Electrical Power Distribution

Electrical Power Distribution video

Program Number: 31-413-2
School Year: 2015-2016
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus*: Beaver Dam

Program Description

The Electrical Power Distribution program provides theoretical and hands-on training in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. Individuals must have the ability to work in a diverse work environment, the ability to work at heights and in all weather conditions, good eyesight and hearing, and manual dexterity to be successful in a career as a line mechanic. A Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is included in the program.

This technical diploma program prepares students for entry-level employment as line technician trainees for electrical utilities, telephone companies and related businesses. Graduates of the program may enter their employer’s apprentice program.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $46,328

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply safety rules to electrical power distribution work activities.
  • Construct overhead electrical distribution systems.
  • Construct underground electrical distribution systems.
  • Demonstrate the required physical skills for a line worker.
  • Integrate electrical theory fundamentals with electrical distribution needs.
  • Operate equipment associated with electrical power distribution.
  • Utilize both hands to perform pole work.
  • Work within a diverse team setting.
  • Construct overhead electrical transmission system.
  • Construct single and three-phase service voltages.

Career Opportunities

  • Apprentice Line Worker
  • Apprentice High-Voltage Line Technician
  • Apprentice Substation Maintenance Mechanic
  • Apprentice Electrician
  • URD Installer
  • Line Construction Worker
  • Electrical Meter Reader
  • Pole Inspection Worker
  • Line Clearance Technician

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

Gainful Employment

The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

Gainful Employment Data

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
413-103 Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Preparation 1
413-307 Electrical Theory and Safety 1 3
413-309 Line Technician 1 5
413-310 Line Technician 2 5
804-363 Algebraic Applications for Electrical Trades 2
809-300 Occupational Success Strategies 2
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 21
Term 2
413-311 Line Technician 3 5
413-312 Line Technician 4 5
413-317 Electrical Theory and Safety 2 3
413-142 Introduction to Electrical Substation 3
806-375 Applied Science 2
Total 18
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 39

Exit Assessment

A Capstone Project/Demonstration is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

Additional Program Requirements

Students will need a physical prior to beginning this program.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

Students must purchase a tool kit for this program (approximately $1,500). A field experience day is held in fall and/or spring to give applicants an opportunity to learn about careers, job opportunities and endurance expectations and to experience pole climbing. A clean driving record is required for employment in this field.

A Commercial Driver's License Skill test is highly recommended for this program.

All 413-xxx EPD courses listed above are restricted to EPD program students.

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