would it be possible for anyone to point me in the right direction for high voltage training within the uk?(north if possible) i have contacted many colleges but with no luck,wrote to hv companies, no luck.i know W T I in york has crash courses (2 weeks)but i would like to start a more in depth 2-3year course to gain a real good grounding in HV.
Any information would be very much appreciated .
[This message has been edited by james S (edited 09-21-2003).]
James, I worked for the NIE in Northern Ireland. I was engaged in the delivery of HV training and associated courses. If you are simply looking to expand your knowledge you will do no better than explore many superb sites on the internet. If it is competence accredidation you are seeking you will pay a considerable price for it. A simple HV authorization 5-day course with NIE was around £ 1500 plus vat! It is good to see someone thirst for further knowledge, but believe me, education in such specialised areas is often simply a matter of tapping into the right web sites.I have bucket loads of notes furiously taken during lectures that I have attended from time to time in an effort to keep my CPD flowing. I could have sat at home and trawled the net in comfort and still have acquired the same information.
I think Lyledunn is right. I can't imagine there is a full year of knowledge in HV only. 2-3 years in HV will probably earn you a doctoral degree
Just guessing from what little I have seen.
For example, there is a basic course how to run a power grid at the school where I've studied. The book is a 100 or so pages and the course is four weeks. Not real weeks, university weeks If you want something more specific, you need to look in the grid operators manual. The situation will be similar in the other fields like design of HV lines.
Like C-H, I would tend to agree with Lyledunn. Please also bear in mind that HV training is an on-going thing, as in once you have a certain qualification in HV work, the need to keep your knowledge of new techniques and safety requirements is a constant thing. Don't get me wrong, there are a few people here at ECN that are experienced in HV and EHV work and really enjoy it and I am most certainly not trying to put you off getting into this sort of work, I prefer it to house re-wires and so forth. Only competent persons work on MV/HV/EHV systems, this sort of work is never bodged, so you don't usually have unusual wiring practices and so forth. I'd say get into it!!.