Electrical utility companies hire lineworkers to install, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical lines. Electrical lineworkers must be trained extensively before beginning work. Students take classes in basic electrical systems, transformers, grounding, rigging and career planning. In Georgia, two public and two private schools offer classes in electrical linework.

Southeast Lineman Training Center

Southeast Lineman Training Center (SLTC) is a private school in Northwestern Georgia. SLTC trains only electrical utility workers. It trained its first class of 13 students in 2000. As of 2010, SLTC trained nearly 350 students each year. SLTC also offers its students a state-approved Commercial Driving License (CDL) training course because a CDL is required for lineworkers in the field. Financial aid and job placement services are available.

Southeast Lineman Training Center 9481 U.S. 11 Trenton, GA 30752 706-657-3792 lineworker.com

Southeastern Line Constructors

Southeastern Line Constructors (SELCAT) is a private school in southwest suburban Atlanta. SELCAT specializes in lineman training. SELCAT has formed partnerships with the Southeastern Line Constructors’ Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors’ Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to offer an “earn while you learn” apprenticeship program to students. SELCAT offers specialized learning tracks for overhead lineman, substation technicians and signal technicians.

Southeastern Line Constructors 90 Newnan South Industrial Drive Newnan, GA 30263 678-423-1338 selcat.com

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Okefenokee Technical College

The Electrical Lineworker program at Okefenokee Technical College prepares students to attain a working apprenticeship after graduation. Okefenokee Tech also offers a CDL course, independent of the Electrical Lineworker program. Because this is a public technical school operated by the Technical College System of Georgia, public financial aid is available. Okefenokee Tech is located in Southeastern Georgia.

Okefenokee Technical College Main Campus 1701 Carswell Avenue Waycross, GA 31503 912-287-6584 okefenokeetech.edu

South Georgia Technical College

South Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. South Georgia Tech is located in South Central Georgia, between Macon and Albany. Public financial aid is available. South Georgia Tech offers a Technical Certificate of Completion in Electrical Linework. This certificate prepares students to begin an apprenticeship program.

South Georgia Technical College Main Campus 900 South Georgia Tech Parkway Americus, GA 31709 229- 931-2394 southgatech.edu

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