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Today is Lineman Appreciation Day

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 18 is Lineman Appreciation Day. IAMU would like to say, "Thank You," to all of our hardworking electric members -- those on the lines and those behind the scenes. You go above and beyond to not only provide your own communities with safe, reliable, and affordable electricity, but you're always willing to step up to respond to Mutual Aid calls and help other communities when needed. You're the best!

Tags:  Electric  Lineman  Lineman Appreciation Day 

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2018 IAMU Plastic Pipe Fusion & OQ Workshop

Posted By Josh Trout, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mark your calendars for the IAMU Plastic Pipe Fusion & Operator Qualification Workshops.  Two sessions will be available again this year.  Both workshops will take place at the IAMU Training & Office Complex.

Workshop 1 – May 8-9, 2018

Tuesday, May 8:  8:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9:  8:00-11:00 a.m.
Registration link -

Workshop 2 – May 9-10, 2018

Wednesday, May 9:  1:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 10:  8:00-4:00 p.m.
Registration link -

This workshop is designed for gas distribution system fusion technicians and distribution operators who work for municipal utilities or contractors.  Participants will familiarize themselves in the properties of:

  • Polyethylene (PE) piping materials
  • Polyethylene fusion procedures
  • Individual and system safety practices
  • Mechanical fitting joining procedures
  • Backhoe and trencher

Training Topics & Operator Qualification Tasks:

  • O&M and Emergency Plan Review & Updates
  • Sizing of EFV’s, Meters, Regulators, & Piping
  • Customer Installation Materials, CSST, 2 PSI vs. 4 oz., etc.
  • Proper Firefighting Techniques
  • Installing Tracer Wire
  • Installing Meter Sets
  • Operating Mole Equipment

Hands-on qualifications will be available for polyethylene fusion procedures, mechanical fitting joint methods, and squeeze-off procedures.

Additional information including brochure, schedule, and registration may be accessed at the links above.

We look forward to seeing you this year.

Tags:  Gas  OQ  Plastic Pipe 

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Arc Flash & 2018 NFPA 70E Updates

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mark your calendars for the Arc Flash & 2018 NFPA 70E Updates class.  This one-day course will take place on Wednesday, May 30 at the IAMU Training & Office Complex.

This course will be taught by Dave Sullivan of Sullivan Training & Consulting, LLC.  Dave has taught electrical training courses for over 25 years covering topics such as National Electrical Code updates, grounding and bonding, power factor correction, arc flash, and the NFPA 70E.  He is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and conducts trainings throughout the Midwest.

This course will cover Arc Flash and explain the rules and changes in the new 2018 NFPA 70E Codebook.  Course highlights will include:

  • Short circuit hazards
  • Codes and standards
  • Steps to upgrade for arc flash
  • Future recommendations
  • Proper FR PPE
  • NFPA 70E 2018 Edition

Who Should Attend:

Managers, safety professionals, water/wastewater supervisors, electric utility engineers & supervisors, designers, technicians, and all field personnel who are responsible for or who make decisions concerning electrical safety and operations. The course is conducted at a practical level and is appropriate for degreed professionals, including engineers and engineering technicians, as well as skilled craft personnel, field supervisors and non-degreed high school graduates with a general knowledge of the electric system.

Need Flexible Credit Hours / PDH?  A certificate good for four (4) contact hours will be awarded.

Where and When:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
10:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.
IAMU Training Office
1735 NE 70th Avenue
Ankeny, IA  50021

Minimum 20 participants; Maximum 60 participants.

For additional information and registration, please click HERE.

Tags:  Arc Flash  Electric  NFPA 70E 

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Overhead Electric Workshop - May 16-18

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mark your calendars for this year’s IAMU Overhead Electric Transmission and Distribution Workshop.  This year’s workshop will take place May 16 – 18, 2018 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex

This classroom topics and/or hands-on activities include:

  • Anchors
  • Electrical Line Tool Basics
  • Transformers and Regulators – Testing, Maintenance, Repairs, Controls
  • Stringing
  • Pole Change-Out

Pre-workshop activities including apprentice evaluations and beginning pole climbing will occur the day before the actual workshop on Tuesday, May 15.  Apprenticeship testing and skill evaluations will be available.  Please note that the number of apprentices is limited to the first 8 that sign up.  Pre-registration is required for apprenticeship testing and evaluations.  Testing and evaluations will be available May 15 and the morning of May 16 ONLY. (For questions about testing, please contact Dan Llewellyn –, or Meredith Hibbs –

The registration deadline for this workshop is Friday, May 11.  You may mail, or fax the registration form in.  Registration is also available online.


  • IAMU Members - $410
  • Non-IAMU Members - $470
  • Beginning Pole Climbing - $165

For additional information regarding the workshop, including registration, agenda, and schedule, please refer to the brochure HERE.

Tags:  Apprenticeship  Distribution  Electric  Overhead  Pole Climbing 

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Water Distribution & Leak Detection/Line Locating Workshops - May 23-24

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mark your calendars for the IAMU Water Distribution & Leak Detection/Line Locating Workshops.  The workshops will take place May 23 - 24 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

Water Distribution Training topics will include:

  • Fire hydrant maintenance
  • Water main tapping / HydraStop
  • Water main installation / repair & fittings

Water Leak Detection / Line Locating topics will include:

  • Water leak detection
  • Line locating
  • Trenching & shoring
  •  Fittings

0.6 CEUs each day for Water Distribution.


Early Registration (on or before May 18)

  • IAMU Members - $65/day or $115 both days
  • Non-Members - $105/day or $190 both days

Late/At-the-Door Registration

  • IAMU Members - $75/day or $135 both days
  • Non-Members - $115/day or $210 both days

Registration is open.  For more information about the workshops, brochure, and online registration, click HERE.

Tags:  CEUs  Leak Detection  Line Locating  Water  Water Distribution 

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