Utility Lineman Technology

Program at a Glance

The Utility Lineworker 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.

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

What can I expect from a career as a Utility Lineworker?

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. Employment of line installers and repairers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022 nationally. Job opportunities should be best for those with good technical and mechanical skills. Those looking to become electric power-line installers should have the best job prospects. In May 2012, the median annual wage for electrical power-line installers and repairers was $63,250. The median annual wage for telecommunications line installers and repairers was $51,410 in May 2012. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/line-installers-and-repairers.htm

The need for skilled electrical utility workers in South Mississippi is also expanding. Department of Labor statistics project over the next 5-10 years, this industry stands to lose more than half of its workforce from retiring workers. The average local pay on a line crew ranges from $12-$30 per hour depending on job responsibilities, personal abilities, and experience.

For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/