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Electrical Power Distribution

Technical Diploma│1 Year│39 Credits│Beaver Dam Campus│Eligible for Financial Aid

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $83,194

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

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.

Due to high demand, MPTC is accepting Electrical Power Distribution admission applications for Fall 2025. Applications for Fall 2024 are now closed. Important details about EPD program and waitlist here.

Potential careers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 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

Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $83,194

Moraine Park Students Participating in 2023 EPD Rodeo in Beaver Dam

EPD student climbing electrical mast to the top.
EPD Rodeo Challenge
EPD student tying up electrical transformers.
Six EPD students in front of nine electrical masts. They're all busy working on something.
Two EPD students with helmets talking to each other.
EPD students approaching the training field with electrical masts. A USA flag is showing at a mast in the background.
EPD standing on the training field next to the electrical masts. The USA flag on a mast in the background is very visible.
EPD student climbing electrical mast to the top.

Course Requirements

Course requirements are subject to change. Visit our catalog for up-to-date information.

Course Highlights

  • Occupational Success Strategies
  • Directional Boring
  • Introduction to Electrical Substations
  • More

Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 4-5 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.

Due to high demand, MPTC is accepting Electrical Power Distribution admission applications for Fall 2025. Applications for Fall 2024 are now closed.

Important: Test scores are not required but encouraged to complete admissions for the Electrical Power Distribution program.

Acceptance into the EPD program does not guarantee you can take core classes in the term for which you were accepted. Find out more information here.

If you have any questions or need help with the process, please contact us at  admissions@morainepark.edu OR 920-924-3200, TTY/VP:Use Relay VRS.

Estimated Costs

Estimated costs below are based on the 2023-2024 school year. These fees look at the cost to complete all classes. Costs, textbooks and supplies subject to change. For more details, see Cost of Attendance.


Current tuition and fees

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*Based on new books, rental, electronic, and used options may be available.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.

Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Information for enrollment fee information.

Additional Program Costs

  • Students must purchase specialized clothing, footwear, tool belt and gear.  Approximate cost: $2,500-$4000.  You will be fitted for a tool belt and equipment during a registration event.
  • Required books and materials are an additional cost. New, used, and rental books may be an option.

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (sometimes referred to as the “sticker price”) is the maximum amount of money it costs to attend college for one year and is used to determine your financial aid offering.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for associate degree and technical diploma programs (those that are 2 semesters in length and typically with 28 credits or more). Processing can take 4-5 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received. Visit the Financial Aid page to learn more.

This program has a waitlist. To get on the waitlist for the program, you must have an accepted application, attend a field day, and meet with your advisor. Acceptance into the program for a certain year does not guarantee a spot in core classes for that year.

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. To register for the next field day, please click here or call 800-472-4554. It is required to attend a field day in order to get on the waitlist for the program.

A clean driving record is required for employment in this field.

Students will need a fed med (Federal Medical) 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.

EPD Student Voices

"It was a good mix of classroom and field training. All the teachers were knowledgeable and pleasant. I enjoyed my schooling at Moraine Park." - Brent Kroll

High school dual credit provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, without leaving their high school classroom. The courses are taught by certified high school instructors using technical college curriculum, grading policies and textbooks.

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? Applying previously earned credits to a program of study can save you both time spent in the classroom and money spent on tuition and fees.

Transferring here is easy! You can transfer in prior college work by submitting official college transcripts or get a free transcript review.

Financial Aid is provided to aid eligible associate degree and technical diploma programs with 28 credits or more. Processing can take 6-8 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received.

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