Powerline

Powerline

Powerline General Info

Powerline installers construct and maintain electrical overhead and underground powerlines in this challenging out-of-doors career. As a student, you receive training in a 40-acre outdoor laboratory as well as in the classroom. You learn to climb, set, and remove various sized poles; frame structures; install conductors and street lights; install underground cable; trim trees; and operate trucks along with various equipment. In conjunction with the hands-on experience, you learn about electrical concepts and theory, construction techniques, transmission and distribution systems, safety, materials, and hardware. In addition, you learn communication skills and earn a First Aid Certificate. You also have the opportunity to earn a Class A Commercial Driver’s License.

Before entering this exciting program, you should consider whether you meet the general occupational and program work requirements: lift at least 80 pounds, have manipulative skills to work in awkward positions to accomplish tasks, work in both extremely hot and cold weather, work in a team environment, and meet manufacturer’s weight limit restrictions for various pieces of equipment (350 pound maximum weight), physically operate standard industry equipment, and ascend and descend from various heights.

Powerline work is safety sensitive so you are required to submit to a drug and alcohol screening in your first term of the program. You are required to comply with the College’s Student Procedure for Drug & Alcohol Testing. You are also subject to a random selection program while enrolled in the program. This testing is similar to what is done in industry.

One year of high school algebra is recommended.

Award

  • Diploma

Length

  • Two Semesters & One Summer Term
  • Summer & Fall semester entry

Student Profile

  • Analytical
  • Desire to succeed
  • Good communicator

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Requirements for this program

FALL ENTRY  
FALL SEMESTER19
PWL168-CDC Theory2
PWL169-CAC Theory2
PWL170-CField Training I4
PWL172-CField Training II4
PWL189-CPL Trade Fundamentals I2
PWL190-CPL Trade Fundamentals II2
ElectiveMath**3
SPRING SEMESTER18
PWL174-CField Training III4
PWL176-CField Training IV4
FWL191-CTransformers & Connections4
PWL183-CLine Maintenance3
ElectiveCommunications*3
SUMMER TERM10
PWL178-CField Training V4
PWL182-CUnderground Distribution3
PWL186-CTransmission and Distribution3
Required for Graduation
SDV135-CJob Seeking Skills1
SUMMER ENTRY
SUMMER TERM11
PWL168-CDC Theory2
PWL170-CField Training I4
PWL189-CPowerline Trade Fundamentals I2
ElectiveMath**3
FALL SEMESTER16
PWL169-CAC Theory2
PWL172-CField Training II4
PWL174-CField Training III4
PWL190-CPowerline Trade Fundamentals II2
PWL191-CTransformers & Connections4
SPRING SEMESTER20
PWL176-CField Training IV4
PWL178-CField Training V4
PWL182-CUnderground Distribution3
PWL183-CLine Maintenance3
PWL186-CTransmission and Distribution3
ElectiveCommunications*3
Required for Graduation
SDV135-CJob Seeking Skills1

CDL Recommended
*You may select any communications course with an A or E suffix.
**You may take MAT104-C or any math course with an A or E suffix.

More Information

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit nwicc.edu/compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates of the Powerline program are in demand by electrical utilities, rural electric cooperatives, municipals, and construction companies. The employment opportunities for powerline installers are excellent across the country, and those applicants with formal training typically have higher starting salaries and greater opportunity for advancement within the industry. NCC’s placement rates are almost 100%, over 30% of students get jobs before graduation.
Average starting salary has been around $22/hour.
Class time is split about 50/50 between lecture in the classroom and the hands-on time outdoors on the poles.
It is the only Powerline program in Iowa. NCC also offers an option for a Powerline Technology degree (Associate of Applied Science).

Student Story Daniel Fritz

“A degree from NCC means something to employers. The instructors are knowledgable and show you how to do something and tell you WHY you are doing it a certain way.”

Powerline student
Richland, IA

Powerline - Student

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

Aaron J. Dvorak

Gary Morris

Lee Van Kley

Bryce Anderson

Tuition & Financial Aid