• Electrical Line Worker Technology

    Get the training you need for employment in the electric power industry, either with rural electric or municipal utilities or with private contractors. Our line worker program is nationally recognized, and our graduates are sought out within the industry.

Electrical Line Worker Technology

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Electrical Line Worker Technology

M State's Electrical Line Worker Technology program provides both 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, and the Electrical Line Worker diploma is offered at our satellite location in the northern Minnesota community of Baudette.

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.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Install electrical structures
  • Interpret trade specifications and drawings
  • Install overhead and underground distribution systems
  • Demonstrate competent climbing abilities andaerial 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




ELW students win 3rd in Powerline Rodeo

April 6, 2018

A team from M State's Electrical Line Worker Technology program won 3rd place in the 2018 National College Powerline Rodeo, held this year at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb.

M State students competed in both physical events and a written exam against 150 other line worker students from colleges in Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.

M State offers its Electrical Line Worker Technology program on its Wadena campus and at its training site in the northern Minnesota community of Baudette. Last year's M State team, competing for the first time in the national competition, won 2nd place.


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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Electrical Line Worker Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Wadena

Electrical Line Worker Technology Diploma
Locations: Baudette, Wadena

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Meet the faculty

Wayne Dykhoff

Electrical Line Worker Faculty
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Jeremy Hensel

Electrical Line Worker Faculty
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Monte Scheller

Electrical Line Worker Faculty
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Grant Walton

Electrical Line Worker Faculty, Baudette Site

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Electrical Line Worker: Wadena Location


Required Electrical Line Worker courses for the AAS degree

  • Electrical Line Worker Theory I and II
  • Electrical Structure Installation
  • Climbing Electrical Structure
  • Construction of Overhead Structures
  • Transformers
  • Line Construction Reports
  • Pole Top and Bucket Rescue
  • Field Construction I and II



M State's Electrical Line Worker Technology program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer into MSUM's bachelor's degree programs in Operations Management and Construction Management.
Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.

Last modified: May 7th, 2018 at 02:22pm