The Overhead Electric Line Worker certificate will train you for employment with electric utility companies. To fill their workforce needs, utilities are looking for employees who have completed technical training at the community college level to handle the increased technical challenges they face. This 36-credit certificate program prepares students to immediately enter the workforce.
This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
Some students who complete the Electrical Construction and Maintenance associate degree continue on to complete this certificate.
This program is offered by the Building Systems Technology Department.
Entrance and Course Requirements
- The program was developed in response to the demand for overhead electric line workers throughout New York State. The electric utility industry is facing a critical shortage of qualified workers, specifically line mechanics and technicians, due to a large number of workers retiring.
- The college has its own lineworker lab located in Williams Hall and makes use of training facilities operated by National Grid.
Graduates of the program have been very successful in securing positions with regional utility companies. If you have a strong aptitude for problem solving, like working outside, are not afraid of heights and are physically fit, this may be the career for you.
Career titles include: Overhead Lineworker, Line Installer, Utility Worker.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here is the median salary taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Line Installer and Repairer, $61,430.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program should be able to:
- Understand and perform a sequence of Residential Wiring assignments completed to National Electrical Code and safety standards.
- Understand and perform a sequence of conduit sizing, bending, threading, and wire pulling assignments completed to National Electric Code and safety standards.
- Understand electric power systems, transmission system voltages and construction, wye and delta distribution systems; transformers, and single phase and three phase banks.
- Understand and perform construction from an overhead position using ropes and rigging equipment. All phases of this work comply with the National Electric Code and safety standards.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Building Systems Technology Department
Williams Hall, Room 125
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223