Although students are on campus only four months for the Electrical Lineworker Program, they are enrolled for a lifetime with Northwest Lineman College. NLC will always be available to assist graduates with their career goals.
To provide education and training that produces graduates who are:
- Highly qualified for initial employment.
- Highly successful in completing formalized apprenticeship and other training programs.
- Prepared to pursue a long and rewarding career.
The program objective will be realized when these supporting objectives are executed. Successful graduates will be able to:
- Explain the structure of the electric power system and how power is delivered to customers.
- Explain how work is safely performed on both energized and de-energized power lines.
- Explain the types of employers in power delivery, their operating structures, and the career paths available.
- Demonstrate the ability to be highly competitive for employment, which includes effectively researching potential employers, applying for vacancies, interviewing, and creating resumes and cover letters.
- Demonstrate field skills that are commonly expected of a beginner-level electrical lineworker.
- Exhibit proper behaviors, including safety habits, attitude, and working with others.
- Achieve certification of proficiency in certain key operational and safety-related procedures.
- Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of commonly performed tasks.
Achievement of these objectives will result in a graduate who is qualified for a variety of positions including (but not limited to): apprentice lineman, utility worker, communications installer, warehouse helper, meter reader, meter tester, substation helper, groudman, and equipment operator.
Three-Phase Educational Model
Research long ago identified three domains of learning: cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skill), and affective (behavior). Most educational institutions in America focus on only one, or sometimes just two, of the three domains.
In the power delivery industry, and with electrical power systems in general, a phase is any normally energized conductor. The maximum number of phases possible is three. Three-phase circuits deliver the maximum amount of power to customers. Northwest Lineman College combined this concept with the educational understanding of learning domains to develop its trademarked Three-Phase Educational Model.
Northwest Lineman College will continually pursue excellence in our educational model, doing all that we can to ensure that you have the benchmark standard of educational experiences. This is why we place such strong emphasis on all three educational domains: knowledge, skill, and behavior.
ELP academic courses are designed to prepare students for the most difficult academic topics taught by utility and construction companies. ELP academic courses are a good indicator of and introduction to what can be expected in the trade.
Academic curriculum is most commonly delivered in lecture format. Students participate by interacting during lectures, completing application exercises, producing written reports, participating in group presentations, and taking exams.
The Skill Phase is the “hands-on” phase of training. This is where students learn and practice the fundamentals of field-based methods. First demonstrated by training specialists, students follow their direction in practicing and building fluency in each competency, which is later timed and rated for proficiency. Often strenuous, the Skill Phase offers students the opportunity to condition their physical strengths to meet the demands of linework.
While knowledge and skill are important, positive behavior and attitude have been identified by power and construction company leadership as attributes a potential employee must also have. For this reason, the Behavior Phase focuses on safety, camaraderie, customer service, and conviction, to help students develop steadfast reputations for being mature, reliable, safe, and civic-minded.