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    electrical power distribution


      Video: Electrical Power Distribution

      Program Number: 31-413-2
      School Year: 2019-2020
      Technical Diploma (1 year)
      Campus: Beaver Dam
      This program is eligible for financial aid

      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.

      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

      • $59,294

      Approximate Costs

      • $134.20 per credit (resident)
      • $201.30 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

      Visit the Admissions Page for details

      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


      Semester 1
      103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
      413-103Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Preparation1
      413-307Electrical Theory and Safety 13
      413-309Line Technician 15
      413-310Line Technician 25
      804-363Algebraic Applications for Electrical Trades2
      809-300Occupational Success Strategies2
      890-101**College 1012
      Semester 2
      413-311Line Technician 35
      413-312Line Technician 45
      413-317Electrical Theory and Safety 23
      413-142Introduction to Electrical Substations3
      806-375Applied Science2
      Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements39

      Institutional Requirements

      ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

      Program Guide

      For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

      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.

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

      For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.