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The Electrical Lineworker Technology program is a one (1) year certificate program. The program will provide students with the technical background and the manual skills necessary for careers in the installation and maintenance of electrical power, telephone, and cable television systems. Safety, pole climbing, and teamwork are emphasized throughout the program while the student learns and performs overhead and underground construction.

Students will be exposed to such curriculum topics as AC/DC electrical theory, field training, occupational safety, line construction theory, tree trimming and line clearance, rigging, transformers, basic telecommunications, and utility metering. Approximately two-thirds of the program will be devoted to strenuous hands-on skills, allowing students to develop a high degree of proficiency in the use of electrical lineworking equipment and procedures.

Students are required to have a valid driver’s license and to have successfully completed a CDL preparation course. Climbing gear and all necessary tools for the field portion of the program are also required; the climbing gear and tools range in price from $2,000 to $2,500. In addition, students are required to have lineworker safety toe boots with steel shanks; these boots range from $200 to $400.

 

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PROGRAM MISSION

The Electrical Lineworker Technology Program strives to maintain a high academic standard for teaching and learning lineworker technology through a continuous process of self-assessment and improvement. Students are exposed to a learning environment that is safe and supportive of student growth and achievement. Using modern training equipment, innovative training methods and highly trained faculty members, the ELT program endeavors to fully prepare students for a variety of line occupations.

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the Electrical Lineworker Technology program, the graduate is expected to:

  1. Practice the electrical and telecommunications skills of the profession in a conscientious, responsible, and accountable manner while recognizing the need to continue to expand their technical knowledge and skills.
  2. Safely climb poles and operate line bucket trucks and pole setting equipment when performing overhead line construction.
  3. Safety, teamwork and critical thinking use the acquired analytical skills to solve problems encountered in a residential, commercial, or industrial field situation.

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION

Students must complete 34 credits in the Electrical Lineworker Technology program and achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all core courses (*). Students must attain a final GPA of 2.0 or higher.

FIRST SEMESTER

  CREDIT HOURS
 ELW150* Lineworker Training I 11
 ETL109* Direct Current Theory 3
 MAT114 Technical Math 3
SECOND SEMESTER   CREDIT HOURS
     
 ELW160* Lineworker Training II 11
 ENG 108 Technical Writing 3
 ETL110* Alternating Current Theory 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 34
Electrical Lineworker Technology is a fast-growing field with tremendous career growth opportunities. Areas of employment for graduates are numerous, and include:

Power Companies                               Telephone Companies
Cable Television Companies                Line Construction Contractors

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Central Maine Power

 

   

On Target Utility Services

 

 

Cianbro

   

 

IBEW 104

 

 

 

 

Burns & McDonnell

 

 

 

L.E. Myers Co.

 
Safety is top priority in the lineworker program. When lineworkers start climbing poles, early in the first semester, they climb with safety harnesses that are attached to fall protection devices until they are comfortable with the procedure of pole climbing. Set up and operational use of digger and bucket trucks are emphasized with safety films and field training. Other areas of safety related topics included in this program are:
     
  • Hard hat, eye, hand, and foot protection
  • First aid/CPR, pole top and bucket rescue
  • Ladder safety and OSHA safety rules
  • Grounding procedures
  • Rubber gloving energized conductors (simulated)
  • Driving Dynamics
 

Required Gear and Tool List

BUCKINGHAM BODY BELTS (prices range from $353-$404) Choose one

20181M

BuckMobility, Full Float, 4 dee, Dri-Lex Lined, 9" cushioned back pad

20182M

BuckMobility, Full Float, 4 dee, Leather Lined, 9" cushioned back pad

20191M

Short Back BuckMobility, Full Float, 4 dee, Dri-Lex Lined

20192M

Short Back BuckMobility, Full Float, 4 dee, Leather Lined

 

BUCKINGHAM WORK POSITIONING STRAPS (prices range from $235-$353) Choose one

9M8-8

Buck Lever-Just, 8' Length, Fabric Wear Guard, Kernmantle Rope, Alloy Hardware

9A4+R-8

BuckAdjuster- Rope- 8' Length- Alloy Hardware- Fabric Wear Guard

9V08KQ9-8

BuckAdjuster- Rope, 8' Length- Fabric Wear Guard

  9-8

BuckAdjuster- Rope- 8' Length- Clear Plastic Wear Guard

 

