Electrical linemen install, repair and maintain transmission lines. These professionals work regularly with high-voltage wires and conductors. Employment of electrical linemen is projected to grow through 2018 according to the U.S. Labor Department. Electrical linemen in May 2008 earned on average $55,100 a year. Many schools and apprenticeship training programs in Pennsylvania prepare students for work as electrical linemen by teaching them installation and safety techniques.

Northeastern Apprenticeship and Training Program

The Northeastern Apprenticeship and Training (NEAT) Program in Douglassville prepares students for work as journeymen linemen in the outside electrical industry. Students in the program complete 7,000 hours of study in classrooms, laboratories and outdoor pole-climbing yards. Graduates of the program also gain 25 semester hours of college credit through the American Council on Education that can go toward another institution. The school's apprenticeship program is funded through a partnership between regional contractors of the National Electrical Contractors Association and local unions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The program is an Area Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee program based on the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee curriculum.

Northeastern Apprenticeship and Training Program 1513 Ben Franklin Highway Douglassville, PA 19518
610-326-2860 neat1968.org/about.htm

Penn Foster Workforce Development

Penn Foster Workforce Development offers electrical lineman training in Scranton. The program includes courses on mathematics for electrical calculations as well as fire and electrical safety. Students also learn alternating and direct current circuit principles and how to install, operate and maintain overhead and underground power lines. Students additionally can focus on a variety of areas, such as power line design, construction specialist, electrical lineman and lineman/cableman. Students learn how to choose equipment for specific electrical applications as well. The program is approximately 812 hours long. Penn Foster Workforce Development is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training as well as the Distance Education and Training Council.

Penn Foster Workforce Development P.O. Box 3957 Scranton, PA 18505 800-233-0259 workforcedevelopment.com/utilities/lineman.html

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Reading Area Community College

Reading Area Community College offers an associate degree program in electric utility technology in partnership with FirstEnergy Corp. Through the program, students gain the skills needed to become line workers in electric and other utilities industries. Courses cover topics such as electrical control wiring, transformers and power generation. Students complete class and lab work in addition to gaining hands-on experience at a local electric utility company training facility. The program is 21 months long and includes 68 credit hours. Founded in 1971, Reading Area Community College is accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education.

Reading Area Community College 10 S. Second St. Reading, PA 19603 610-372-4721 racc.edu/Academic/programs/eut.aspx

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