Electrical Power Line Mechanic

Electrical Power Line Mechanic

Powerline worker in training
This program is fully accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
Line workers install and repair the Nation’s electric power grid and communications systems. The number of line workers is expected to grow modestly, and the job outlook for the next 10 years for power line workers looks promising. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment opportunities should be particularly good for electrical power-line installers and repairers, as many workers in this field are expected to retire.”

The 900-hour Electrical Power Line Mechanic Program provides students with the core knowledge and skills needed to become productive members of a utility construction line crew. New line workers often enter the trade as ground persons—workers that support team members doing the aerial work. With a focus on safety, students learn pole climbing, hardware identification and assembly, aerial and underground construction techniques, and more. Students also learn the skills needed to enter into the advanced apprenticeship programs often required by industry employers.

See the "How to Enroll in a Full Time Program" page for more details on enrollment.

Program Locations:
The Electrical Power Line Mechanic program is offered at the following locations:
• Warren County Career Center, Main Campus, (WCCC-MC), Lebanon
• Great Oaks/Scarlet Oaks Campus, Sharonville (GOSO)
• Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua (UVCC)

Program Start Dates:   
Electrical Power Line Mechanic - Main Campus
Sept. 9, 2019 through June 24, 2020 (Day classes 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Electrical Power Line Mechanic - Scarlet Oaks
March 30, 2020 through December 23, 2020 (Evening classes 4 to 10 p.m.)
Electrical Power Line Mechanic - Upper Valley
October 7, 2019 through July 22, 2020   (Day classes 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)  

If you have a Day Schedule, Classes meet from 10:00am-4:00pm.
If you have an Evening Schedule, Classes meet from 4:00-10:00pm

Program Fees:
  • Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
  • Tuition: $12,500, includes tool kit

Admission Requirements:

  • 18 years of age by program graduation date
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Complete the WorkKeys Assessment
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Basic Computer skills
  • Enjoy outdoor work
  • Physically able to climb
• Program Length: 900
• Theory Hours: 275
• Lab Hours: 625 

Certification/Equipment Training

• CDL Class A Truck Operation (Bucket and Digger Trucks)
• OSHA 10-hour
• CPR/First Aid
• Pole Climbing Certification
• WCCC Certificate of Program Completion 
This program is articulated with Cincinnati State for 27 college credit hours toward an Applied Technology Specialist Degree.  


  • Basic Lineworker Skills
  • Basic Electricity
  • Circuit and Voltage Identification
  • Low Voltage Test Equipment
  • Use of Secondary Fault Equipment
  • High Voltage Detectors
  • Install Overhead Service
  • Install and Tag Direct Burial Cable
  • Safety
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Specialized Tools and Equipment
  • Material Identification
  • Basic Knots and Splices
  • Pole Climbing
  • Insulating Protective Equipment
  • Digger-Derrick and Bucket Truck Operation
  • Bucket Rescue
  • Pole Top Rescue
  • CDL – Class A (“O” Restriction)

Click on the links below to see some short videos featuring lineworkers.
An Electrical Lineman installs and repairs cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution system, installs insulators, erects wooden poles, and light or heavy duty transmission towers. Cable splicer and troubleshooter are also roles performed by an electrical lineman. Electrical lineman are in particularly high demand during emergency situations when power lines are downed or damaged, by such natural disasters as tornados, hurricanes, or ice storms.
-- Dictionary of Occupational Titles 821.361-026  

For more information, call Coordinator John Sullivan at 513.933.3940.  

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