Below are the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Apprentice event descriptions.
Event 1: Written Test
The 25-minute written test encourages knowledge of safety rules at all times when working in the field and during competitions, such as the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. Questions come from specific sections of the 16th edition of the APPA Safety Manual. A high score in this event is crucial for competitors seeking “Overall Apprentice” recognition.
Event 2: Hurtman Rescue
In this event, an individual apprentice rescues a “hurtman” mannequin that is attached to the top of a pole. Event staff will provide groundman support. This annual event reinforces the importance of safety and looking out for each other in the field.
Event #3 - Transformer Connection W/Service Drop
The apprentice will have 5 minutes to set up and ask questions. In this event, the apprentice will dead-end triplex on a simulated meter loop pole located approximately 4 feet from the ground. Apprentice will then ascend pole, pull up, sag and dead-end triplex. Apprentice will then make connections to cooper transformer legs. The service will be connected to the transformer legs using one bolt connectors. Once connections are made, apprentice will descent pole, remove gaffs, install fuse with extend stick and energize transformer. An extend and canvas bucket (grunt bag) will be provided but apprentice can use or bring his own. Rubber gloves are not required for this event.
Event 4: Mystery Event
Competitors will find out event specifications on Friday during the PM Training session and Q&A at the State Fair Grounds Motor Cross Track.