CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County Career & Technology Students in the morning Electrical Occupations program had a presentation on different opportunities of pole climbing.
Joe Neibauer, retired installer/repairman for Alltel and also CCCTC student aide, spoke with the students on the importance of safety before even approaching a pole.
One of the items, Neibauer said, was doing the “screwdriver test.” He explained, “You should take your screwdriver and poke into the pole, if it sinks right into the pole, then it is not safe to climb and probably rotted on the inside.”
Another safety tip, he said, was to have a voltage tester on hand and test the pole before attempting to climb due to the fact that there could be something energized.
Neibauer explained after completing the Electrical Occupations program, students could go on to apply for an apprenticeship, work for contractors, become a lineman for local 126 and more.
Jack Rumfola, CCCTC Electrical Occupations instructor, also added that the program prepares students for all of those opportunities.
Shown in photo is Neibauer (on the pole) and students Chase Anders, Tyler Baker, Scott Beers, Bryce Fleming, Kody Hockenberry, Levi Hummel, Matthew Rowles, Richard Shaffer, Wade Shire and Zachary White.