Electrical Power Distribution

Program Number: 31-413-2
School Year: 2020-2021
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Beaver Dam
This program is eligible for financial aid

Climb to new heights in your career with a one-year Electrical Power Distribution technical diploma at Moraine Park Technical College.

About the Program

Reach new heights in the diverse and exciting field of Electrical Power Distribution. Students in this one-year program get theoretical and hands-on training in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. Individuals must be comfortable working at varying heights during extreme weather conditions. Good eyesight, hearing and manual dexterity are required to be successful.

What You'll Learn

Students gain knowledge about the workings of electrical power systems. Preparing to work as power linemen, students demonstrate the required physical skills needed with hands-on training in the field. Graduates of the program are prepared to use both hands to perform pole work and construct various electrical distribution systems. Students learn safety standards and how they apply to work activities and operating equipment associated with electrical distribution needs.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates
Approximate Costs
Program Outcomes
Career Opportunities
Admission Process
Transfer Opportunities
Additional Information
Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
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

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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.

    Students will need a fed med qualified physical as well as a fed med card prior to beginning the program, unless students already possess a CDL upon entering the program.

    CPR/First Aid certification are required components of the program that students will receive.

    Students will obtain OSHA 30 certification thru completion of the Safety Applications for Utilities 1 course (469-347).

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

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    Semester 1
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    413-103Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Preparation1
    413-308Electrical Concepts for Utilities2
    413-309Line Technician 15
    413-310Line Technician 25
    413-318Directional Boring2
    804-363Algebraic Applications for Electrical Trades2
    890-101**College 1012
    Semester 2
    469-347***Safety Applications for Utilities 1 (January-1 week)1
    413-142Introduction to Electrical Substations3
    413-311Line Technician 35
    413-312Line Technician 45
    469-348Safety Applications for Utilities 21
    806-375Applied Science2
    809-300Occupational Success Strategies2
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements39