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Electrical Power Distribution Overview

Interested in an outdoor career? Like the thought of climbing structures and troubleshooting electrical problems? CVTC offers a one-year Electrical Power Distribution program. This program is quick, the tuition is reasonable, and the earning potential is strong. Electrify your future!

In CVTC’s Electrical Power Distribution courses you will:

  • Study and apply fundamentals of electrical theory
  • Install powerline equipment such as: fuses, circuit breakers, transformers, and lightning arresters
  • Operate hydraulic equipment such as: a bucket and digger derrick, digger/derrick truck, and trencher/backhoes
  • Climb distribution and transmission structures
  • Build and maintain overhead and underground power lines
  • Tie rope knots and make rope splices
  • Perform hotline maintenance

You will gain the following skills:

  • Apply electrical theory
  • Use protective equipment
  • Operate hydraulic equipment
  • Maintain power lines
  • Perform hotline maintenance
  • Perform first aid, CPR, and AED

Career Opportunities

Aerial Groundman

Apprentice Lineman

Fiber Optic Technician


Substation Electrician Apprentice

Underground Laborer

Graduate Employers

Barron Electric Cooperative

Brink Constructors Inc

IBEW Missouri Valley

Jump River Electric

Rice Lake Utilities

Taylor Electric

Just the Facts

Electrical Power Distribution
35 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

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Program Location //
Eau Claire

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 Estimated Total: $9,338

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Electrical Power Distribution program.

Basic Line Construction Lab
This course introduces the student to power line construction techniques including staking/overhead line design, overhead structure specifications, overhead distribution line construction, and stringing/sagging overhead line conductors.

Electric Line Apparatus
This course introduces the student to electrical power line apparatus such as; over current equipment, voltage regulators, and kilowatt hour meters.

Advanced Line Construction Lab
Students will learn and use advanced levels of topics such as; aerial climbing, rope knots and splices, electrical connectors, electrical test equipment, as well as hand tools.

Electrical Power Distribution Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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96% of our recent Electrical Power Distribution graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Electrical Power Distribution graduates reported an average starting salary of $55,705.


Regional Jobs

There are 15 job openings in the CVTC district for the Electrical Power Distribution industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

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Focus On Student Success

I learned early in life that I couldn’t work inside. I had friends and family in the electric power industry and they inspired me to do this. It’s something I wanted to do most of my life.

James, Electrical Power Distribution Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.


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Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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