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Electrical Utility Lineworker Program

Information sessions for the 2015-16 program have been announced! CLICK HERE for more information.


LCC’s Electrical program offers a specialized certificate for Electrical Utility/Lineworkers. If you enjoy being outdoors, staying fit, and working at heights - this program may be your perfect match!

The Lineworker Program involves a selective admissions process. You must submit an application to be accepted into the program. This initial application will be screened and scored based on a wide variety of items such as work experience, educational background, your physical ability, performance in an initial pole climb, driving records and criminal history.

Utility Training

Once you have been accepted into the program, you will complete 13 months of intensive coursework consisting of a four day Utility Lineworker orientation, three semesters of academic courses, and a 9-Week climbing school conducted at a utility training center.

Successful completion of this program will prepare you to enter lineworker apprenticeships with utility companies, or other occupations that require similar skills.


Courses are offered at LCC’s West Campus at times that will fit a variety of schedules, including morning and evening options. Some courses are offered as open labs or online.

Climbing classes, which are NOT flexible scheduling, will be conducted at a utility training facility. This will include a Pre-Orientation Climb, Four Day Orientation, and 9-Week Climbing School.


  • Our training program is developed in partnership with the 2nd largest electric and gas utility company in Michigan.
  • Instruction is provided by certified journey level instructors.
  • You will receive three nationally recognized safety certificates.
  • Government grants and financial aid are accepted for thisUtility Training program.
  • You will learn to use the ACTUAL equipment used in the field.
  • You will be training with the newest safety equipment.
  • The training will prepare you for a career in the utility industry.


  • National projection of approximately 20,000 New Positions openings before 2022.
  • National projection of over 5,000 job openings per year.
  • Michigan projection of over 100 job openings per year.
  • Median pay annually is over $63,000. (That’s over $30 an hour!)
  • Retirement of “baby boomer” generation is freeing up numerous utility jobs.
  • Energy is in increasing demand.

Location Pay Period 2014
10% 25% Median 75% 90%
United States Hourly $17.35 $24.05 $31.70 $37.99 $45.21
Yearly $36,100 $50,000 $65,900 $79,000 $94,000
Michigan Hourly $20.33 $29.65 $33.84 $38.18 $44.11
Yearly $42,300 $61,700 $70,400 $79,400 $91,700

Hourly and Yearly Wage Comparisons for Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers,
Courtesy of America's Career InfoNet


Additional Program Information:

Lineworker Program FAQ
How to Apply

Click the links below to download PDFs.
2014 Information Session PowerPoint
Initial Application Requirements and Projected Timeline
2014-15 Lineworker Certificate of Achievement
Program Costs (Fall 2014)

Line Worker

Utility and Energy Systems
West Campus, Room M127
Phone: (517) 483-1570
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