The Electric Utility Industry offers lots of rewarding careers with great pay, benefits and security. As you consider your options, the following might help you choose the best fit for you.
NLC has proudly been accredited since 2000. Accreditation recognizes the competency, authority, and credibility of any school, college, or university by the US Department of Education. It’s the first way to know you’ll be getting the highest level of education and ethics. Not all states require national accreditation. Instead, some issue certifications of compliance. Knowing the difference between national accreditation and state certification is important as it ensures the quality of your education. ACCSC regularly conducts site visits at all of our campus locations to ensure we are meeting students needs and adhering to guidelines regarding ethical and honest practices.
When considering a program, ask how they train the people who will be training you. Working in the trade alone is not enough. Nor is completing a one-time workshop. For example, at NLC we handpick a select number of certified journeymen, then require that they complete additional highly formalized internal training that teaches them how to teach others. They’re certified and required to complete annual technical educator coursework to continue as our educators.
Learning material for today’s lineworker is hard to find because it’s so specialized. It’s not uncommon to find books being used that are written for electricians, engineers, or other professions not related to linework alone. Which is why we created our own proprietary curriculum. Constantly updated by subject matter experts, graphic artists, and videographers, this ensures it’s relevant to current trade standards and practices, and very focused on linework. Hundreds of power and construction companies throughout the US contract with NLC specifically for our curriculum.
Always tour the campus before deciding where to go if you can. Any place designed for this type of specialized training should have modern electrical equipment, labs, and vehicles. Power companies often donate old equipment as they upgrade for training to schools. That’s why we’ve spent over 20 years developing strong relationships with the industry’s major manufacturers to continually equip our yards and labs with the most modern equipment. As a result, our graduates are well trained, highly competitive, and more employable.
Will you be taught by industry leaders? Make sure the school you choose is led by industry pros who’ve worked in the trade and have the continually renewed knowledge to guide and improve training on a daily basis. Many schools rely heavily on their Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) rather than their on-site leaders. TAC’s are very important, but because their role is simply to advise, they don’t have the authority to demand improvements.
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Alan Drew, Sr. VP of Research & Development Certified Journeyman Lineman. Educated in Electrical Engineering. Inducted into the International Lineman Hall of Fame in 2008.
Michael Hennesey, Chief Growth Officer NLC graduate. Completed two Lineman Apprenticeship Programs, plus special supervisory courses at Stanford University.
Jacob Phelps, VP Curriculum and Instruction Certified Journeyman Lineman. Earned special Professional Technical Educator Certification at University of Idaho.
Knowing how to research, apply, and interview for a job in the electric utility industry is critical to getting your first job. That’s why our Career Planning & Strategies class is a big part of our Electrical Lineworker Program. You’ll meet with a HR professional for a one-on-one resume review, practice mock interviews (complete with entrance exam testing), and get in-depth advice on the most effective ways to find the job you’re looking for.
Just as important as getting certified from an accredited school is the strength of your school’s network with power companies, construction companies, manufacturers, industry associations, alumni, and so on.
We have been trusted to provide training to over 700 power and construction companies in the US, as well as military installations and major industry manufacturers. We’ve designed training facilities in Afghanistan and Tanzania—while attracting trainees from Russia and the Caribbean as well.
NLC Has won the prestigious When Work Works award every year since 2012. Why is this important to you? When the employees are happy, it shows in the work that they do and the interactions they have with our students. From Admissions, Student Accounts, Training Specialists and across the board, you will find our employees to be courteous, helpful, and knowledgeable.
Learn more about the award criteria
Opportunities for Learning A job where the meaning and importance of the work is clear, that encourages learning and creativity, and has enough task variety to keep you interested.
Culture of Trust A workplace culture where supervisors are trustworthy, ethical, and seek your input to improve performance.
Work-Life Fit Having the support, schedule and flexibility you need at work in order to effectively manage your work and personal/family responsibilities.
Supervisor Support for Work Success Supervisors who provide you with honest and relevant information needed to do your job well and who recognize you when you a job is well done.
Satisfaction with Earnings, Benefits & Advancement Opportunities Having reasonable benefits and earnings for your job and adequate opportunities for advancement.
Autonomy The ability to decide or have input into what your job entails, how it is done, and to be true to yourself while doing it.