Electrical Line Worker Technology

Our Electrical Line Worker Technology program will prepare you with the training you need for employment in the electric power industry, with rural electric or municipal utilities or with private contractors.


WDS iconM State's Electrical Line Worker Technology program provides theory courses and hands-on experience in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. Both the AAS and diploma programs are offered on our Wadena campus.

Our 90-acre training site adjacent to the Wadena campus allows students to practice pole climbing, line construction and bucket-truck operation. Coursework for the AAS degree includes electrical math, national electrical safety codes, construction of overhead and underground distribution systems, conductor applications, over-voltage and over-current protection, guying and pole grounding.

An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.

Articulation agreements with Minnesota State University Moorhead allow graduates of M State's Electrical Line Worker Technology program to transfer into MSUM's bachelor's degree program in Operations Management.

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Install electrical structures
  • Interpret trade specifications and drawings
  • Install overhead and underground distribution systems
  • Demonstrate competent climbing abilities and aerial rescue procedures
  • Demonstrate professional safety practices, including certification in first aid and CPR
  • Install fusing, lightning protection devices, transformers and related electrical equipment
  • Apply the National Electric Safety Code

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