Electric Lineworker

Students in the WCCC Electric Lineworker program will learn to climb and work on wooden poles at industry working heights using full wood pole fall restraint systems. Students will have basic training in the operation of bucket and digger-derricks. Students will also learn to splice, repair and install underground systems using boring machines, backhoes and trenchers. Assessments are provided by representatives from the many divisions of the electric industry.

Electrical Lineworker Bucket

Students learn basic skills in electricity, line work installation, repair, cable splicing, and system testing, as well as transformer connections, underground electric installation and effective operation of digger derricks. Electric lineworkers install and repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. They locate line trouble, climb poles, use hot line tools, and operate and maintain substations. This program prepares students to work for power line construction and utility companies.

All students are required to obtain a Red Cross First Aid card and a CPR card before a certificate is issued.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply principles of grammar and vocabulary in the documentation required to perform the duties of a ground man or lineman in the electrical distribution industry. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Apply mathematical concepts to perform electrical formula calculations used for finding voltages, amperes, resistance, and power. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Evaluate a situation, and determine which Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) applies to perform the job in a safe and timely manner. (Applied Learning)
  4. Describe the scope and application of principle features of an electric line worker, including core practices required by the electrical distribution industry. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with Standard Operating Procedures regarding climbing structures, replacing associated equipment, pole setting procedures, and soil recognition for underground applications. Perform all required safety procedures. (Specialized Knowledge)
  6. Evaluate company policies, ethical standards and perform in a manner that is consistent to Federal and State laws. (Specialized Knowledge) 

Program Strengths and Student Outcome Data

  • Assessments provided by representatives from the electric industry
  • Operates in both an indoor and outdoor hands-on electric training facility
  • Covers all areas of training needed by an individual who wishes to become an apprentice electric lineman
  • For the past two years the Electric Lineworker Program has had a 90% graduation rate.

Emphasis/Degree Options


Electric Lineworker Tech Certificate Program Sheet

»Associate of Applied Science

Electric Lineworker AAS Program Sheet


Career Pathways

Career pathway programs prepare students for employment in industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and beyond. Learn more about career pathways.

Career Pathways Certificate Length of Program
Electric Lineworker 2 semesters (38 credits)

Gainful Employment

Electric Lineworker - 46.0303

Career Options

Electric Line mechanic
Electric Lineworker
Power Lineman