Electrical Power Distribution
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 Salary Range for Recent Graduates
- $122.20 per credit (resident)
- $183.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Meet with Admissions to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).
- Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.
Please visit the Admissions page for general information.
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.
|Placement rates in related field||88% (based on 20 responses)|
|On-time completion rate||22%|
|Median student loan debt||$0|
|Department of Labor National Job Classifications||
47-1011.03 Solar Energy Installation Managers
49-9051.00 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
|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|
|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|
|Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements||39|
A Capstone Project/Demonstration is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.
** 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.
Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.
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 (413-403) is highly recommended for this program.
All 413-xxx EPD courses listed above are restricted to EPD program students.