Journeymen Upgrade Training

ALBAT keeps journeyman-level linemen current and up-to-date in the newest technologies by providing skills-upgrade training that constantly addresses new training needs and designs appropriate training courses. This training includes a wide variety of job related subject matter and safety issues. Supplementary and educational training is constantly being updated for the immediate and/or future needs of the individuals and contractors working under the different bargaining agreements.


Supplementary and Upgrade Training Basic Electricity and Electrical Theory (6 hours)
Covers electrical theory, series and parallel circuits, ohm’s law and trouble-shooting in the field; safety procedures and their relevance are introduced; sessions include 6-hour Certificate of Completion from the ALBAT Program.

Distribution Transformer Theory and Connections (8 hours)
Continuing education for all individuals associated with distribution systems; level of training gives a wide variety of personnel operational data and an understanding of transformer theory; study single- and three-phase connections, build transformer banks on a simulator and test voltages; also covers safety procedures of lockout and tag-out, minimum approach and transformer identification of hazardous chemicals.

URD Theory Module (8 hours)
Introductory course to build on underground theories; involves OSHA safety; covers underground residential conductors, distribution and maintenance; safety training covers OSHA standards, personal protective equipment and minimum approach, lockout, tag out, trenching and shoring safety issues; includes 8-hour Certificate of Completion from the ALBAT Program.

Cable Splicing Module I (36 hours)
First module of five hands-on cable-splicing courses; covers hand-taped splices and terminations; presents information on several types of cable splices, most with high voltage applications but many are used in all areas of electrical installation; information presented from different manufacturers of cable-splicing materials.

Cable Splicing Module II (36 hours)
Covers several methods of terminating cable, hand-taping tee splices and protective grounds; hands-on exercises include the construction of a 5kV and 15kV termination and 15kV Tee splice; materials presented from different manufacturers of cable-splicing materials. * Cable Splicing Module I is a prerequisite.

Cable Splicing Module III  (36 hours)
Covers cable insulation testing and faults locating; covers different test instruments and uses and several taping methods and rule-of-thumb dimensions during hands-on exercises. * Cable Splicing Module II is a prerequisite.

Cable Splicing Module IV (32 hours)
Covers termination and splice kits; presents information on several types of cable splices and termination used in the field; materials used are from different manufacturers of cable-splicing kits and include cold- and heat-shrink applications kits. *Cable Splicing Module I is a prerequisite.

Cable Splicing Module V (80 hours)
An intensive, hands-on course in which participants learn the skills necessary to splice and terminate lead cable; approximately 70% of the class consists of hands-on preparation and making splices and terminations; skills include safe handling of hot solder, lead safety, how to bell lead, how to wipe solder, etc.; participants also learn to seal cable ends, install pulling eyes and build pothead terminations. *Cable Splicing Module IV is a prerequisite.

Rigging Essentials (8 hours)
Designed to help participants understand how stress is applied to a structure when lifting or pulling a load using winches, block and tackle or other devices; includes the study of vectors used in determining the stress that is being applied; hands-on use of a simulator includes connecting, pulleys, scales and weights to show the effect of stress and the results when rigging is applied correctly.

Safety and OSHA Compliance Training OSHA 10- and 30-hour Construction Safety and Health Awareness Course
A basic training program for construction safety and health awareness for the construction industry; special emphasis is placed on topics specific to the electrical industry, using the 29 CFR 1910.269 as well as 29 CFR 1926 as a guide; covers OSHA inspection procedures, safety training programs, hazard communication and health hazards, personal protective equipment, fire prevention and protection, materials handling, tools, welding, electrical, fall protection, confined space entry, shoring and trenching. A certification card is issued upon completion of the training.

Fall Protection Awareness (4 hours)
Provides an overview of state-of-the-art technology for fall protection and current OSHA requirements; features demonstration of different types of fall protection equipment; covers principles of fall protection and limitations of fall arrest equipment.

Pole Top and Bucket Truck Rescue (4-6 hours)
Teaches pole-top and bucket-truck rescue training skills necessary to save another person’s life; includes classroom training and actual hands-on experience with rigging, lifting and lower skills necessary to get the victim down from elevated heights; meets OSHA requirements for rescue instruction. A certification card, good for one year, is issued after the completion for both training sessions.

Bucket Truck Training (4 hours) / Digger Truck Training (4 hours) (Altec Sentry Program)
Provides rules and practices of operation of bucket- and digger-truck operation, dealing mainly with OSHA compliance; covers machine operations, safety procedures, load charts, hand signals and transportation; fulfills OSHA requirements of compliance and qualifies competent persons under OSHA standards. Participants receive a certificate of completion from Altec.

Coyne First Aid Training (4 hours)
Prepares the participants in basic First Aid training with certification in First Aid for three years; cards are issued after the course is completed; covers the essential steps of basic First Aid procedures; places special emphasis on the need for safe work practices both at home and on the job; teaches how to render basic First Aid for wounds/bleeding, shock, fractures, burns, eye injuries, fainting and diabetic emergencies, drug overdose/poisoning, seizures, temperature related problems, insect stings/bites, snakebites and emergency transport of victims. Coyne First Aid has been officially accepted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as accredited training.

Coyne Basic Life Support Training (4 hours)
Covers the essential steps of basic CPR and AED procedures; participants are certified in CPR and AED procedures for one year; stresses need for each participant to be aware of the benefits of following a healthy lifestyle and to be able to competently perform rescue breathing, one rescuer CPR, emergency procedures for an Obstructed Airway (Heimlich maneuver and AED operations and recognize and perform First Aid for Angina Pectoris, stroke and near drowning; reinforces the need for safe work practices both at home and on the job. The training has been officially accepted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Cards are issued to the participants after the course is completed.

Equipotential Grounding (8 hours)
Introduces grounding for the protection of employees, CFR 1910.269 under the OSHA standard; trains qualified employees who work on or around energized conductors to establish an equipotential zone of safety; shows how to create a safe de-energized line and install new lines safely within the OSHA standard description; includes instruction fo testing lines before installing grounds and the order of connection and removal of the grounds with the proper procedure.

Crane Certification
Proposed OSHA rule will mandate crane certification for all crane operators
Currently holding 8 sessions a year
4 Written sessions and exams – 1 week each
4 Practical exam sessions – 1 week each

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