The Electric Distribution Engineering Technology program was created through a partnership between Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and Allegheny Energy, providing educational opportunities for a field which has typically been limited to internal apprenticeship opportunities. Through this program, endorsed by the Utility Workers Union of American (UWUA) Local 102, students will learn the skills necessary to become linemen.
The Electric Line Worker program is designed to provide the technical skills required for new utility workers. Traditional academic instruction gives students an understanding of the technology fueling today’s electrical utilities, while hands-on laboratories, such as pole training areas and equipment labs, ensure that students are prepared for the job on day one.
Students seeking a fast-track to employment may enroll in the Electric Line Worker Certificate Program, which provides the fundamental skills required for employment in the electric utility field. Those seeking specific technical knowledge with a broader understanding of the electrical utility environment can pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Both programs are taught by highly trained and credentialed faculty and include technical modules, hands-on laboratories, equipment training and paid internships.
Students in the Electric Distribution Engineering Technology program are subject to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s requirements for admission, informed consent form, basic skills testing, and appropriate course placement, including mandated developmental courses, which are not counted toward completion of the program. Blue Ridge CTC requirements regarding academic standards, student conduct, and graduation procedures also apply.