Utility Lineman Technology

About the Program

The Utility Lineman Technology Program is a modular program designed to prepare workers for electrical power transmission and distribution industry. Students can pursue a two year associate in applied science degree or a certificate of proficiency.

Career Opportunities in the Field

The need for skilled electrical utility workers in South Mississippi and the United States is expanding. Department of Labor statistics project over the next 5-10 years, this industry stands to lose more than half of its workforce from workers retiring. The average pay on a line crew ranges from $12-$30 per hour depending on job responsibilities, personal abilities, and experience.

Utility Board Members:

  • Chain Electric
  • Coast Electric Power Association
  • Electric Power Association of Mississippi
  • Mississippi Power
  • OSHA
  • South Mississippi Electric Power Association

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Safety for Line Workers. (3) This course is designed to provide fundamental safety rules and procedures needed in performing basic line worker skills.ULT1133
AC and DC Circuits for Utility Line Worker Technology. (4) Prerequisites: ULT 1192 or ELT 1192 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course OR by instructor consent. Principles and theories associated with AC and DC circuits used in the electrical trades. Includes the study of electrical circuits, laws and formulas, and the use of test equipment to analyze AC and DC circuits.ULT1144
Fundamentals of Electricity for Line Workers. (2) Fundamental skills associated with all electrical courses. Safety, basic tools, special tools, equipment, and introduction to AC and DC circuits.ULT1192
Electric Power. (3) Prerequisites: ULT 1192 or ELT 1192 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course OR by instructor consent. Electrical motors and their installation. Instruction and practice in using the different types of motors, protection devices, transformers, and alternators found in utility transmission.ULT1213
Transformer Operation and Banking. (3) Prerequisites: ULT 1192 or ELT 1192 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course AND ULT 1144 or ELT 1144 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course AND ULT 1213 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course OR by in This course is designed to cover basic single phase operations and Delta and ?Wye? Transformer Banks including hookups for 120/208 ? 208-480?120/240?277/480.ULT1223
Truck Driving for Line Workers. (4) Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor This course is designed to provide a line worker with fundamental skills needed to obtain a Class A CDL (Commercial Driver?s License) with air brake endorsement.ULT1324
Basic Utility Equipment Operation. (3) This course is designed to prepare students in the basic operation of line worker equipment.ULT1333
Pole Climbing. (3) Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor This course is designed to provide a line worker with fundamental skills needed to perform basic pole climbing.ULT1413
National Electrical Safety Code (NESC). (3) This course is designed to introduce the students to the basic fundamentals and safety requirements as set forth in the National Electric Safety Code for the power line industry.ULT1523
Line Worker Computer Fundamentals. (3) This course is designed to introduce students to basic computer skills.ULT1623
Overhead Construction. (3) Prerequisite: ULT 1213 or permission of instructor. Instruction and practice in safe installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of Overhead electrical distribution (O.H.)lines. This course encompasses terminology and lineULT2133
Underground Construction. (3) Prerequisite: ULT 1213 or permission of instructor. Introduces the student to the skills necessary to safely install, maintain, and troubleshoot underground electrical distribution systems. This course will also teach terminology forULT2143
System Design and Operation. (3) Prerequisite/Corequisites: ULT 1413 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course AND ULT 2133 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course AND ULT 2143 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course OR by instructor consent. This is a course includes operation basics for protection of the electrical system overhead, underground, and substation.ULT2233
Working in Elevated Work Sites. (4) Prerequisite/Corequisites: ULT 1413 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course AND ULT 2133 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course AND ULT 2143 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course OR by instructor consent. This course is designed to provide a line worker with fundamental skills needed to perform basic pole climbing.ULT2244
Advanced Utility Equipment Operation. (3) Prerequisite/Corequisites: ULT 1333 with a grade of ?C? or better in the course OR by instructor consent. This course provides an in-depth understanding of the operation of line worker equipment.ULT2333
Special Project in Electrical Technology. (3) Prerequisites: Completion of one semester of course work in Utility Line Worker Technology or Consent of the instructor. Practical application of skills and knowledge gained in other electrical or electrical-related technical courses. The instructor works closely with the student to insure that the selection of a project will enhance the student?s learning experience.ULT2913
Supervised Work Experience. (3) Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and completion of at least one semester of advanced coursework in Utility Line Worker Technology. A cooperative program between industry and education and is designed to integrate the student?s technical studies with industrial experience. Variable credit is awarded on the basis of semester hour per 45 industrial contact hours.ULT2923
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