When the lights go out, lineworkers come to the rescue
When electricity is restored during an outage, itís not magic. Itís a utility lineworker. Theyíre the energy specialists who work atop utility poles to keep electricity flowing, restoring power in emergencies, as well as installing overhead and underground power lines, transformers, and streetlights. New energy sources, rising power needs, and an aging workforce are reasons why lineworkers will be in high demand. Graduates leave ACC prepared for careers as utility lineworkers nationwide.
ACC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and certificate in Utility Lineworker Technology.
What skills can I gain and where can I work with this education?
Students in the program develop skills and a solid foundation in electrical fundamentals. Students cover topics in climbing and safety techniques, equipment operation, electricity transmission devices, and new smart grid technology.
Based on demand for applicants with lineworker-focused associate degrees, ACC partnered directly with the following utilities to create this program: Austin Energy, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the Lower Colorado River Authority, Georgetown Utility Systems, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, and the city of San Marcos. Many of these utilities offer internships for students, which can lead directly to full-time positions. Graduates of the program are qualified to be lineworkers for electric utilities nationwide and a variety of jobs in the electric utility industry.
How long will it take to get a degree or certification?
Students typically take at least two years to complete the associate degree. The certificate usually takes one year and is recommended for students with relevant work experience, previous college credit, or a related degree.
How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?
Visit ACC's future student's page for admissions information. The financial aid page has links for eligibility and applications. Also, contact the department about for information about several scholarships offered for this program.
Please note additional requirements for this program:
- Be physically fit and able to carry 60 pounds of gear
- Pass a basic English, math, and computer skills assessment
- Be comfortable with heights and be able to pass a 40-foot climbing test
- Pass a drug test and criminal background check
- Have a clean driving record and proof of insurance