Pearl River Community College

Utility Lineman Technology

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Poplarville Campus

Brief Description of Program: The Utility Lineman Technology Program is a modular program designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment in the field of utility power transmission and distribution construction, troubleshooting, and repair.

  • The curriculum includes Pole and Bucket Rescue, Elevated Work Sites, Pole Climbing, Overhead Construction, Underground Construction, System Design and Operation, National Electric Safety Code, AC and DC Circuits, and Electric Power.
  • Electives are available in advanced levels of utility line worker technology and equipment.
  • Students may earn the following certifications: National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) in Core and Utility Lineworker, First Aid CPR, OSHA 10, Forklift, and Flagging.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students may earn a Technical Certificate or a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: PROGRAM Requirements for Admission:

  • College Admissions Application and Requirements
  • Utility Lineworker Application
  • Utility Lineman Program Orientation - Last Wednesday of July (Required)
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • CDL Class A Permit
  • Tool List

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Possible Careers in this Program: Line installers and repairers, also known as line workers, install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.

What a student can expect from a career in this field: According to the US Occupational Outlook Handbook, line installers and repairers (also known as line workers) install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics. Overall employment of line installers and repairers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be best for those with good technical and mechanical skills.

The median annual wage for electrical power-line installers and repairers was $68,010 in May 2016.

The median annual wage for telecommunications line installers and repairers was $52,590 in May 2016.

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/line-installers-and-repairers.htm

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: $62,650 per year / $30.12 per hour