Veco opens facility to train linemen-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
THE Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to set up a specialized school to upgrade the skills of graduates of Tesda’s electrical installation and maintenance course.
Veco and Tesda 7 officials inaugurated last week the Veco Development Academy (VDA) in Barangay Sirao, Cebu City. VDA is located in a 1.3 hectare site that houses two buildings equipped with “top-of-the-line tools and equipment” for electrical work and a mock substation for the trainees’ simulation.
Eight linemen trainees were given certificates for the completion of the course.
Veco’s vice president for engineering group and power system planning department Valentin Saludes III said the first batch of VDA graduates has already been exposed to various tools and field trainings that are essential for a lineman’s work.
Saludes said the graduates first underwent a 23-day basic training inside the academy where they were introduced to the course and did simulations.
The graduates were also exposed to trainings like rubber gloving techniques, de-energizing lines for bare wire and tree wire, pole erection, hot line maintenance, hot line tools and application, basic metering, transformer installation and substation maintenance.
They also underwent a 90-day training in the field where they visited Veco’s franchises and did an actual lineman’s work in those areas.
Veco said it invested P11.30 million for VDA’s Building 2 and another P2 million for the mock substation. The first building was completed in 2011 and has a total capacity of 30 persons while the second unit can accommodate 108.
The students availed themselves f the trainings for free, said Saludes. Tesda screened applicants.
Saludes said the graduates will be hired by Veco on a project basis but they still have the choice if they want to work for other companies or even abroad.
He said VDA will start the training of the second batch of nine Tesda electrical course graduates in the coming days.
Saludes said there is a shortage of skilled linemen today since many have gone abroad, especially to Australia where its utilities are doing expansion projects.
He said Australia offers a six-figure salary to linemen.
In the Philippines, the salary of “skilled” linemen, or those who have five years of working experience, is estimated to be from P20,000 to P30,000.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 28, 2013.