This one-and-a-half-day class will be held on Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20 at the MECA Statewide Office.


This course provides a basic understanding of the procedures, methods, and records that are necessary to properly track and account for all components of electric plant, from the time a need for the plant is demonstrated to when it had been removed from the system and the accounting records. The class is designed for any and all employees to benefit from the working knowledge of this critically important process. 

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MECA will hold a 2-day voltage regulator training at our Statewide office in Great Falls on April 26 - 27.  This training is an overview course covering CL-7 control, voltage regulator basics and other more advanced topics, which includes a hands-on portion during the training.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Voltage regulator theory and application
  • Internal/external voltage regulator features
  • Safe regulator bypassing and other safety topics
  • Voltage regulator nameplates
  • CL-7 control settings and features
  • ProView NXG interface software basics
  • Control hands-on exercises
  • Control panel retrofitting
  • Voltage regulator receiving, handling and maintenance
  • Tap-changer maintenance and inspection
  • CL-7 control and voltage regulator schematics and troubleshooting

The course is limited to the first 40 registered participants.  

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MECA will hold two 1-day grounding trainings in two different locations in May.   On Tuesday, May 9, the training will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Billings.  On Thursday, May 11, the training will be at Ravalli Electric Cooperative.  The trainings are set to run 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

EPZ Grounding Course

This is a hands-on experiential course in voltage, current, resistance using series, parallel, and combination circuits. A look at the historical aspects of grounding helps refresh workers to electrical concepts and their application to personal protective grounding.

By utilizing a variety of presentation materials, content delivery appeals to a wider audience of diverse learning styles. This is not an attempt to bluster the learner with electrical engineering principles or bore them to death with a slide deck. PowerPoint training retention is very low; this evidence-based, interactive approach is much more effective. This course is useful for substation, transmission, and distribution workers.


·      Bonding And Grounding

·      Sources Of Energization

·      Human Body Resistance To Current Flow

·      Resistance Of Grounding Cables

·      Effects Of Current Flow Through The Human Body

·      Voltage Gradients

·      Step, Touch And Transfer Potential

·      Establishing An Equipotential Zone

·      Installation Of Cluster Bars

·      Five To Stay Alive

·      Sacred Circuit

·      Inductions

·      Worksite Grounding Vs. Working Between Grounds

·      Proper Installation, Care, And Maintenance Of Ground Cables

·      Grounding Vehicles And Equipment In The Work Area

·      Transferred Potential Rise And Substations

·      Protective Grounding Circuits And Induction Issues

·      Use Of Multiple Grounding Cables Per Phase

·      Purpose Of A Three Phase Short And Ground

·      Federal OSHA Grounding Requirements

·      Culture And Communication

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MECA will hold this supervisory course on Wednesday, May 24 at the statewide office in Great Falls. 


  • Understand your communication style and recognize the styles of your team members and boss; appreciate how differences in communication styles impact how a message is received.
  • Learn active listening skills and how to use them effectively.
  • Learn a 3-step formula to give feedback to your team members and other colleagues.
  • Understand the impact that body language and tone of voice have on interpersonal communication.
  • Describe the impact that stereotyping, personal filters, triggers and assumptions have on interpersonal communication and how to deal with these unconscious components of communication.
  • Identify the communication styles of others and adjust yours to improve communication.


  • The role of the supervisor as a communication pipeline
  • "Above the surface" versus "below the surface" components of communication
  • Impact of body language, tone of voice and word choice on your message
  • Active listening skills
  • Personality styles
  • Learning styles
  • Impact of personal filters, assumptions and values on your interpretation of what others are saying

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