Distribution Maintenance Principles and Practices

  • 14 Dec 2021
  • (PST)
  • 15 Dec 2021
  • (PST)
  • 2 sessions
  • 14 Dec 2021, 9:00 AM 12:30 PM (PST)
  • 15 Dec 2021, 9:00 AM 12:30 PM (PST)
  • Online, you will receive a link and instructions


  • NCPA Members, AULDP or CL contacts
  • A reduced group registration fee of $500 per person for any organization that registers three (3) or more people. No group viewing is permitted unless all participants are registered.

    In order to register three or more together, please register one person as the primary and the rest as guests on the same registration.

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Distribution Maintenance Principles and Practices

A new Online Program for Electric Utility and Consulting Engineers/Designers

December 14 & 15, 2021

9:00 am to 12:30 pm (Pacific) each day

Participants completing this program will receive seven

(7.0) Professional Development Hours (PDH).

    NCPA, in cooperation with Collaborative Learning and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals, is offering an e-learning program that you will not want to miss! This program will be presented in two (2) “live” half-day sessions.  All sessions incorporate high-quality presentations by qualified instructors with Q&A and other opportunities for group interaction.

    You will receive print copies of the presentation materials in advance, allowing you to work with them before, during and after the online sessions. The scheduled online sessions will also be recorded and available for a period of thirty (30) days, enabling participants to work around any scheduling conflicts. 

    The registration fee for Distribution Maintenance Principles & Practices is: $550 for NCPA members with a reduced group registration fee of $500 per person for any organization that registers three (3) or more people. Each participant from a participating organization is required to be a paid registrant.  No group viewing is permitted unless all participants are registered.


    • Engineering and accounting definitions of maintenance and the purpose of maintenance 
    • Differences between corrective, preventive and predictive maintenance, and their typical applications on the distribution system  
    • Legal and regulatory requirements for distribution maintenance, including NESC requirements for inspection and correction of hazardous conditions and defects 
    • How to create and implement an effective distribution system maintenance program 
    • Overhead and underground distribution maintenance practices
    • Distribution equipment maintenance practices


    Program instructors R. John Miner, P.E., and Tom Black, P.E. have over 75 years of combined experience in the electric utility industry, including extensive experience in the design, construction, and maintenance of substations, overhead and underground lines. They are offering this new program as a cost-effective and convenient opportunity for you to become familiar with or refresh and update your knowledge of distribution maintenance principles and practices along with the requirements of both the NESC and GO-95.


    This program is applications-oriented, including high-quality presentations Q&A, group interaction, and opportunities to check what you have learned.  


    This workshop has value for those who work at all levels of distribution design and operating and should be attended by:

    • Design/operations engineers and technicians
    • Construction/maintenance crew supervisors and members
    • Consulting engineers
    • Engineering/operations managers


    This program will be presented in two (2) “live” half-day sessions.  The planned schedule for each daily session is as follows, subject to some variation based on the level of participant engagement that impacts the pace of presentation. (All times are Pacific Time).

    08:45 a.m. to 09:00 a.m.              Platform up and running for participant log-in 

    09:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.              Session

    10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.              Break

    10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.              Session

    10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.              Session Ends

    SESSION 1 – DEC. 14


    • Agenda, Key Ideas, Learning Objectives
    • Introductions and Interests
    Maintenance Overview
    • Maintenance defined
    • Corrective maintenance
    • Preventive maintenance
    • Typical approaches to maintenance
    Regulatory & Legal Aspects of Maintenance
    • NESC requirements
    • Regulatory trends and implications

    Maintenance Management

    • Maintenance policies
    • Maintenance resource management
    • Maintenance performance management
      SESSION 2  –  DEC. 15
      • Overhead Line Maintenance

        • Right-of-way maintenance
        • Overhead structure inspection & maintenance
        • Underground Line Maintenance

        • Cable failure & maintenance
        • Underground structure inspection & maintenance
        • Equipment Maintenance

        • Equipment inspections
        • Thermal scanning
        • Electrical testing
        • Oil testing

        Course Wrap-Up and Evaluation

          Register by December 8, 2021:

          Individual Cost - $550

          Group of 3 or more - $500 per person 

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