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Structure Mechanics for PLDS


Structure Mechanics for Line Design

Prepare for our Power Line Design & Staking Certification series

Earn 7.0 UTS Continuing Education Units (CEUs) 

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Time & Location

December 14, 2023

Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm CST (9:30 am - 5:00 pm EST)


About this Course

Hours: 7    CEUs: .7 (PDHs: 7)                                       Certificate of Completion awarded


Who Should Attend: Appropriate for all personnel working in (or for) distribution electric utilities

Pre-requisite: Attendees should possess a basic understanding of distribution power. UTS PLDS series completion recommended.


This course aims to instruct line designers and engineering support personnel on the process of evaluating the mechanical characteristics of overhead electric utility lines in order to formulate design guidelines and provide consolidated pole, crossarm and pole top component data and tables.  Students should be prepared to perform basic and algebraic math operations, as well as, having a working knowledge of line design and electric utility operations. The course is intended as a follow up to the PLDS certification or as a stand-alone course for engineering staff tasked with providing designers with information needed to create designs consistent with the PLDS method. Seminar outline provided.


  • Principals of Structure Mechanics

  • The PLDS Process (how poles, equipment, soil conditions and construction practices affect the design and outcome)

  • Critical Buckling Axial Ratings (PCR) (how pole class, construction grade, structure orientation type and unbraced column are accounted for in the PCR equation)

  • Ultimate Resisting Moment Ratings (URM) (how wood species, pole class and pole setting depth are accounted for in the URM equation)

  • Pole Wind Moment (MP) (how NESC Loading, equipment, pole size/class and setting depth affect wind loading on the pole)

  • Pole Framing and Adders (determining standards for pole attachments and calculations based on spacing)

  • Evaluating NESC strength of pole top components

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 virtual training sessions, we will be using the Webex platform. Prior to class, students will receive an email invitation to join 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.

Course certificates will be mailed upon successful completion of the course.


Registration Deadline

Deadline for registration is November 27, 2023. 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 November 27, 2023 are entitled to a full refund of their registration fee. Registrants who cancel after November 27, 2023 will not receive a refund, but participant substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by November 27, 2023 are responsible for the full registration. 

Registration & Price

Structure Mechanics for Line Design

Dec 14, 2023 - 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 - $595/person

3 or more registrations from same utility receive additional 5% discount!


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