Course Duration: 2 Days

Course Format: Lecture type format with extensive interaction through example discussion.

Target Participants:
• Anyone new to the industry who wishes to learn the fundamentals of lightning protection
• Reliability engineers and other reliability personnel responsible for continuous improvement
• Power system operations and maintenance supervisors
• Power engineering personnel who wish to broaden their scope of system understanding
• Linemen interested in learning more about surge protection.

Course Highlights:
• Surge Fundamentals
• Selection of Appropriate Type of Lightning Protection
• Differences Between Arrester Types
• Ratings of Arresters and Comparison of Manufacturers
• Margin of Protection Fundamentals
• Arresters Failures
• Insulation Coordination Fundamentals
• Disposal and Life Cycle Management of Arresters
• Arresters and System Improvements Standards
• Lightning Protection Industry Trends
• Charge Transfer Rating Overview

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Jonathan Woodworth, Consulting Engineer, ArresterWorks, started his career at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from The Ohio Institute of Technology in 1972. As an Engineering Physicist at Fermi Lab, he was an integral member of the high energy particle physics team in search of the elusive quark. Wishing to return to his home state, in 1979 he joined the design engineering team at McGraw Edison (later Cooper Power Systems) in Olean, NY. Returning to school after many years in industry, Jonathan received his MBA from St. Bonaventure University in 1995. Jonathan was employed for 28 years at Cooper Power System, where he was involved in the design, development, and manufacturing of arresters. He served as Engineering Manager for 13 years. Additionally he held the position of Arrester Marketing Manager for 7 years while at Cooper. Also during this time, Jonathan was active in the IEEE and IEC standard associations serving as Chair of the Surge Protective Devices Committee of IEEE PES, Chair of the NEMA High Voltage Arrester Section, and currently Co-Convener of the IECTC37 MT4 committee responsible for IEC Arrester Standards.


• What is An Arrester
• How Does an Arrester Work
• Why Do We Need Arresters
• A Look Back at How It Was Done Before
• Where Are Arresters Applied and Why
• Lightning Masts and Shield Wires
• How is an Arrester Built
• Why Arresters Fail
• Types of Arresters
• Types of Power Systems and Why they require different arresters
• Safety Considerations and Arresters

DAY TWO• Arrester Installation Considerations
• Wildlife Protectors
• How to Select an Arrester
• Arrester Electrical Characteristics
• Arrester Mechanical Characteristics
• Field Testing of Arresters
• Lab Testing of Arresters
• How Arrester Standards Ensure a good Quality Arrester
• Insulation Coordination of Substation Fundamentals