Farmstead Rewiring Course
From: James L. Gibson, Ph.D. Educational
I have attached the spec sheet that describes the course in some detail (see below). We
obviously have more material and if you need it, we would be pleased to share it. We are,
in fact, just now developing a brochure that should answer more of the questions and could
either be sent or emailed.
The principal contacts are Andy Ross, Madison Area Technical College Business/Contract
Training Coordinator, and I. Our recently employed communicator is Ms. Marie Peterson.
Both will receive copies of this communication and may be reached via the email addresses.
The Mike Holt organization is well known in electricity and for its work in promoting
safety and efficiency in electrical use. Thanks for sharing the word about the course
we are offering and in taking the time to follow-up.
James L. Gibson, Ph.D.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Energy and Transportation
Wisconsin Technical College System
Madison, WI 53707-7874
Phone: 608-266-2412 Fax: 608-266-1690
Effective March 25, 2004, The WTCS state office is relocated to the following address:
345 West Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Madison, WI. The mailing address remains: Wisconsin
Technical College System, PO Box 7874, Madison, WI 53707-7874.
Farmstead Rewiring Course
This document is intended to help program
managers, instructors, utility representatives and others better understand the farmstead
rewiring course and expectations regarding its delivery. It has been prepared by Dr. James
L. Gibson, Education Director, Wisconsin Technical College System. He may be reached at
608-266-2412 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
||18 hours in class (normally
taught 3 hours per session over a six week period)
|When it is to be offered.
||Colleges are expected to work
with local utilities, in coordination with the statewide program manager. Offerings
should be made when the contractors are most likely to have time (not during the
heaviest part of their season, nor that of the farmers with whom they will work).
Late fall and winter are probably the best natural times to offer the course.
Utility and electrician demand will be important to gauge.
||Electrical contractors (who
can supply a Federal Employer Tax ID number) or their employees.
||This 18-hour course is for
rural electricians (or their employees) who do farm wiring and rewiring as a part
of their existing business. The primary emphasis is on safety and efficient use
of electrical energy. The content is applicable to any farming operation but the
focus is primarily on dairy operations. The course is designed to cover the unique
challenges of working on farms and around animals, review of electrical fundamentals,
applicable state and national electrical codes, 3 and 4 wire systems, bonding
and grounding, installation of lighting and equipment, planning the work and development
of a rewiring proposal.
||413-482 (Continuing Education)
Wisconsin Dept. of Commerce Course Identification Number Is Available
||MATC-Madison is the initial
agreement and course number assignment. Contact Mr. Don Linstroth
|Continuing Education Units
||Wisconsin Dept. of Commerce
has authorized 18 hours of CEU (Continuing Education Units) toward Journey and
Master electrician continuing education certification requirements.
|Successful Program Completers
||Each college is expected to
retain and share their list of successful program completers. Students must be
notified that this is a part of the program. Lists will be shared with the utilities
upon request. Lists must contain the names of the individuals, contact information,
and the firms with whom they are associated.Standard forms registering continuing
education units by the Dept. of Commerce will be signed by the instructor and
sent by the college to the Dept. of Commerce.
- The curriculum and
supporting materials will be available on a CD that has been developed
for this course by a broad based team of engineers, electricians, regulators
and educators. This course is designed in WIDS (Worldwide Instructional
Design System) format. The CD contains both WIDS and Word documentation
for purposes of local production of instructor materials and student materials
for each course offering.
- Each college is expected
to make available a student version of the materials either in print or
electronic format from the master CD which will be maintained by WIDS
and periodically reviewed and updated by a committee of course developers
and agency representatives. The cost of the CD master and copies of materials
printed/bound must be built into the local cost structure.
- Additional references
to be used by students must be provided at their cost and will include
those listed in the Course Syllabus and their own copy of the current
(2002) National Electric Code.
- The instructor kit
is developed and must be maintained by each cooperating college. The kit
will include a copy of the CD master, printed versions of the content
of the CD, at least one multi-meter of sufficient quality for classroom
demonstration, and access to the electrical demonstration board developed
specifically for this program. The statewide manager will keep a roster
of demand and help colleges either develop their own boards or suggest
other logistical alternatives for those that have been built for the purpose.
- The kit will also
include access information to the state exam. A confidential question
bank will be maintained by Lakeshore Technical College (LTC), Cleveland,
Wisconsin in cooperation with WIDS (Worldwide Instructional Design System,
a division of the Wisconsin Technical College Foundation). Test validity
and reliability information will require cooperation from each instructor
who will provide competed raw Scantron scoring forms to the test bank,
including the forms of the test used, for this purpose. Scantron forms
are available in most colleges.
Note: We are developing
a state certification requirement specifically for this position. The following
requirements have adopted for the instructional team, including the lead instructor.
Within the team (an instructional lead, utility company representatives, electricians,
etc.) the following are required:
- Completion of the
Univ. of Wisconsin Stray Voltage Investigator Training series (3 courses-conducted
in cooperation with the Public Services Commission of Wisconsin) or an
approved adaptation of this series.
- Journey or Master
- Experience in Farmstead
wiring and rewiring.
- Teaching certification
within the colleges and system (WTCS)
- Acceptable to: utilities,
regulators, contractors, IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical
A list of qualified instructors
will be maintained by the statewide project manager. Local colleges and the
state manager will be responsible for preparation of the faculty in a manner
that is consistent with local practice. The state manager will attempt to
coordinate/communicate technical in-service work so that a pool of qualified
instructors is available to satisfy state and local demand for coursework.
The pilot test course offerings
were subsidized by the utilities. As the colleges take this over, there is
still an expectation of 'no-net-cost' to the. Colleges should charge enough
to recover the actual total costs.
The standard recommended
fee is $250 per student. Plus their own reference materials (NEC, for instance)
and equipment (multimeters, etc.).
||This course could qualify for
1 (one) Associate Degree continuing education credit, or an elective in Electrical
Apprenticeship, and may also be operated as an adult continuing education course.
|Notification and Promotion
Local promotion is the prerogative
of each college choosing to offer the course. Direct contact by the college
chosen local course coordinator (possibly instructor) with local utility representatives,
electricians and contractors should be the primary methods of advertising.
This course is targeted for electricians only. Not the general public.
Notification of intent to
offer to a statewide program manager for this project is a requirement.
|Coordination of course content.
Coordination of the course
content and development will be an on-going challenge for which we will all
be expected to cooperate. Instructors will be expected to be involved in the
course development process and make suggestions for purposes of improving
the content and delivery. Course content is not the prerogative of the instructor
This is a statewide course
with an expectation of uniform content, student outcomes and industry preparedness
to qualify for farm rewiring incentives being made available with approval
of the Public Service Commission by individual utilities. An instructor who
varies from this plan risks being removed from the list of qualified instructors
and other sanctions that might actually accrue to the system as a whole.
||Student performance, as tested
by the successfully inspected and approved farmstead rewiring job, will ultimately
dictate our system outcomes in this arena. Students are required to attend all
scheduled classes, contribute to class discussion, score at the 80% or higher
on the final examination and 21 or higher on the case study.
Even during course development,
the question repeated itself in a number of ways, but essentially, what next?
An obvious answer is repeating this course when the updates of the national
electric code and the agricultural provisions of the code are completed in
Other options which widen
the target audience to include lighting and electrical equipment installers
have been discussed within the steering committee.