Overhead training

An Overhead Linespersons installs, repairs and maintains the overhead power network that supplies electricity to customers. Typically, a linesperson performs the following tasks:

  • Maintaining power poles
  • Installing aerial equipment
  • Emergency response work
  • Responding to loss of supply call outs

Training is commonly requested to up-skill Overhead Linespersons to perform specialised work on an entity's assets including high voltage live work, glove & barrier/stick methods, polarity, safe working procedures for energised low voltage systems and street lighting system.

EsiTrain's overhead training facilities

  • Guy and intermediate high voltage towers
  • 33/11KV/LV network
  • Transformers (energised and de-energised)
  • Pole rescue training area (de-energised)
  • Low bay facilities (indoor and outdoor)
  • Sealed overhead indoor environment (de-energised)
  • Polarity training area
  • Streetlight facilities

Courses

M127  Inspection & Treatment of Poles

Skills acquired

  • Standards, codes, legislation supply authority regulations and/or enterprise requirements
  • Characteristics of wood used for structures within the electrical distribution system
  • Relationship between timber and water
  • Faults that influence the integrity of the structure
  • Affects of fungal, termite borer activity and dry rot
  • Chemical treatment principles
  • Types of Chemicals used to treat timber
  • Regulations and procedures in handling and transporting chemicals safely
  • Application procedures of chemicals to wood
  • Deterioration prevention techniques
  • Relationship between steel concrete and wood
  • Inspection procedures for deterioration

Duration

24 hrs

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M154  Line Worker Equipment

Skills acquired

  • Demonstrate application of methods of inspecting a line worker's body harness
  • Determine suitable equipment for pole climbing and inspection of ladders

Duration

8 hrs

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M155  Height Access

Skills acquired

  • Demonstrate knowledge of knots and working safely at heights
  • Demonstrate pre-climbing requirements and safe techniques for climbing poles 
  • Demonstrate accessing poles from an EWP
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aerial operations

Duration

24 hrs

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M203  Overhead Services

Skills acquired

  • Understand codes, standards and legislative requirements
  • Service point and components
  • Installation, inspection and maintenance of services 

Duration

8 hrs

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M722  Ground Based Overhead Distribution Network Assessment

Skills acquired

  • Identify and state the function of components of the overhead distribution network
  • Recognise and identify defects in overhead distribution lines, plant and equipment using ground-based inspection
  • Recognise and identify defects in LV underground-supplied service pillars and pits using external inspection
  • Rectify minor defects in LV underground-supplied service pillars
  • Explain basic principles of electrical earthing systems
  • Recognise and identify defects for simple overhead distribution network earthing configurations
  • Measure earth resistivity and interpret readings using a clamp-on earth tester
  • Test and identify defects in LFIs
  • Recognise and identify defects in signage for waterway crossings
  • Record inspection information using a pocket computer and make recommendations for maintenance or follow-up actions
  • Identify and report any serious potentially hazardous conditions observed on the distribution network
  • State the main safety precautions that apply when performing distribution network condition assessment
  • Resolve and record any discrepancies between Energex records and site conditions
  • Demonstrate familiarity with SWP77 (level 1 inspection)
  • State key minimum clearances for overhead service lines
  • Recognise and identify basic defects on overhead service lines

Duration

24 hrs

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