Education at The Utility Expo Focuses on Field Classrooms, Safety, Certifications



MILWAUKEE The Utility Expo has announced an education lineup that provides a mix of field classrooms, educational workshops, and free sessions talking about everything from new technologies, traffic safety, locating and more. The Utility Expo runs September 26-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

Continuing education and professional development hours are important parts of the utility industry, and learning about new technologies and equipment is a focus for The Utility Expo. The show has updated session offerings based on attendee feedback, and utility pros can learn more and register for the show and education here.

“The industry comes together at The Utility Expo to see and experience the latest overhead and underground infrastructure equipment at work,” said Show Director John Rozum. “Our education offerings at the show range from peer-to-peer demos to professional instruction. Whether you prefer to learn in the classroom or in the driver’s seat, The Utility Expo has you covered.”

New this year, The Utility Expo features a Safety Symposium, with ten sessions and two different certifications from the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).

“The education programs ATSSA will present at The Utility Expo can help participants expand their knowledge about traffic safety while on the job,” said Rozum. “This is a great opportunity for contractors to bring their crew to hear about emerging safety technologies or to become a traffic control technician and earning an ATSSA Flagger Certification, while also checking out the latest equipment on the show floor.” 

The Utility Expo will offer more than 50 education sessions, including the following that allow participants to earn professional development hours (PDHs):

  • Advanced Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD): Challenges and Good Practices for a Successful Installation,” with Sam Ariaratnam (Tuesday and Wednesday). Utility pros will walk through considerations including geological conditions, locating technologies and mapping tools to improve jobsite productivity and end the job with a successful installation. Eligible for 1.5 PDHs.
  • Electromagnetic Underground Utility Locating,” with Mike Parilac (Tuesday and Wednesday). Utility pros will walk through how electromagnetic locating instruments interpret information, letting the user better understand the accuracy of each measurement, and how to use improved knowledge of the devices to improve locating results. Eligible for 1.5 PDHs.
  • Safety Tech Trek,” with Monica Rakoczy (Tuesday and Wednesday). Utility pros will take a tour of the new and exciting innovations in the utility and construction industry that will make safety easier and more manageable on the jobsite. Eligible for 1.5 PDHs.
  • Everything You Need To Know as a New Engineer,” with Doug Houseman (Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, or all day Wednesday). Engineers focused on the utility industry will take part in a conversation about how utility equipment is used, how to think about it on the jobsite and advantages and disadvantages of different types of equipment in different situations. Eligible for up to 8 PDHs.

The Jobsite from Planet Underground also returns to host hourly, free peer-to-peer demonstrations of Predictive Analytics Software, Electromagnetic (EM) locating, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), Underground RFID Marking Devices, and GIS Mobile Applications.

The previous iteration of The Utility Expo took home several awards from Trade Show Executive’s TSE Gold 100, including the “Largest Trade Show of 2021.”

About The Utility Expo

The Utility Expo is the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations and trends. The biennial trade show, known for equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations, takes place in Louisville, Ky. The next event will be September 26-28, 2023.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

AEM is the North America-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 2.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $316 billion to the economy every year.