ECG’s PowerLine School is the culmination of years of field experience and countless hours of applied classroom training. ECG’s comprehensive training courses incorporate ‘Safety Always’ while challenging and preparing the Electrical Lineworker for advancement.

Our 3-year PowerLine Workers Apprenticeship Program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of utility employees in this field. The program is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor and has proven to be beneficial and rewarding to both the students and their employers who have taken advantage of this remarkable training program.

Academics

Three hands-on and classroom training events lasting five days each and scheduled one year apart. Also included are self-study units with timed examinations that are given throughout the program.

Students provide their own tools and personal protective equipment for the hands-on training sessions. All textbooks are provided, which include:

  • The Lineman’s & Cableman’s Handbook
  • The Guidebook for Linemen and Cablemen
  • Mastering Distribution Transformer Connections & Apps
  • National Electric Safety Code (NESC)
  • APPA Safety Manual
  • OSHA 1910.269 Regulations

Experiential

On-the-job training is supervised by a journeyman and facilitated by an assigned program coordinator from the sponsoring organization.

Who Should Attend

Any employee that will work on a PowerLine crew as an apprentice line worker with the ultimate goal of attaining journeyman level status.

Class Location

Jeff Cook Training Center (Class 63)
261 Bozeman Road
Adel, GA 31622

Newnan Training Center (Class 64)
381 Corinth Road
Newnan, GA 30263

Class Dates

Class 64
March 13-17, 2023

Class Pricing

Members: $3,000
Non Members: $9,000

Class Schedule

Classes are held from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, substitutions will be permitted up to one month prior to the first lab date of the 3-year program with written notification. No Refunds or Credits will be issued. ECG Reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any scheduled training class or to replace personnel.

Meet Your Instructors

Jon Beasley

ECG VP of Training & Safety

With over 41 years of lineman experience, Jon currently serves as the VP of Training and Safety for ECG. He has actively trained lineworkers in 3 states to more than 65 cities and over 1000 students. Jon coordinates and leads utility crews on disaster response/mutual aid for ice-storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Jon provides expert testimony on behalf of Participant cities related to accident investigations. A key player in the creation of the “Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo” and the “APPA Lineworker’s Rodeo Competition” serving as Master Judge. His team took top honors in the “1999 International Lineman’s Rodeo Competition.” APPA honored Jon with the “Kramer-Preston Personal Service Award” in 2006 for his continued work and support. He has served on the APPA E&O Committee as Section Chair and as Chair of the Safety Committee. Jon currently serves on the APPA Safety Manual Review Task Force, and MAWG (Mutual Aid Working Group) as well as previously serving on the APPA RP3 panel.

Brandon Wylie

ECG Director of Training & Safety

Having over 22 years’ experience in the powerline industry, Brandon is currently the Director of Training & Safety with ECG. He currently serves as vice chair of the Safety Committee for APPA and as a member on the RP3 Panel. He has served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the “Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo”, an “APPA Power Lineman’s Competition” Judge and Competitor as well as a Competitor in the “International Power Lineman’s Competition.” Brandon is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) and a certified instructor in numerous areas including: Georgia Dept. of Transportation Temporary Traffic Control, Aerial Lift & Pole-top Rescue, OSHA Trenching and Excavation Competent Person, Confined Space, Electrical Hazards & High-Voltage, and CPR/AED and First Aid. He is a member of the National Utility Training & Safety Education Association (NUTSEA), the Utility Safety Operations & Leadership Network (USOLN), and was selected as a “Rising Star of Public Power” by the American Public Power Association in 2011. Brandon has also served on the board of the National Association of Journeymen Linemen as Vice Chair.

Greg Phillips

ECG Assistant Director of Training & Safety

Having over 36 years experience in linework, Greg is currently the Assistant Director of Training and Safety with ECG. He has previously served as a Judge and Chief Judge for the “APPA Power Lineman’s Competition” and “Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo.” Greg is a certified instructor in numerous areas including: Georgia Dept. of Transportation, Aerial Lift & Pole-top Rescue, Emergency Response Power Restoration, OSHA Electrical Hazards & High-Voltage, First Aid/CPR and AED and FEMA Incident Command, Single Resources & Initial Action Incidents, and National Incident Management System. He is a member of the National Utility Training & Safety Education Association.

Calvin Vallee

ECG Training & Safety Specialist

Calvin brings over 35 years experience in linework, He is currently a Training and Safety Specialist with ECG. Calvin spent his entire carrier with Griffin Power with the last 10 years as Line Crew Foreman. He has worked storm trouble in 3 states, including Hurricanes Wilma, and Hugo. He was instrumental in forming the first Rodeo team for Griffin Power in 2006, and competed four years himself before becoming a coach for the team. Calvin holds his instructor certification in numerous areas including: Georgia Department of Transportation, First Aid, CPR and AED, Aerial Lift & Pole-top Rescue. He was a member of the Safety First Task Force for two years, and is currently on the GLRA Events committee. Calvin is also a member of the National Utility Training & Safety Education Association.

James Adams

ECG Training & Safety Specialist

James brings over 30 years of experience in linework, with the last 10 years as Line Crew Foreman for the City of LaGrange. He has worked storm trouble in multiple states, including Hurricanes Opal, Fran, Irene, Matthew & Irma. James holds his instructor certification in numerous areas including Georgia Department of Transportation, First Aid, CPR and AED, Aerial Lift & Pole-top Rescue. He was a member of the Safety First Task Force for two years. James is also a member of the National Utility Training & Safety Education Association.

*While ECG has made reasonable efforts to provide quality training services, it makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, or suitability with respect to any training for any particular purpose. Any reliance you place on such training for a particular purpose is therefore strictly at your own risk. All information and material presented herein are subject to copyrights owned by ECG and other individuals or entities. Any reproduction, retransmission, republication, or other use of all or part of any information found herein is prohibited unless prior written permission has been granted by ECG or the appropriate copyright owner. Copyright 2020. Electric Cities of Georgia, Inc. All rights reserved.

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