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Power Line Design & Staking


PLDS Level 4


Professional Development for electric utility line design personnel

Acquire essential tools necessary to advance in the utility industry

Satisfy pre-requisite and prepare for Levels 2, 3 & 4 of the Power Line Design & Staking Certification series

Earn 2.1 UTS Continuing Education Units (CEUs) 

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Time & Location

January 20 - 22, 2021

8:30 – 4:00 pm Wed-Fri (eastern standard time)

with proctored final exam through

UTS eLearning site, due Fri, 1/29


About this Course

Course 401: Power Line Design & Staking, Level 4 – 3.5 days

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Power Line Design & Staking, Levels 1, 2 and 3

Hours: 21    CEUs: 2.1(PDHs: 21)

In Level 4 of the Power Line Design series, students will be taken beyond the basics of power line design and staking and will focus on reliability and efficiency. They will discuss the aging power infrastructure and system reliability. Students will look at mechanical loading for multi-circuits, will learn about commercial load sizing and will be guided through the process of calculating loads on manufactured products. Students will review NESC and will learn when and how to apply Rule 250 C and D. Classroom discussion will include a brief look at how local requirements and/or RUS standards and bulletins incorporate (and compare to) NESC rules. They will spend time learning about system protection and balance, including proper protective equipment selection and placement. Students will also discuss storm preparation (hardening of the system) and recovery (getting the system back operational). Course handbook provided.

UTS will provide course handbook, and other miscellaneous worksheets and supplies required for this course. This course packet will be mailed to students 1 week prior to course start date. Students need to have access to their own copy of the current, 2017 National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) book. 


A UTS instructor will be assigned and available via email (and phone, by appointment), as needed, during the course access dates.

Course Process & Requirements

User/System requirements:

Desktop or Laptop

Internet - a 6mbps Internet connection (or as close to that as possible) works best.

Webcam and mic are recommended, but not required (online chat will be available).Student


Attendance: Students will be required to log in and participate during both training session days. 10-minute breaks will be given every hour and a 1-hour lunch break will be given at noon each day.


For January 20-22 virtual training sessions, we will be using the Webex platform. Between January 15-19, students will receive an email invitation to join a the training session. The email will include a link. Students will be able to join the training session through web browser or by downloading the app.


The course final exam will be taken online (not virtual) and will be available through our eLearning site the following week, with submission deadline of Friday, Jan 29. Students will receive this information during the virtual session. The final exam will require a proctor, so students will need to schedule the exam with a proctor. Proctor information will be collected during the virtual session. Final exam access codes will be sent to proctors upon completion of the virtual session.Course certificates will be mailed upon successful completion of final exam.Certification diplomas and jackets will mail from UTS approx. 4-6 weeks after course completion.


Registration Deadline

Deadline for registration is January 8, 2021. Registrations will be confirmed via email, but participants are not guaranteed space in the class until payment is received. Thank you!


Cancellations/No Shows/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before January 8, 2021 are entitled to a full refund of their registration fee. Registrants who cancel after January 8, 2021 will not receive a refund, but participant substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by January 8, 2021 are responsible for the full registration. 

Registration & Price

Power Line Design & Staking - Level 4

January 20 - 22, 2021 - Virtual



Important: When you SUBMIT this Registration Form, you will be taken to a course confirmation page. If you are not routed to this page, please contact us at: 404-890-5514, ext 105 or [email protected]


Pricing - $1,450/person


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