Electric Line Construction Technology - A35230

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Electric Line Construction Academy

Do you have what it takes to be a Power Line Technician?
Power Line Technician Quiz:

  • Do you like to work outdoors?
  • Do you have a strong work ethic?
  • Are you in good physical shape?
  • Can you work as part of a team?

If you answered yes to all of these, you may have what it takes to be an power line technician.

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Electric Line Construction Academy (C35230B) 16 Week Schedule

Weeks 1-14

Intro to Electric Line Construction
Intro to Electric Line Construction Lab
Introduction to Electricity
Electrical Computations
First Aid and CPR

Weeks 15-16

Overhead Line Construction
Underground Line Construction


What will I learn?
The Academy includes 400 hours of combined classroom and construction training. During the 16 week Electric Line Construction Technology Program, we provide classroom training in electrical theory and troubleshooting, circuit analysis, power systems components and operation including three phase transformer banking (wye and delta), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and protective grounding, substation operation and components, as well as a general overview of overhead and underground line work. The field component of the training includes framing and building single and 3 phase overhead lines, pole top and bucket rescue techniques, bucket truck operation, and Underground (URD) systems. We also provide extensive training in free climbing, hitch-hiking, and the use of the Buckingham Buck Squeeze system. Our training especially emphasizes the overriding requirements of safety and teamwork in every aspect of our work.

Why be an Power Line Technician?

As our nation continues to grow, our need for electricity will continue to increase. Our aging electrical infrastructure requires constant maintenance and upgrading. This is necessary to maintain our standard of living and to keep our country safe. Power line technicians are the men and women who maintain these complex electrical systems. To do so requires stamina, focus and a desire to help others. Today's power line technicians are highly trained, and are provided with state of the art safety equipment. An accident in this profession is a rare occurrence because of the industry's heavy emphasis on safety.

Approximately one-half of our nation's electrical line workers are expected to retire within the next few years. The opportunities are exciting and so are the wages and benefits. Starting pay averages about $30,000 per year. Within 5 years you can expect to be earning $65,000 per year, and within 10 years you can be making over $100,000 per year. It's a great profession, but in order to take advantage of these tremendous opportunities, you need training. Give us a call to discuss your future in this exciting field.

What are the admission requirements?
The following required procedures must be completed prior to admittance into the Academy:

  1. Completion of an NCC application.  Applicants may apply online at http://www.nashcc.edu/admissions or pick up an application in Student and Enrollment Services.
  2. You must register specifically for the Electric Line Construction Academy. This can be done several weeks before classes start during pre-registration or on the day prior to the start of classes (click here to view the calendar). Since class seating is limited, you may wish to contact Vicki Currin at (252)451-8228 or Jon O'Boyle at (252)451-8493 to discuss reserving your seat in the program.
  3. Submission of an official high school transcript documenting graduation from high school or an official copy of GED (General Education Development) or AHSD (Adult High School Diploma) scores.  To be considered official, transcripts must be unopened and received directly from the institution attended.  All transcripts become property of Nash Community College and cannot be reproduced or returned to the student.  Faxed copies are not considered official transcripts.  The College will recognize high school diplomas from regionally and nationally accredited schools or home schools registered with the state.  Students with an A.A.S. degree or high may submit a college transcript in place of a high school transcript with the exception of applicants seeking Veteran’s (VA) benefits.  Student seeking VA benefits must submit a high school transcript and all college transcripts before being eligible for certification. 
  4. Completion of the ACT WorkKeys®, National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).  Students must earn a minimum of Level 3 (Bronze) in Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information.  Testing Centers can be located by entering your geographical location at the following website:  http://www.act.org/workkeys/locations.html.  Information about the NCRC can also be obtained by contacting Charlene Harrison at 252/451-8389 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You must provide NCC with you NCRC certificate ID.  Email your name and certificate ID number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  5. Review the Enrollment Expectations for entry into the Electric Line Construction Academy (contact Vicki Currin at (252)451-8228 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for this form).  Enrollees are expected to possess the personal traits, communication skills, and physical skills outlined.  Sign and date the form acknowledging your understanding and recognition of these expectations.  Mail the signed form to the address below.
  6. Completion of a Department of Transportation physical with doctor’s notation that the physical requirements shown on the enclosed physical examination form can be performed without restriction (contact Vicki Currin at (252)451-8228 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for this form).  Mail the completed form to:
    Nash Community College
    Attn:  Vicki Currin
    PO Box 7488
    Rocky Mount, NC 27804


What is the cost of tuition for either in-state or out-of-state residents?
Tuition costs are fixed by the state of North Carolina and may change from year to year. Please click here for current tuition costs.

Must I provide my own tools?
No, we provide all of the necessary tools and climbing equipment. You need only to bring a good pair of boots (steel shank and toe recommended), and a pair of OSHA certified safety glasses and leather gloves.

What type of certification will I receive when I complete the academy?
Upon successful completion, you will receive a 3rd Class Line Construction Technology Certificate. This qualifies you to begin work as an apprentice power line technician.

Do you assist in job placement?
Finding a job is ultimately the student's responsibility. Our graduates are in demand, however, and employers such as Duke Energy Progress, Dominion Power, electric membership cooperatives and municipalities regularly visit our school to recruit. We have ongoing partnerships with these and other various entities and are made aware of many potential job openings as soon as they occur. Visit our Career Counseling & Job Placement page for more information.

Is financial aid and/or scholarship assistance available?
Yes. Contact our financial aid department to determine your eligibility. In addition, Duke Energy Scholarships are also available. To be considered, be sure to fill out a scholarship application at the same time you apply for admission.

Can I take Electric Line Construction Academy courses on a part time basis?
Because of the intense pace and extensive amount of material covered, it is recommended that interested students commit to the program on a full time basis for the 16 week duration.

What is the typical schedule for the Electric Line Construction Academy?
Although our schedule may vary slightly from semester to semester, we normally train 8 hours per day, Monday through Thursday, for 16 weeks.

What courses are taught in the Academy?

Weeks 1-14
Intro to Electric Line Construction
Intro to Electric Line Construction
Introduction to Electricity
Electrical Computations
First Aid and CPR

Weeks 14-16
Overhead Line Construction
Underground Line Construction

Once I have completed the Academy, can I continue to earn a diploma or degree?
Yes, each level of completion is a building block for the next level.

Is student housing available on campus?
There is no housing available on campus. Out-of-town students normally make short term lease agreements with area motels, rooming houses, and apartments.

What is the average starting salary for an entry level line technician?
Base starting salaries will vary from about $27000 per year to $35000. With overtime, many entry level workers earn in excess of $50,000 their first year. Within 5 to 7 years, expect to be earning between $75000 and $100,000 with overtime.

If I choose to move out of state upon graduation, will my certificate be valid?
Nash Community College is an accredited institution making the 3rd Class Lineman Certificate recognized across the country.

Have additional questions?
Contact Vicki Currin  or Jon O'Boyle.