Metering in new electric training initiative

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Eagan, MN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 22, 2009 – Metering is one of the elements in a new Electric Training Initiative being launched by the Midwest Energy Association (MEA).

In the light of growing shortages of qualified personnel the project is aimed at providing an industry consensus content system for new entrants and refresher training.

J. D. Street, manager of technical training for Vectren and chair of the MEA’s National Electric Training Initiative, explains: “We’re taking the best training pieces from great companies like Duke, ComEd, DTE Energy, Integrys, Ameren, We Energies, Vectren and more and combining them into an all new ‘Best of the Best” online and instructor-led electric training program every company and vocational school can use.”

The curriculum was outlined in early 2008 and thereafter a start was made on compiling content. To date about 30 courses have been completed – nearly half of a sound lineman curriculum – leaving a further 36 to 40 courses to complete to round out a full program.

“Meters and applications”, which is under development by the metering subject matter expert team, forms one of the foundation courses.

“Online learning is very cost effective and the instructor-led option allows instructors to really focus on critical learning elements,” said Michael Stremel, operations training manager at Midwest Energy, Inc. “With this program we can all have a very high level of training for only a fraction of the cost of doing it ourselves.”

The Electric Training Initiative offers complete course materials and enrolled companies also get full access to all the training elements – common task list, performance evaluations, written content, and graphics. The courses will run on all major learning management systems whether internet or intranet based.