Power The Nation as a Lineworker

Electrical Lineworker Program

Learn how to safely construct, maintain, and operate the nation’s power grid with Northwest Lineman College’s Pre-Apprenticeship, the Electrical Lineworker Program

Electrical Lineworker Program

Power the Nation as a Lineworker

Learn how to safely construct, maintain, and operate the nation’s power grid with Northwest Lineman College’s Pre-Apprenticeship, the Electrical Lineworker Program.

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$90,000+ Average
Industry WageView Source
Get Trained In
Just 15 Weeks
4 Campuses
73% Graduate
Employment RateView Source
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How Do I Become a Lineman?

Our country has a great need for skilled workers in the electric power and telcommunication industries. Help meet the nation’s demand for energy and connectivity.

Get the training and skills you need with our 15-week Electrical Lineworker Program that prepares you for the trades and a rewarding career.

Careers in Power & Telecom

The power and telecom industries provide long and rewarding careers for individuals excited to learn, grow, earn a good living and progress their career.

Explore the Industry

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Career Opportunities

  • Electrical Lineworker Apprentice
  • Journeyman Lineworker
  • First Class Lineworker
  • Equipment Operator
  • Substation Technician
  • Meter Reader
  • Meter Technician
  • System Operator
  • Telecommunication Lineworker
  • Telecommunications Operator
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Fiberoptic Installer/Repairer

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Get Trained in 15 Weeks!

Start your career in the power and telecom industries quickly in comparison to a 4-year degree.

Graduate highly qualified for initial employment.

Companies pursue NLC graduates because they can often credit training hours toward apprenticeship.

What Will I Learn as a Student?

Our Education Model

Each academic course, skill competency, and behavior expectation is shaped around three domains of human learning:

NLC three-phase educational model, Knowledge Skill Behavior


  • Electrical theory and broadband service delivery
  • Smart grid and electrical devices
  • Rigging, loads and equipment
  • OSHA 10-Hour Electrical Transmission & Distribution Training


  • Work in elevated positions using most up-to-date safety equipment
  • Operate bucket trucks digger derricks
  • Telecommunications Overlashing
  • Overhead & underground power distribution systems, rigging and safety


  • Developing professionalism and positive work ethic
  • Working safely using The Capacity Model and rescue methods
  • Identification of career options and interview confidently
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Training Environment

NLC promotes a positive learning environment where students are challenged, encouraged, and held accountable. Students are placed in crews where teamwork is emphasized daily.

Class Day & Size

Students attend class and field training in equal parts each day, Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for preparation and study.
Class sizes are limited to maximize student safety, productivity, and camaraderie.

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Tools of the Trade

Students are required to purchase specific climbing and hand tools on campus. Instructors will provide a personal fitting for you. After graduation, you will continue to use these tools every day on the job.

Meet Your Instructors

Exemplifying the best practices and expectations of trade professionals, instructors are certified adult educational specialists who give students individualized attention to maximize learning outcomes.

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You’ll graduate the Electrical Lineworker Program with these certifications:

  • Aerial-Lift Rescue Certification
  • Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Certification
  • Class A CDL Training / Testing Course
  • Climbing Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Digger Derrick Safety Certification
  • Enclosed-Space Rescue Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • OSHA 10-Hour ET&D
  • Pole-Top Rescue Certification
  • Smart Grid Electrical Devices Certification

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Advanced Add-On Courses

Be a standout job candidate by gaining extra certifications that employers value highly with our additional optional courses:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Crane Operator Certification

Visit Northwest Lineman College

Learn more about our Electrical Lineworker Program by attending a virtual information session or visiting one of our four campuses in-person. Connect with us today!

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What NLC Graduates Are Saying

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Ready to Begin your Career with our Electrical Lineworker Program?

Your Campus Options

Click on one of the state icons below to learn more about each campus.

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All campus locations feature:

  • State-of-the-art classroom and lab facilities
  • Learning resource centers with study areas and computers
  • Indoor lab and outdoor field-training areas that emulate actual work environments
  • Student lunchrooms

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Tuition & Funding

Investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. Not only is the Electrical Lineworker Program shorter than one semester of college, but it’s also a fraction of the cost.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start date of the term you select.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.NLC requires high-school-level English language proficiency as documented by a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Be eligible to obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL).
  • Be physically and mentally fit to participate (official Medical Release form provided during enrollment process).
  • Be able to pass a required drug test, including marijuana (regardless of your state of residence).
  • Provide proof of current medical insurance coverage by the start date of the term you select. (Students are required to keep current coverage for the duration of the program.)
  • Not have a felony conviction on your record.
  • Weigh no more than 270 pounds due to weight restrictions of fall protection equipment.

If you meet these qualifications, you are welcome to submit an application.

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