NLI lineworkers practice pole-top rescue
By Elissa Glassman
Becoming a journeyman lineman requires an incredible amount of training.
A Northern Lights Inc. lineman apprentice must successfully complete a three-year apprenticeship that includes on-the-job training, school and testing on Saturdays, and several weeks of additional training at Camp Rilea in Oregon. The Camp Rilea training includes additional classroom instruction, testing, and hands-on training.
An apprentice must maintain a high GPA and, after three years of training, pass a thorough and intensive exam in Spokane before becoming a journeyman lineman.
Every month, NLI provides our linemen with a thorough safety program that includes:
- Ongoing first aid and CPR training
- Pole-top and bucket-truck rescue
- Gas line awareness
- Electrical worker training
- Certified enclosed space and shoring excavation training
- Blasting training
- Safety awareness and highway flagger certification
- Snow and avalanche training
- Certified 24-hour first responder training for hazardous materials
- Winter preparedness