Moraine Park EPD students compete in Lineman's Rodeo

by admin13. May 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College students enrolled in the Electrical Power and Distribution (EPD) technical diploma program at the Beaver Dam campus recently took part in the 5th Annual College Lineman's Rodeo at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas.


The Moraine Park students joined teams from around the U.S. in the competition. The following students competed as a team as well as individuals: Mike Mathu of Luxemburg, J.J. Blosmore of Hartland, Bryan Hansen of Waunakee and Owen Vande Kolk of Brandon. As a team, they took sixth place overall in the competition and received a trophy.


Competing as individuals for scoring purposes were Katie Theys of Luxemburg, Matt Becker of Hartford and Cory Johnson of Tomah. Johnson earned second place overall in the written portion of the competition and was awarded a trophy.


The competition consisted of four events:


·         8-foot crossarm changeout on a 35-foot pole.

·         Speed-climb a 35-foot pole and place a golf ball in a bag at the top then return to the ground.

·         Install an 8-foot crossarm along with insulators on a pole at ground level.

·         Written test from The Lineman's Cableman's Handbook, 10th Edition


Each structure was designed and built to Rural Utilities Service (RUS) specifications for a 15,000 volt design.


The competition focuses on safety, climbing technique and the technique used when working at the 35-foot level. Speed only comes into play as the tiebreaker.


“The rodeo is a perfect opportunity for the students to network with other students enrolled in similar programs across the country and trade different techniques on how to perform safe work on the poles, “ said Steven Brodbeck, Moraine Park EPD instructor.


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