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Programs for the Best Jobs

Programs for the Best Jobs

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Fall 2014 Course Schedule

Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Career Opportunities
Apprentice Lineman
Utility Assistant
Distribution Engineer
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Average Salary
According to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for career opportunities from this program is:
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Mitchell Technical Institute offers the only Power Line program in South Dakota. Employment opportunities are available with rural electric cooperatives, municipal and private utility companies, the Bureau of Reclamation, private contractors and many others.  Course material and lab are based around the application and theory of distribution and transmission of electrical power. Fieldwork includes operating a digger derrick truck, setting poles, climbing poles, installing anchors and stringing conductors. Outside lab also involves installation of transformers, metering for overhead and underground distribution systems.

Physical fitness is an important part of the job of an electrical line worker. A careful, detail-oriented personality is also a good quality to possess since individuals will be working with high voltage, often in dangerous situations and bad weather conditions; safety is a major element of line worker training. Line work is extremely challenging as the type of projects, conditions and work locations change frequently. Lineworkers perform tasks in an outdoor environment subjected to various weather conditions such as extreme heat or in freezing temperatures in the rain, sleet, wind and snow. The work is done in both overhead and underground lines with the overhead work typically done at heights more than 25 feet above the ground. Lineworkers are often on call at any hour to restore power.

Students who wish to obtain an AAS degree in Utilities Technology may complete this curriculum, the Propane and Natural Gas Technologies curriculum and an additional
6 credits of general education.

Students are expected to conform to MTI’s Drug Testing Policy while enrolled in the Commercial Driving course.  See the Student Handbook for details. Any student who enrolls in Commercial Driver training must obtain a South Dakota driver’s license in order to complete the CDL training course. A Class A CDL is a graduation requirement for this program.  See the Course Description for TRAN 100 for a full explanation.

Please Note:  Students planning to obtain an AAS degree in Utilities Technology MUST complete the CDL requirement during their first year of enrollment.

Note: MTI recommends that applicants in the Power Line Construction & Maintenance program obtain a physical examination for their safety and protection.  Applicants to this program need to be able to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling of heavy materials.

A Note about Laptop Computers:  This program has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.  In a BYOD program you can purchase your own laptop or purchase one through MTI, but a laptop is required.  If you choose to purchase your own laptop or notebook computer from an outside vendor, there are minimum specifications available from the MTI Admissions office.  The exact cost is set after purchase bids have been finalized and can be purchased through the MTI Business office.

Gainful Employment Program
Gainful employment programs are those "that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Public institutions are required to disclose certain information for all programs that are Title IV eligible and that lead to certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates or specialist awards. Degree programs at all levels are not considered to be gainful employment programs.

Click here to view the disclosure information for Power Line Construction and Maintenance at MTI.

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MTI students training in the state-of-the-art Energy Training Center.

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