Electrical Lineworker

Certificate Program

Program Description:

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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Mission & Outcomes

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.

Graduation Requirements

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

Career Opportunities

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

View Gainful Employment data for this career field.

Maine Employers:

  • Central Maine Power
  • On Target Utility Services
  • Cianbro
  • IBEW 104
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • L.E. Myers Co.

Safety

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 Tools

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
Safety Toe Boots (Steel or composite; 8″ cuff or taller; lineman shank, double shank or logger shank)

Total average price $2,000-$2,500

Contact

For more information, please contact Eric Willett
Phone: (207) 453-5812
Email: ewillett@kvcc.me.edu

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