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Mini-Course: Introduction to the NESC (National Electric Safety Code)

  • Thu, October 14, 2021
  • 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • Sat, October 14, 2023
  • 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • Online, you will receive an email link upon paid registration.


  • To register, please list one person as the primary registrant, and the remaining two or more people as guests. This will activate the discount for all individuals. All must be paid with this registration.

    Each guest will receive the links and the ability to individually watch the recordings for a period of 30 days after the course.
  • This registration will give you access to the recordings for 30 days after the event, in case you need to miss part of, or would like to review the course.

    If there are 3 or more of you, please use the group registration.
  • Your course has been paid for. Register with the code that was provided, and your spot is reserved.


Introduction to the National

Electrical Safety Code


Thursday, October 14 • 12:00-3:30 PM EDT

General Requirements

for Overhead Distribution Lines

The 2017 edition of the NESC is the national standard for safety in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of overhead electric supply and communication lines. NESC rules are established on the fundamental principles used for the safety of utility facilities and the NESC is globally recognized as good engineering practice. Utilities and authorized contractors performing design, construction, operation, or maintenance tasks are responsible for meeting the applicable requirements of the NESC.  Even if compliance with the NESC is not legally enforced, employees of utilities and their contractors have a moral responsibility to design, construct, operate and maintain electric and communication systems in a safe manner. When incidents involving utility systems cause death, injury, and property damage, litigation is often based on claims of non-compliance with the NESC. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to become more familiar with the NESC and its application to overhead distribution lines!


•  Up-to-date information
•  Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
•  Practical examples of NESC best practices and violations 
•  Actionable recommendations to improve your use of and
     compliance with the NESC


This course is offered in three (3) parts of approximately 60 minutes each with 15-minute breaks between each part for a total duration of 3-1/2 hours and 3.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

•  Purpose, scope, and history
•  Organization and contents
•  Application principles 
•  Legal and regulatory status
•  Compliance: Risks of non-compliance and risk management

  General requirements for overhead lines

•  Accessibility, inspection, and testing
•  Grounding of structures and attachments
•  Protection of structures from climbing and physical damage
•  Vegetation management


R. John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over forty-five years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is nationally known and respected for his subject area knowledge of utility enterprises and his skills as a consultant and facilitator.  John is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin, Texas, a firm that presents management and technical education programs and, through Collaboration Unlimited, provides management consulting services to the electric utility industry.  John’s technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. John has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department, as General Manager of the Rochester, Minnesota Public Utilities, and as Senior Engineer/Project Manager for the Toledo Edison Company. His academic experience includes an appointment as Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of Houston’s College of Technology. Mr. Miner 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.

Tom Black, P.E.
 is an independent consultant and course instructor in the electric and gas utility industry.
  His experience includes both municipal (Colorado Springs and City of Fountain, CO) and Investor owned (Progress Energy) utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. His range of experience in the utility industry covers 30 years and includes planning and engineering, standards, Construction and Maintenance Manager, Energy Delivery General Manager and Chief Energy Officer responsible for all aspects of energy supply, electric transmission and distribution and gas distribution. 
Tom has significant utility experience in the development of tracking and reporting electric and gas system performance metrics. Results were used in the development of targeted maintenance and replacement programs intended to improve system performance and manage overall costs. As the Energy Delivery General Manager, Mr. Black was responsible for the development of Colorado Springs Utilities first NERC compliance program. Tom has served on the boards of RMEL and the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities CAMU and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis with honors and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Arizona. 


In case you miss any part of the course, or want to review it, your registration includes full access to the course recordings for 30 days.

Individual cost – $295.00

Organizations registering 3 or more individuals, per person – $245.00 

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