Electrical Line Tech

Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, apprenticeship opportunities, advanced certifications, and further education


Students will attend courses at a training site at K.I. Sawyer near Gwinn, Michigan. Students will receive introductory elevated outdoor work-site field experiences related to electrical power. Graduates are prepared for employment as professional linemen, able to install and repair cables, wires, and structures used in electrical transmission and distribution systems.

What You Will Learn

Students enrolled in the Electrical Line Technician Certificate Program at NMU will learn how to develop a variety of knowledge and skills related to activities of power distribution including:

  • Workplace safety
  • Employability practices
  • Transmission and distribution systems
  • Pole climbing
  • Pole setting and framing
  • Guying
  • Bucket and digger truck operation
  • Principles of electricity
  • Fundamentals of current flow in series, parallel, and compound circuits
  • Industry safety rules

Job Opportunities

  • Apprenticeships with electrical contractors
  • Electrical utilities
  • Cable TV and telephone installers
  • Communications tower installation and maintenance companies
  • Job opportunities are available worldwide

Michigan and National Employment & Wage Data

Bachelor's Degree or Higher

  • Career/Technical Education Teachers
  • Electrical Engineers

Associate's Degree/Long-Term Training/Apprenticeships

  • Electrical Power-Line Installers
  • Electricians
  • Power Distributors and Dispatchers
  • Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers
  • Telecommunications Line Installers 
  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Certificate or Moderate-Term Training

  • Solar Photovoltaic Installers
  • Telecommunications Installers, Except Line

High School Diploma or Equivalent & Short Term Training

  • Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • Helpers—Electricians


Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a college course, as this is determined individually by school district.

Students earn direct college credits from NMU at no cost.

Industry-recognized Certification

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future.