Joint Utility Training School (JUTS)
Training Today for Tomorrow
The Joint Utility Training School was established in 1976 by a consortium of Electric Utilities including Municipal Utilities, Investor Owned Utilities, Rural Electrics, and Generation/Transmission Utilities. These companies knew the importance of safety and training for all of their employees.
The first JUTS were held in Brookings, SD with the classes held in various areas of the city, wherever there was room. SDSU got on board the early years and assisted with electrical engineers and other instructors to enhance the program. Many thanks go to those that assisted and made the JUTS what it is today.
Vendors played an important role in the early JUTS as well as today. The vendors provide training with new and sophisticated equipment that is changing daily. New products, changing techniques, new tooling, and training of all products is provided by our vendors and their factory representatives. Many thanks go to them as well.
Years later, JUTS is directed by a committee comprised of five members from each of the power industry entities. The committee meets three times annually to review sessions, create new sessions, review input from the prior year evaluations completed by attendees, and then establish a program for the coming year. The committee attempts to offer a variety of classes so all employees, from the electric line tech to the office personnel, can attend.
JUTS is scheduled each year in January, and held at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, SD. New programs are published around November 1st each year, giving time for your employees to get registered. Some sessions fill up fast and registrations are on a first come first served basis.