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Key Program Features
Line workers are powering communities by maintaining and repairing distribution lines and equipment. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career that involves working in all types of weather conditions and risks, consider a career as an electrical lineman. Electrical linemen install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or other distribution systems, which can include working on overhead power lines or underground electrical systems. LLCC’s electrical distribution lineman program prepares students for a lineman apprenticeship with electrical cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, municipalities, cable companies and private contractors.
Learn more by viewing “Heroes at the ready: Linemen” in LLCC’s FORWARD magazine!
The median annual wage for electrical power-line installers and repairers was $68,010 in May 2016. Due to the nature of the work, employment of line installers and repairers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Job opportunities are best for those who have good technical and mechanical skills. Students can increase their competitiveness in the field with a certificate or degree.
Degree and Certificate Programs
LLCC offers the following programs to successfully equip you for a career as an electrical distribution lineman. Learn more about the courses for each program:
Time to completion: 2 years
Time to completion: 8 months to a year depending on completion of the CDL training
Students must complete the LLCC truck driver training program to receive a commercial driver’s license (CDL)-class A to meet program requirements. Students take the CDL test with the Illinois Secretary of State and must pass the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) physical. Those with a current CDL-Class A can receive proficiency credit to meet the program’s truck driver training requirement. For more information about LLCC Truck Driver Training, contact Bob Howard, director, at 217-786-2565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program falls under regulations for “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation.” LLCC provides the gainful employment information for Electrical Lineman Maintenance • Certificate of Achievement in compliance with the “Program Integrity” and “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation” regulations as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (34 CFR 668.8).
Investment in Your Future
Tuition and fees in the electrical distribution lineman program vary by course. The following are 2017-18 tuition and fee rates for in-district residents:
- Tuition and fees for technical science courses are $162.25 per credit hour.
- Tuition and fees for the EDL 130 course are $1,433.
- Tuition and fees for courses EDL 131 through 135 run $776 each.
- The cost of the truck driver training course (seven credits) is $3,900, which is in addition to other fees for the program. (The truck driver training program is eligible for financial aid (FAFSA) if taken as a requirement for the electrical distribution lineman program.)
- Tuition and fees for other courses in the electrical distribution lineman associate degree program run the standard in-district rate of $132 per credit hour.
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