Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design

      April 27-29 & May 4-6  12-4 p.m. EDT 

Virtual Training

Unable to attend an in-person class but interested in pursuing Overhead Distribution Line Design training? Join us from April 27 to May 6 as we offer this popular course in six (6) interactive online sessions. It’s a convenient way to 'attend' the course, while still having the opportunity to interact with the instructors, your industry peers, and earn continuing education credits. 

Learning Environment

This course combines real-time presentations, small group breakout sessions, in-class examples and software demos, quizzes, live polling, practical application exercises, Q&A sessions, and group discussions.


Participate in six (6), real-time sessions from Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern on April 27, 28, 29, May 4, 5, and 6. There will be two (2), 15-minute breaks incorporated into each session. 

Course Overview

Learn how to enhance your line design processes and prepare designs that are safe, reliable, and in compliance with National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requirements. Review industry best practices, engage with your peers, and complete over twenty-five (25) practical hands-on design exercises using line design software. 

Although most electric utilities predominantly use overhead distribution lines to deliver electricity to customers, they do not always apply proven industry best practices in the design of these lines. Consistent and proper application of engineering principles and ethics leads to higher quality designs that make for a safer, more reliable system. In addition, proper design for clearances and structural strength can reduce liability exposure and support cost-effective operation and maintenance. Attendees will return to their work better prepared to help their organizations adopt design practices that comply with applicable professional engineering laws and regulations.  

Note: Some of the exercises will require the use of line design software, which you’ll receive complimentary access to for a period of thirty (30) days from the start of the course. For reference, the software is available for purchase with prices starting at $250 for a single-seat license for “Basic” website applications. 

Recommended for

Those who work at all levels of overhead distribution line design including:

o   Engineering managers

o   Design engineers 
o   Design/staking supervisors and technicians
o   Consulting engineers
o   Crew supervisors and senior lineworkers 



R. John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc., of Austin and San Antonio, Texas and has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor for the University of Houston. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with honors), and a Master of Science degree in engineering science, both from the University of Toledo.  John is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Minnesota.
Erich Schoennagel, P.E., is an accomplished engineer and manager who works with Collaborative Learning as a technical consultant and continuing education program developer and instructor. Erich began his utility career more than 40 years ago and most recently managed the Transmission Project Engineering group for a large investor-owned utility, which served the company’s needs for transmission system design, substation and telecom site improvement, and civil engineering for transmission, substation, distribution, and telecom structures. Erich has extensive experience in the application of engineering principles and NESC requirements to the design of utility structures and foundations. Erich received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

Ted Dimberio, an accomplished engineer with over 40 years of experience in electric and telecommunication line design. He is currently President and CFO of Utility Line Design and President of Line Design University. Ted has worked in all capacities of line design including field staking, construction supervision, management, and consulting. He has been an industry leader in developing engineering software for electric distribution utilities that auto-generates profile drawings and required line design calculations to verify and document engineering decisions. Ted received his civil and structural engineering education from Mesabi State Junior College and the University of Minnesota. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

This course builds on content presented in the Overhead Distribution Principles & Practices online course (March 30 – April 7). It is highly recommended that attendees take both courses.  

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Held in partnership with
Collaborative Learning, Inc.

and the

American Public Power Association

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