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Utility Lineworker Technology

Scooba campus Certificate program

​Utility Lineworker Technology is a one-semester program that teaches theory and principles of basic linework, such as climbing, first aid, CPR, forklift operation (leading to certification), truck driving (leading to Class A CDL), basic tool, material, pole framing, and RUS specification. It also provides instruction in fundamentals of electricity, AD/DC circuits, and mathematics. After program completion, students will be prepared for entry-level linework with electrical and construction companies.


Admission to program:


Admission to ULT is limited to 15 students; therefore, entry is highly competitive and based on specific criteria.

  • The minimum academic preparation is a high school diploma or GED, but preference will be given to applicants holding an associate degree or higher.
  • This program requires an ACT score of 15 or a particular score on the COMPASS test for program entrance. Please see the program advisor or a counselor for additional information regarding testing times, locations and minimum scores.
  • Applicants must pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and drug screening for admission to ULT; these screening results must be sent to the program instructor. Finally, applicants must hold a valid driver’s license from their state of residence.

To secure placement in the lineworker program, prospective students are encouraged to take the COMPASS test or ACT as soon as possible to determine score eligibility. If entry-level requirements are not met, applicants may re-test before class begins.






Career opportunities:


Graduates will be prepared for entry-level linework with electrical and construction companies. will be prepared for entry-level linework with electrical and construction companies.



Certifications after
program completion:

  • Certified CPR and First Aid

  • Forklift Operator Certification

  • OSHA 10-hour Certification

  •  Class A Commercial Drivers’ License

  • Pole Climbing Certification

Sample courses:


AC and DC Circuits for Lineworkers: Principles and theories associated with AC and DC circuits used in the line worker trade. Includes the study of electrical circuits, laws and formulas, and the use of test equipment to analyze AC and DC circuits 


Pole Climbing: Designed to provide a line worker with fundamental skills needed to perform basic pole climbing.


Basic Technical Math: Instruction in mathematical concepts found in occupational and apprenticeship programs. It includes applied arithmetic, elementary algebra and geometry.



Job Placement: 85%-95%


Salaries: Average, $15 per hour


Graduation rate: 90%







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