Combination Service Technician
Apprentice Line Technician
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According to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for career opportunities from this program is:
The utilities industry is one of the most technologically intensive segments of today’s economy. The utility worker who is well rounded with knowledge of different types of utilities will find success in many areas. MTI is addressing this industry need by combining the curricula of three existing programs to offer an AAS degree in Utilities Technology.
Students who complete a combination of two programs, Power Line Construction and Maintenance and Propane and Natural Gas Technologies, with the addition of a behavioral science elective (3 hours) will be awarded an AAS degree. A student may choose which program to complete first. Graduates of this program will find many employment opportunities as combination technicians for utility providers.
A Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is a graduation requirement for this program. Students are expected to conform to MTI’s Drug Testing Policy while enrolled in the CDL 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. See the Course Description for TRAN 100 for a full explanation.
Students planning to obtain an AAS degree in Utilities Technology MUST complete the CDL requirement during their first year of enrollment.
A student must successfully complete all technical courses in their first program (either Power Line or Propane/Natural Gas) before enrolling in the second program.
MTI recommends that applicants to this 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 special note about laptop computers:
This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, MTI requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from MTI. The cost for an MTI laptop averages about $1000. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program.
Whether it's Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your MTI laptop. And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an MTI laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.
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Placement and Wage Information
According to 2013 data, the placement rate for graduates in this program was 98%. Starting wages ranged as high as $26.73/hour.
|Program Tuition & Fees*
|(4 semester program/average tuition cost per semester, $4,324)
|Other Required Costs
|*All costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.