Overhead Distribution Principles and Practices

March 30, 31, April 6, 7, 2021

Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern

Virtual Training

Unable to attend an in-person class but interested in pursuing Overhead Distribution training? Join us from March 30 – April 7 as we offer this popular course in four (4) 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.

Learn about planning, design, installation, and maintenance principles and legal/regulatory requirements that drive today’s overhead distribution practices. Build your knowledge of overhead distribution system components along with basic design principles and practices.

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 four (4), real-time sessions from 12-4 p.m. Eastern on March 30-31 and April 6-7. There will be two (2), 15-minute breaks incorporated into each session. 

Course Overview

Overhead distribution continues to play an essential role for most utilities in delivering electric service to end-use customers, either directly or as the source for underground line extensions. Learn about the planning, design, installation, and maintenance principles and legal/regulatory requirements that drive today’s overhead distribution practices. Learn how to review and improve your utility’s overhead line design criteria and construction standards, make better design decisions, and enhance safety and service reliability. Build your knowledge of overhead distribution system components along with basic design principles and practices.  

This course is applications-oriented, including online lecture, interaction, and learning by doing. All sessions incorporate high-quality presentations by qualified instructors, Q&A, group interaction, examples, and hands-on exercises.

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: 

• Engineering managers
• Design engineers
• Design/staking supervisors and technicians
• Consulting engineers
• Crew supervisors and senior lineworkers 

Those who are relatively inexperienced in the industry or to overhead distribution, as well as those with experience who want to “refresh and update” their understanding of underlying principles, practices, and the components and equipment that comprise today’s overhead distribution system will benefit from participating.

Course Level

Basic/Intermediate: No prerequisites. Some advance preparation is required, including a pre-course survey and logging into the line design software platform.


The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing all four live sessions. Certificates will be emailed out by April 14. These sessions will be recorded, though certificates can only be awarded to those who participate in the live events. Click here to review requirements.

Recommended CEUs 1.6 / PDHs 14 / CPEs 16.8

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge



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.

It is highly recommended that you attend this course in conjunction with the Best Practices in Overhead Distribution Line Design online course (April 27-May 6). 

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