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EPT Hotline School occurs on PCC Campus

13 September 2017
EPT Hotline School occurs on PCC Campus

Several linemen from various rural electric cooperatives and municipalities around the state of Kansas are in Pratt for the annual Kansas Electric Cooperative (KEC) Hotline School hosted by Pratt Community College. The event allows linemen from across the state to receive hands-on training and refresher courses while simulating situations where they must work on electrical lines that are hot.

“People do not enjoy the power going out every time a line needs to be worked on,” said Dave Campbell, PCC EPT Instructor. “This school allows linemen to practice with equipment so they can work while leaving the lights on.”

The hotline school also provides an opportunity for linemen to network and connect with other linemen across the state. They are able to share their different views and techniques to ultimately improve in the craft.

Eric Thompson, a lineman from Prairie Land Electric Cooperative based out of Norton, Kan., has been in the profession for ten years. This is his first time attending the event.

“We have been able to learn a lot of techniques and rules from other co-ops and see how they do things,” said Thompson. “Overall we have been having a good time and learning a lot which makes for a pretty good week.”

Electrical Power Technology students at PCC have been able to observe the training and ask professionals in the field various questions about the job. It has also given them the opportunity to network with companies that regularly hire graduates from the program.

The two and a half day school began on Tuesday, Sept. 12 and concludes on Thursday, Sept. 14. It has been offered at PCC since the early 1980s.

Pratt Community College offers the EPT program on-campus and online. For more information about the Electrical Power Technology program, contact Dave Campbell at 620-450-2127 or phillipc@prattcc.edu.