If you enjoy working outdoors and like solving problems with both your head and your hands, the Electrical Power Distribution Program might be a good match for you. Graduates of this program are helping to keep our country's electrical distribution network in good working order and expanding the network to provide better service.
The program includes instruction in the fundamentals of electrical theory. Through classroom and outdoor lab activities you'll learn the skills you need to succeed in this career area:
- Operate line equipment
- Climb distribution and transmission structures
- Build and maintain overhead and underground power lines
- Install transformers, capacitors, and KWH meters
- Tie rope knots and make rope splices
- Perform hotline maintenance
You'll learn how to use protective equipment such as fuses, circuit breakers, and lightning arrestors. You'll operate hydraulic equipment such as aerial lift trucks, digger/derrick trucks, and trencher/backhoes. You'll receive training in performing first aid, CPR, and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). And since you'll need a commercial driver's license to haul equipment, a three-credit Class "A" CDL course is included in the program.
To succeed, you'll need good reading and math skills. As a student, you'll be subject to random controlled substance and alcohol testing. As an employee, you'll need a good driving record.
It's a rewarding, challenging career area. This could be the educational program you're looking for!