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Program Overview

Campus Location(s): Business & Technology
Program Coordinator: Susan Blaser, 816.604.5613
Detailed Program Info.: Utility Line Technician Brochure
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Degree and Certificate Awarded

How to Apply

Step 1: New cohorts of approximately 30 students are accepted into the yearlong program, which begins each June. This is a full-time, five-day-a-week program, so there is no opportunity for students to work during the day while in the program. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all forms and information required for admission are submitted by July 31.

Prerequisites for admission to the Electric Utility Line Technician Program include:

  • 1. General admission to Metropolitan Community College. Apply now
  • 2. Completion of high school or equivalent
  • 3. Take the Accuplacer placement test at the MCC-Business & Technology library or any MCC campus testing center. Visit the testing center website for dates and times and sample questions.
    • Students must place into the following areas or successfully complete the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program:
      • Reading: READ 100 or higher
      • English: ENGL 101
      • Math: MATH 103 or higher

The application process consists of:

  • 1. Completion of the Electric Utility Line Technician Program Application.  Please use Chrome or Firefox as your browser. Apply now.
  • 2. Current Resume
  • 3. Line Technician Interview
  • 4. Signed, Release, Assumption of Risk and Indemnification Agreement
  • 5. Personal Reference: Ask at least two people who know you well to complete the reference form (You can access this form on the Electric Utility Line Technician Program Application). Note: References cannot be relatives, and you will need to provide emails of your references.

To complete the application you will need your MCC Student ID Number and passwordYou will need to enter the  "S" in the front of your student ID number.

Creating Opportunities: Meet Brandon

From retail management to lineman. Brandon Orr moved from Los Angeles to Kansas City five years ago, the first in a series of changes that have improved his life. Brandon enrolled in the Lineman program in 2013, jumpstarting a career that includes his current position at Kansas City Power & Light. Read Brandon's success story.


The program, which only starts in the summer, begins with a one-year certificate. You can then go on to get an associate's degree for transfer. The program is fine tuned to meet real-world needs. Two utility companies, Kansas City Power & Light and Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, are on the MCC-BTC advisory board for course content.

What You'll Learn

You will learn to install and repair poles, conductors, cables and equipment used in electrical power and distribution systems. You also will learn to restore energy to homes and businesses during storms, identifying and repairing damaged equipment, poles and conductors.

What You'll Do and Where You'll Work

You can work as a power lineworker, journeyman lineworker, substation technician, cable splicer, utility worker and much more. Our alumni work at electrical utility companies across the region.

What You'll Make

Those who work in an apprenticeship (typically for the first four years at a utility company) make about $75,000 per year. Once you complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyman lineworker, you can make $100,000 or more per year.

See What It's Really Like

To see what it's really like, view our video featuring the "classroom" you'll be working in and students in the program.

If you want to find out if a career as a line technician is for you, start by taking the Center for Energy Workforce Development's career quiz. You should then contact an academic advisor at MCC-Business & Technology by calling 816.604.1000 to discuss your next steps.



Last Modified: 5/25/17