Electrical Lineman

The Electrical Lineman Program is designed to train persons that wish to become entry-level electrical line workers for private and public utility companies and related employers. Students will learn academic and field skills necessary for entry-level workers. Safety is stressed in every aspect of the job. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Career Readiness Certificate. This program is approved for national certification by the National Center for Construction Education and Research ( NCCER) and for Pre- Apprentice credit by the N.C. Department of Commerce. Graduates will also earn flagger ,OSHA 10 and first aid/CPR certifications.

Occupation Description

Participants will learn the skills and knowledge required of a line crew helper. They will learn to set and climb poles, install crossarms, hardware, line, and transformers. They will learn how to use various tools and equipment of the trade through actual field experience. Overhead and underground construction practices will also be taught along with associated subjects such as basic electricity, transformers, etc. Classroom training will cover safety, electrical theory, interviewing skills, and the importance of attitude and teamwork to succeeding in today’s work environment. Participants will be exposed to classroom instruction along with physically demanding outdoor construction work in varying weather conditions. Students will be assigned to crews for the more demanding tasks and for actual crew experience. Safety and teamwork will be stressed throughout the course. Participants will be expected to become accustomed to heights while pole climbing and to complete a variety of tasks while on the pole.

Careers Available

Lineman, Groundsman, and Supervisor.

Entry-Level Salary

North Carolina – $14.00 – $18.00 per hour. *Average salaries may vary with company, position and location.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion students should be able to:

  • Operate work vehicles.
  • Install, maintain, or repair the power lines that move and distribute electricity.
  • Identify defective devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, and switches.
  • Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment.
  • String power lines between poles, towers, and buildings.
  • Climb poles and transmission towers and use truck-mounted buckets to get to equipment.
  • Operate power equipment when installing and repairing poles, towers, and lines.
  • Follow safety standards and procedures.

For additional details, see objectives under JOBS NOW, Electrical Lineman.

Recommended Courses and Skills

Active listening, critical thinking, troubleshooting, complex problem solving, judgment and decision making, operation monitoring, repairing, and speaking.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Near vision, problem sensitivity, arm-hand steadiness, multi-limb coordination, oral comprehension.

Before You Apply

To apply for admission into the program, the applicant must have the following prerequisites and physical health requirements. Enrollment is limited and based on a first come, first serve basis. The student is responsible for paying for tuition by the last day of registration.


  • A high school diploma or G.E.D. is required.
  • Must be at least 18 years old by the first day of classes to enroll.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Weigh less than 275lbs.
  • No felonies.

Physical Health

  • Must be able to lift 75 lbs. Materials and equipment will be lifted off of machinery, shelving, and the ground.
  • Must be able to operate safely while being aware of your surroundings.
  • Must be able to work in an elevated position.
  • Must be able to handle strenuous activities such as pulling, climbing, walking, carrying, or standing for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to work in any weather condition safely.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to operate vehicles such as a bucket truck, digger truck, trencher, etc.

Program Contact

Bill Adams
Director, Occupational Education
Forsyth Technical Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103-5197