|Electrical Utility Lineman Training
Spring 2013 Graduates include:
Front Row (L-R) Jeremy Brown, Jon Holcomb, Riley Carson, Ralph Jackson, Jeremy Odie, Drew McMahon, Hunter Morgan
Back Row (L-R) Lead Instructor Joe Curtis Sims, Blaine Walker, Jonathon Kent, Jeff Lloyd, Justin Forest, Aubrey Smith, Jerry Cole, Chris Kelly, Jacob Scarborough, Instructor Randall Whitworth
MDCC's Capps Technology Center graduated its sixth class from the Electric Utility Lineman training program on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. This group trained hard and demonstrated their skills at the lineman competition on the MDCC campus on April 25. Because of the exceptional reputation of the program and the skills demonstrated at the competition, several of the trainees had accepted jobs before the course ended; some trainees even had multiple job offers!
The workforce training program is rigorous and intensive. It is a 16-week, hands-on program that prepares individuals for entry-level positions as linemen. In addition to perfecting their climbing skills, participants become proficient in various other lineman skills, while making safety their top priority. Trainees learn skills such as making connections of meter loops, transformers, transformer banking and other equipment on de-energized poles, along with framing and installation of poles and apparatus on the ground.
Students and employers alike place great value on the training. One of the recent graduates, Justin Forest of Moorhead stated, “I feel like this was an opportunity of a lifetime! I was able to get hands-on training for sixteen weeks that will lead to a long career as a lineman. The class is physically demanding, but it is worth the effort!” James Kenwright of Delta Electric Power Association expressed his enthusiasm over the program as well, “The MDCC Lineman School has been a huge asset to Delta EPA. We have experienced a substantial turnover in linemen due primarily to retirements. Since the MDCC Lineman School started, we have replaced almost all of our retiring linemen with Graduate Lineman Trainees from the MDCC school. So far, our retention rate is 100%. That’s significant in any industry.”
The next lineman training course begins January 2015. Interested individuals may contact John Conrad at 887-2876 ext. 14 for more information.
The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by November 20, 2014.
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