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Northampton Community College can now prepare students for entry level line work in the electrical or telecommunications industries. Qualified workers in this field are in-demand, and this hands-on course is taught by instructors with lineworker experience. This will be a noncredit program with 375 hours of instruction over a 12-week period. 300 of those hours will include outdoor hands-on experience in the new training area behind Hartzell Technology Hall on the Bethlehem Campus.
Training - Phase 1
The objective of the lineworker program is to provide an opportunity for students to obtain employment as a lineworker trainee and enter a meaningful and rewarding career. This is accomplished with the use of proven training methods which will include climbing and rigging. Academic training will include basic electricity and electrical systems, grounding, transformers, material identification, live-line tools and metering. Students will also be introduced to the various elements of accident prevention, including safety rule and the proper care, use and storage of tools and equipment.
Tuition & Materials
The cost of the program will be $4950 for tuition and $400 for materials. Students are expected to purchase their own safety belts and climbers. The program is approved for WIA and TAA training funds. Contact your local CareerLink to see if you are eligible.
After completion of NCC's 12-week program, students will be able to safely and efficiently climb 40' utility poles, construct assemblies while on poles, use a variety of hand tools, and understand the basics of electricity. Successful completion of the 12-week program enables students to become lineworker trainees for local electric and cable companies, where trainees would be required to pass a physical and drug screening.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for line installers and repairers is around $54,000 per year.* Telecommunications equipment installers and line repairers make around $54,000 per year.* Employment of telecommunications equipment installers and repairers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.*
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*Data source: data.bls.gov