The PoleOS™ Company

ikeGPS and Marne & Associates

National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®) Rules for Joint Use Construction

1-day class

(Presented online or in-person at your organization)

Gain understanding of the NESC rules

Provides an overview of the joint use (power and communication) rules in each part of the NESC.

Specifically designed classes

This class is designed for: Engineers, Staking Technicians, Power Lineworkers, Communication Lineworkers, Safety Personnel, and Inspectors.

Learn through practical application

Curriculum focused on practical applications supported by examples, diagrams, and conversations.

Up to date information

This class conforms to the 2023 National Electrical Safety Code®.

Interested in this class?

Get in touch with our team to get pricing and additional information on bringing the National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®) Rules for Joint Use Construction training class to your organization.

About the Instructor

About the Instructor

Grant D. Glaus, P.E.

NESC and OSHA Training Instructor, at ikeGPS

Grant Glaus is a registered professional electrical engineer with an impressive 25 years of experience in Electric Utility Engineering, NESC, and OSHA training, and is now leading IKE's training programs. Grant brings vast knowledge and extensive background, including his role on the NESC Subcommittee 5 for Overhead Lines – Strengths and Loadings, and 15 years of experience supervising and managing the engineering department at Columbia Rural Electric Association. Before that, Grant worked with David Marne for ten years, providing consulting and NESC and OSHA training services.

About the class

NESC Rules for Joint Use Construction is a 1-day class focusing on the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) rules that apply to joint use construction (power and communication). This class provides a general overview of each part of the NESC and applying the Code to day-to-day work will be stressed by focusing on practical NESC examples and applications.

During this 1-day class you will learn:
  • Scope and Purpose of the Code
  • Joint Use Overhead Line Rules
  • Joint Use Underground Line Rules
  • Joint Use Work Rules
Continuing education units

This course provides 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). This class has not been registered with and State Licensing or Education Board.

Who should attend?

Attendees are not required to have prior working knowledge of the NESC. This class is designed for:

  • Engineers
  • Staking Technicians
  • Power Lineworkers
  • Communication Lineworkers
  • Safety Personnel
  • Inspectors
Class format and learning methods

This class is presented either in-person or online and includes:

  • Real time Q&A
  • Curriculum focused on practical applications supported by examples, diagrams, and conversations
  • Ample time for questions and class discussion

Class objectives

Upon successful completion of this class attendees will be able to:


Understand the organization, scope, purpose, and general application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).


Apply the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) to common situations found on overhead and underground lines with joint use (power and communication) construction.


Recognize how the Code is integrated into design and construction standards and operating practices.


Identify and take action to correct Code violations and safety hazards related to joint use construction.


Design and build facilities that comply with Code requirements.


Understand the actions needed to work safely.

Provided class materials

Attendees will receive a PDF copy of the class presentation slides. The presentation materials are copyrighted by ikeGPS with permissions from McGraw Hill LLC. Class materials are reserved for class attendees only and may not be duplicated.

Class schedule

Day 1 Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Log in and set up

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and introduction

8:45 a.m.

General Overview of NESC Joint Use Construction

  • Identifying power and communications lines and equipment
  • Common power and communication terms
  • Introduction to the NESC
  • Definitions and references
  • Ground methods

10:15 a.m.

Break (15 min)

10:30 a.m.

NESC Joint Use Overhead Clearance Rules

  • Introduction to clearances
  • Joint use overhead clearances
    • Clearance of structures
    • Clearance above ground

12:00 p.m.

Lunch (1 hr)

1:00 p.m.

NESC Joint Use Overhead Clearance Rules

  • Joint Use Overhead Clearances
    • Clearance of power to communication at attachment and at midspan

NESC Joint Use Overhead Strength Rules

  • Pole strength issues
    • Joint Use strength requirements

2:30 p.m.

Break (15 min)

2:45 p.m.

NESC Joint Use Underground Rules

  • Joint Use Underground Requirements
    • Conduit systems
    • Direct buried systems

NESC Joint Use Work Rules

  • General overview of work rules
  • Power and communication employee work rules
  • Communication employee work rules on joint use poles

Wrap Up

  • Questions

4:15 p.m.


External resources for your training

Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to bring a copy of the NESC Codebook and McGraw Hill’s NESC Handbook.

2023 National Electrical Safety Code® C2-2023

McGraw Hill’s National Electrical Safety Code® 2023 (NESC®) Handbook

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