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Utility Veteran Develops Online Trade Courses for the Industry

Sept. 2, 2020
Maximo Fuentes developed the "De-energizing & Grounding Transmission and Distribution Lines for Worker Protection" course.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, electric utilities are looking for ways to train their workforce through virtual training sessions. 

Maximo Fuentes, who started his career with Sacramento Municipal Utility District in 1984 and worked as a journeyman lineman, line foreman and Grid Assets Line Supervisor, recently launched his first virtual course, titled, "De-energizing & Grounding Transmission and Distribution Lines for Worker Protection. 

This course provides training for new, multi-craft or experienced cable splicers, electricians, line workers, engineers, supervisors, and safety managers that install, maintain, repair, troubleshoot, or workaround power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment. 

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to: 

  • Explain the hazards of electricity and their effects
  • Interpret applicable regulations
  • Understand the protocols of Clearances and Authorizations
  • Understand hazardous energy control as required by OSHA for employers and workers
  • Explain the theory and application of temporary grounding for personal protection
  • Master/Bracket Grounding
  • Equipotential Zone Grounding
  • Master/Bracket Equipotential Zone Grounding
  • Explain how to apply personal protective grounding measure when performing wire stringing operations
  • Explain what Step and Touch potential is and how to mitigate the risks 
  • Understand and explain working in aerial lifts on de-energized lines
  • Explain and understand temporary protective grounding measures for distribution underground systems

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