Partner in Line Technician Program
will provide certification for
the electrical line technician program offered by the Lake Superior
Community Partnership Foundation. The two-semester program prepares
students to install and maintain above-ground and underground electrical
systems that supply energy to residential and commercial customers.
Graduates are certified for employment with public utilities, electrical
transmission contractors and related companies.
is a nationwide shortage of qualified workers in this field, which
is creating a high demand for certified line technicians,” said
Bill Rigby (TAS, pictured). “Beginning
this fall, Northern will supervise the program and manage the curriculum.
Participating power companies will provide specialized instructional
courses are offered at the Midwest Skills Development Center (MSDC)
at Sawyer. Students are trained to construct electric transmission
systems; construct and operate electrical power distribution systems;
identify substation components; climb towers and poles; identify
methods of electrical generation; communicate technical information;
and relate electrical theory to electric power systems. They are
also Red Cross certified and receive a commercial driver’s license
prior to graduation, making them immediately eligible for employment.
students in the program are admitted to NMU, they will have access
to services, housing and financial aid. They will also be issued
laptop computers as part of tuition and fees. Students are guaranteed
interviews prior to completing the program. The starting salary
for electrical line technicians is $30,000-$35,000 with full benefits.
They are hired as apprentices, but will earn a higher salary as
they accumulate the hours required for journeyman status.
closest institutions offering a similar program are Alpena
College and Northeast
are extremely excited to enter into a partnership with Northern
for our electrical line technician
program,” said Gary Erickson, president of the LSCP Foundation and
president of UPPCO. “The mission of the foundation has always been
to promote and advance efforts in workforce and economic development
in the Upper Peninsula .
This program is a proven model that can be replicated as other employer
training needs become known.
country experienced its largest electrical blackout last August.
That was a wake-up call in terms of the need to update our infrastructure.
It became very obvious that if you’re going to have a high-tech
society, the infrastructure needs to be rebuilt. It takes a trained,
available workforce to accomplish that.”
line technician program is in its second year. Bay de Noc Community
College was the educational partner the first year, which ended
in April with 28 graduates. Enrollment this fall is expected to
be 32-36 with a waiting list.