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You will receive your Individualized Student Assessment Plan (ISAP) information upon arrival to this class.

Description: This course familiarizes personnel who design, inspect, maintain, repair, modify, and test lightning protection systems in the following disciplines: test equipment operation, grounding and bonding theory and practices, referenced codes and standards. Specific content includes the detrimental effects that lightning has in regard to personnel, equipment, weapons systems, and structures. A brief discussion of how lightning is generated and how it behaves is presented followed by lightning protection systems design criteria. Methods to provide a proper zone of protection (area protected from the detrimental effects from lightning) are presented to include air terminal spacing, down conductor criteria, mast and overhead wire height, and specific criteria spelled out in NFPA 780 and Air Force Instruction 32-1065. Galvanic corrosion is discussed in relation to proper bond surface preparation and connection. One day of the class is allocated to a field exercise involving visual inspection and electrical test procedures for lightning protection systems. Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency through proper utilization of test equipment and a written examination.

Length: 4.5 Days

Audience: Base Civil Engineers and technicians responsible for the design, testing, inspection (to include record keeping and review), and maintenance of lightning protection systems. Users, to include technicians responsible for specific testing of non-structural components of a lightning protection system (i.e., portable static ground cables) and overall responsibility for a facility, could also benefit from this course. Base Safety personnel, as well as those personnel responsible for site plan submission for structures housing explosives (lightning protection is an explosives safety issue), could also enhance their knowledge of the requirements for lightning protection.

Requirements: Students should bring appropriate attire for testing lightning protection systems in a field environment.

Prerequisites: None.

Security Clearance: None required.

Course Topics:

  1. LPS Regulatory Guidance
  2. Hazardous Effects of Lightning
  3. Lightning Protection Systems
  4. Zone of Protection
  5. Strike Termination Devices
  6. Lightning Conductors
  7. Bonding
  8. Grounding Systems
  9. Inspection, Testing and Recordkeeping

The IACET Standard: DAC has been approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  In obtaining this accreditation, the Defense Ammunition Center has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. The DAC awards 3.4 Continuing Education Units CEUs) on the course certificate for successful completion of this course.

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