BUCKINGHAM CLIMBER SETS (prices range from $173-$370) Choose one

SB94089A

Offset, steel, contoured shank, complete w/ bottom straps, 4.75 lbs

A94089A

BuckLite II, Offset, Aluminum complete w/ nylon bottom/ankle straps, 3.25lbs

A94089AV

BuckLite II, Offset, Aluminum complete w/ velcro  bottom/ankle straps, 3.25lbs

A94089A-BL

BuckLite II, Offset, Aluminum complete w/ nylon ankle straps, 3.25lbs (BLACK)

TB94089A

BuckLite, Offset, titanium, complete w/ bottom straps, 3.40 lbs

 

BUCKINGHAM CLIMBER PADS (prices range from $112-$145) Choose one

3118

Leather pad w/ metal insert and straps (2pr), black, 9"

31181

Leather pad w/ metal insert and straps (2pr), black, 9"- For Alloy Climbers

3202C

BigBuck Velcro wrap pad w/ metal insert and cinch ring, 9"

32021C

BigBuck Velcro wrap pad w/ metal insert and cinch ring- 9"- For Alloy Climbers

3502C

Velcro cushion wrap pad w/ metal insert and cinch ring, 4"

35021C

Velcro cushion wrap pad w/ metal insert and cinch ring, 4"- For Alloy Climbers

 

BUCKINGHAM CLIMBER ACCESSORIES (prices range from $7-$38) Choose one

6909M2

Gaff Protector - Magnetic

6909A

Gaff Protector, metal dipped

 

BUCKINGHAM NUT & BOLT BAGS (prices range from $28-$30) Choose one

4570B2

Canvas, black, 10" deep, 9" wide 

4570B2M2

Canvas, black, 10" deep, 9'' wide, with hardware storage magnet

 

BUCKINGHAM TOOL POUCHES (prices range from $60-$90) Choose one

42266-BL

5 pocket w/ 2 way knife snap, black

42666-BL

6 pocket w/ 2 way knife snap, attached knife sheath, black

42266S-BL

5 pocket w/ 2 way knife snap, black, short back

42666S-BL

6 pocket w/ 2 way knife snap, attached knife sheath, black, short back

 

BUCKINGHAM SKINNING KNIVES (prices range from $16-$27) Choose one

7086

Yellow plastic handle, 1-3/16" D x 5" L with ring, 9" OAL

7089

Red plastic handle, 1-1/16' D x 5-1/2" L with ring, 9-1/2" OAL

7091

Black rubber ergonomic handle, 1-1/4" D x 5-3/4" L with ring, 9-3/4" OAL

7091G

Hi-Vis Green rubber ergo handle, 1-1/4"D x 5-3/4" L with ring, 9-3/4" OAL

 

BUCKINGHAM TOOL BAGS (prices range from $90-$179) Choose one

45331Y

TNX, yellow, fold over rain flap, masonite bottom, 11"W x 24"L x 17"H

4471O1

TNX, orange, Large BuckPack Equipment Back Pack

4470B3

TNX, black, BuckPack Equipment Back Pack

41333O1R5S

TNX, orange, velcro rain flap, rubber bottom, 2 outside pockets, 11W x 24L x 19"H

45333B3R5S

TNX, black, velcro rain flap, rubber bottom, 2 outside pockets, 11W x 24L x 19"H

47333B3R5S

TNX, black, velcro rain flap, rubber bottom, 2 outside pkts.- Wide Mouth

47333G9R5S

TNX, green, velcro rain flap, rubber bottom, 2 outside pkts.Wide Mouth

 

HAND TOOLS All listed items required

HD2139NETH

Klien Pliers, HD w/ oversized handles and bolt-thread holding, 5/8", 9"

D507-12

Klein Adjustable Wrench, HD dipped handle, 1-5/16" capacity. 10-3/8"

D502-10

Klein Pump Pliers, 2-3/8" jaw opening, 10"

602-6

Klein Screwdriver, round shank, 3/8" tip, 13-7/16"

151T

Lowell Wrench, ratcheting, botl through design, socket openings of 3/4", 1" and 1 -1/8" square, 13"

BW223HD

Rauckman BugWrench, 9/16" & 3/4" hex capacity, 9" - HD Drive

809-36MF

Klein Hammer, 36 oz, mill faced, 14"

911-6

Klein Rule, fiberglass, outside read, 6'

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR All listed items required

33YLR

Bullard Hard Hat, full brim, yellow, with ratchet suspension, 6 pt.

ES42

Bullard Hard Hat Chin Strap

XX600

OccuNomix Hard Hat Liner, long neck, FR rated

365DLX2

Superior Lineman Glove, water repellent leather, Kevlar sewn

16GB80

Gateway Safety Glasses, clear

16GB83

Gateway Safety Glasses, smoke

2402

Handline Carrier Hook

 

Total average price $2,000-$2,500