor:

Gary Zevenbergen, PE, Written in Red

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on day one; the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Course Location:

City of Centralia
Borst Park Kitchen #1
2020 Borst Avenue
Centralia, WA 98531

Suggested Hotels:

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Grand Mound Centralia
Best Western Plus Park Place Inn and Suites
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Chehalis-Centralia
McMenamins Olympic Club

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 10/1/2023): $580
Utility Member Standard: $655

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 10/1/2023): $870
Associate Member Standard: $945

Non-Member Early Bird (ends 10/1/2023): $1,160
Non-Member Standard: $1,235

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

If canceling because the attendee is showing COVID-19 symptoms any time before the event, a full refund will be issued; if leaving during the event for COVID-19 reasons, a prorated refund will be issued.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please contact registration@nwppa.org or (360) 254-0109.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 6 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

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