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The Cleveland Community College Electrical Lineworker Academy prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and certificates that public and private utility companies, electrical contractors, and telecommunication companies require for entry-level jobs.

Electrical lineworkers install, repair, and maintain electrical power distribution and transmission systems. Electrical line work is a rewarding career for highly-skilled employees who enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and working in a team environment where safety is the number one priority.

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Career Outlook

Opportunities for employment in the electrical power industry are vast and growing. The US Department of Labor projects jobs for Electrical Power Line Installers and Repairers in North Carolina will exceed the national average over the next 10 years. The combination of many factors has created a large demand for entry-level electrical lineworker skills.

Employers are actively hiring individuals who have the basic skills, ability, and credentials provided by the Cleveland Community College Electrical Lineworker Academy. If you are looking for a solid career that pays well, enjoy working outdoors, and have no fear of heights, consider becoming an electrical lineworker.


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Academy Dates

Registration is open for all Academies. Space is limited. Reserve your seat today.

October 1, 2018 – December 11, 2018 (Orientation - Tuesday, August 21 or Tuesday, August 28)

January 4, 2019 - March 15, 2019

We are now accepting applications for the October class. Call 704-669-4015 to start the registration process.

Class Times

The Electrical Lineworker Academy is a 10-week highly structured and intensive training program designed to prepare students with the skills and credentials that employers want. Students will treat the 10-week Academy like a full-time job and are expected to be ready for training every day at 7:30 am. Each week consists of 40 hours of training.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Registration Requirements

Required at Registration

Preferred Applicants will meet the following Requirements

Required before First Day of Class

Academy Orientation

Dates: August 21 or August 28 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Orientation sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about the Academy. All students registered for the Academy are required to attend an orientation.

Please call 704-669-4015 to pre-register for an Orientation. Orientations dates may be closed when the maximum class size is reached.

Commercial Driver License

To obtain a Commercial Driver’s License the DMV requires a physical exam. You will receive the necessary instructions when you register. The physical exam results are due on the first day of class.

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Certificates & Credentials Earned


Academy Costs

When Paid Description Paid To Amount
At Registration Registration Fee - Lineman I CCC $180
At Registration Registration Fee - Lineman II CCC $180
At Registration Fee CCC $175
Before 1st Day DOT Physical CHS Urgent Care, Shelby $85
Before 1st Day Motor Vehicle Record DMV $10
Before 1st Day Lineworker Boots (Approx.) Retailer $180
During Class CDL Class A Permit DMV $60
During Class CDL License DMV $100
During Class CDL Skills Test No Charge if taken at CCC $0

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Academy Registration

For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at 704.669.4015 or You may also visit our office located in the LeGrand Center at 1800 E. Marion Street, Shelby.

Financial Assistance

Options are available to help veterans and underemployed/unemployed students pay for fees and expenses associated with the Academy. It is important to speak with a Success Coach as soon as possible to explore financial assistance options that are right for you.

Program Advisory Board

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A career as a Lineworker is not for the weak minded or the faint of heart. Working conditions include rain, cold, hot, dark, high winds and every combination of extreme weather you can imagine. Normal working hours apply only when all the lights are on. If someone’s electrical service is out, your work day is not over. Work stations are at an elevated level, if you like staying on the ground floor this career is not for you. High voltage is invisible yet most always present and fear is to be respected and tamed. It’s a Lineworker thing…. you won’t understand...YET.

Adjunct Instructors Needed

We are always looking for Class "A" Journeyman Lineman with teaching experience to instruct part-time in our program. If you’re interested passing on your knowledge to the next generation of lineworkers please apply here.


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