Electrical Lineworker Academy - Cleveland Community College

Electrical Lineworker Academy

ClevelandCC Electrical Lineworker Academy

Tired of your old Job? www.clevelandcc.edu/elaIn just 10 weeks and successful completion of Cleveland Community Colleges Electrical Lineworker Academy you can be on your way to a new career. Classes starting April 5th, July 5th and October 3rd. Classes fill up early so get started on a new career. Call 704-669-4015!

Posted by CCC Electrical Lineworker Academy on Monday, February 4, 2019

The Cleveland Community College Electrical Line Worker Academy prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and certificates that Public and Private Utility Companies, Electrical Utility Contractors, Telecommunication Companies and Cellular Tower Companies across the country require for entry-level jobs.

Electrical line workers 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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Program Requirements

Course Name Class Hours Lab Hours Credits Semester Available

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Career Outlook

Opportunities for employment in the electrical power industry are vast and growing all across the country. 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 line worker skills.

  • An increasing number of renewable energy sources must be connected to the electrical grid.
  • Our aging electrical grid system requires constant repair, maintenance, and updating.
  • Thousands of experienced journeyman linemen will retire within the next five to ten years.
  • Fiber optic telecommunication services are constantly expanding.

Employers are actively hiring individuals who have the basic skills, ability, and credentials provided by the Cleveland Community College Electrical Line Worker 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 line worker.

Entry-level Lineworker Salary

  • More than 1,000 open jobs in NC and SC
  • Regional starting pay ranges from $15 – $20 per hour
  • Potential to earn more than $50,000 annually

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2022  Academy Dates

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

Spring Academy April 1st – June 10th

Summer Academy June 30th – September 9th

Fall Academy September 28th – December 9th

All students must register and attend an Orientation before enrolling in an academy (704) 669-4015, (Orientation)

Class Times

The Electrical Line Worker 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, and Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Registration Requirements

Required before Registration of Class

  • Be 18 years of age before the first day of class
  • Attend and successfully complete an Orientation
  • No felonies within the last 7 years
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proof of a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency
  • NCRC (Work Keys) score of Silver or higher  Call (704) 669-4033
  • Must weight less than 275 lbs (for equipment safety purposes)
  • Acquire and provide a copy of a current DOT Physical from a physician
  • Must have a CDL Class “A” permit 4 weeks before Classes Start NCDOT CDL License 
  • Note: Previously a person had to log into NCDMV for appointments at https://skiptheline.ncdot.gov/Webapp/_/_/_/en/WizardAppt/Units for the tests, although some DMV offices do not require an appointment. The tests needed are General Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combination Vehicles
  • Note: Schedule appointments if needed for testing

Academy Orientation

Orientation Dates for 2022 Academies:

Summer Academy (May 25th & 26th).

Fall Academy ( August 17th & 18th).

Winter Academy (November 16th & 17th).

You Must attend one of the orientations to attend any Academy.

You must wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and work boots with a 1″ heel. No athletic wear will be allowed!

Orientation sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about the Academy. All students registered for the Academy are required to register and attend an orientation. Call (704) 669-4015 for location of orientation!

Please call 704-669-4015 to pre-register for an Orientation. If you wish to attend the next Lineworker Academy Program you will need the Registration Packet Completed prior to registering for the Academy. Orientation 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 DOT physical examination. You will receive the necessary instructions when you register. The physical exam results are due before you go to take your CDL Class A Permit Test (Due 4 weeks before Class Starts). Find details on the NCDOT website, Applying for a Commercial Driver License.

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Certificates & Credentials Earned

  • T&D PowerSkills Powerline Worker
  • Pole & Bucket Rescue Certificate
  • CDL Class A, “O” Restriction License Exam
  • NC Workzone Flagger Certificate
  • Incipient Fire Behavior Certificate
  • Chainsaw Safety Certificate
  • OSHA 10-hour Construction Card
  • First Aid CPR AED
  • Load Securement/Excavator Training Certificate
  • NCWorks Registered Pre-Apprenticeship (400 hrs)

Academy Costs

When Paid Description Who fees are Paid To Amount
At Registration Registration Fee – Basic Lineman I CCC $ 190
At Registration Registration Fee – Advanced Lineman II CCC $ 180
At Registration CPR & OSHA 10 Certification CCC $ 25
At Registration Materials Fee CCC $250
Before Permit Tests at DMV D.O.T. Physical Provider of your Choice Paid to Others $85 estimated
Needed at Orientation Lineworker Boots (Approx.) Retailer of Your Choice Paid to Others $150 estimated
Needed 4 wks Before Class CDL Class “A” Permit DMV Paid to the DMV $60 estimated
During Class CDL License DMV Paid to the DMV $100 estimated
During Class CDL Skills Test No Charge if taken at CCC $0
Total $ 1030.00


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Academy Registration

For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at 704-669-4015 or email at coned@clevelandcc.edu. 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 associated with the Academy. Call (704) 669-4015 to speak with a Success Coach as soon as possible to explore financial assistance options that are right for you.

Program Advisory Board

  • City of Shelby
  • City of Kings Mountain
  • City of Gastonia
  • Utility Lines Construction Services
  • Sumter Utilities Inc.
  • Williams Electric Company
  • Rutherford Electric Membership Corp.
  • Pike Electric

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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.

Current Academy Schedule