On October 20, 2017, team members from MacLean Power Systems Fort Mill Customer Service and York Plant attended an 8-hour training course on Line Worker Introduction at the York Technical College site in Chester, SC. The course was taught by a veteran lineman with extensive knowledge.
The first half of the day consisted of a classroom/video introduction to basic electricity, how power is produced and distributed, and an overview of a lineman’s job responsibilities. The second half of the day was geared more for teambuilding and training outside with hands-on activities.
Attendees experienced using a shot gun stick to hang a hot line clamp and/or ground wire and worked together to frame a pole with double cross arms. To end the day, several team members gave their best attempts at putting on a belt and using a buck squeeze harness and gaffs to climb a pole. Way harder than it looks!
It was a great learning experience for all to handle utility parts and learn more about how MPS products are used and installed in the field. Overall, it was a great day touching on all aspects of a lineman’s job duties and a good overview of their tools used for installation. Co-workers enjoyed getting to know each other better and building stronger relationships.
York Tech offers full certification courses for lineman training, however, this training session was set-up specifically for MacLean Power as a quick overview for employees. Based on the success of this initial session, additional sessions are being planned!