Recently, a crew of lineworkers from Harlan Electric successfully completed and graduated from the company’s live line and bare hand certification program. These technicians are now certified to practice live line and bare hand work. This certification program helps elevate Harlan’s capabilities and services offered to their clients.
Steve Campana, district manager at Harlan Electric identified a need for a live line certification program. With support from senior management, Campana began assembling the necessary elements and personnel to make the program a success. The key leaders are excited to see the program come to fruition after all the planning and coordination.
“This live line program really started two years ago,” stated Mike Collins, superintendent at Harlan Electric. Collins noted that the company was starting to see a shift in the industry in terms of the kind of work being offered, especially from utility companies. “We realized there was less de-energized work being offered and decided it was time to create a live line certification program.”
Having certified live line technicians places Harlan Electric in a competitive position within the market. This type of certification provides new opportunities with potential clients and their projects. As the trend to minimize de-energized energized work continues, Harlan Electric will be properly positioned as a key contractor to perform these services.
Establishing the live line program required key personnel, funding, training grounds, and participant dedication. Participants spent numerous days in a classroom and were assigned homework to complete every evening. After hundreds of hours of training and homework, participants were required to pass a series of exams, as well as hands-on practicals. The first graduating class had a 100% completion rate with every participant passing their certification requirements.
“The crew was dedicated to the long-term goals of the live line program. They put in a lot of work on themselves and the program,” noted Chris Lenahan, operations manager at Harlan Electric.
Harlan Electric recently held a graduation ceremony to properly recognize and congratulate the first graduating class. Each participant received a plaque and a custom lamp to commemorate their achievement.
With the increased industry interest in live line work, MYR Group intends to work towards incorporating a live line certification program throughout the company. MYR Group is committed to providing specialty contract services to our clients and partners, and we strive to uphold our core values through our programs, actions, and initiatives.
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