Electric Utility Line Technician

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Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Location(s):Business & Technology
Program Coordinator:Susan Blaser, 816.604.5613

  1. How long does it take to earn a certificate or degree?
    After completing the 12-month certificate, the 18 additional credits required for the A.A.S. degree can be completed in one or two semesters.
  2. How much does it cost?

    MCC is a great value. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the area - about 1/3 that of public four-year schools and a tiny fraction of private colleges. We offer many ways to pay plus a tuition payment plan to make it even easier to afford college.

    Calculate your estimated tuition cost here.

  3. Will my credits transfer to other colleges or universities?

    The AAS degree will transfer to the University of Central Missouri's Industrial Technology 2+2 bachelor of science degree program. Check with an advisor for more transfer information.

  4. Can the skills I've developed on the job count toward my certificate or degree?
    No, work experience does not count towards college credit in this program. In order to complete the Electric Utility Line Tech Program you must take all required classes.
  5. Which companies hire program graduates?
    Any Electric Utility company in the United States that offers an apprenticeship program. See an Academic Advisor for more information.
  6. What does it take to succeed in this work?
    Some of the personal characteristics needed for this career:
    • Physical Ability: Must be physically fit and able to lift at least 75 pounds on a regular basis. Certain aspects of electrical linework require lifting, pulling and holding heavy wires and other objects. There is also a lot of stooping and standing for long stretches.
    • Patience: You will be working with intricate parts wearing gloves and sometimes with a time limit. You have to remain cool, work steady and get the job done professionally.
    • Punctuality/work ethic: The day often starts early ends late - especially during storm duty. Line crews need people they can depend on to be on time and there every day to keep things moving along and get the job done in a reasonable time frame.
    • Leadership: A take-charge attitude is also needed after you move up to become a Journeyman Lineman. You will be in charge of the others and have to make sure the job is done. A firm, commanding attitude and good leadership skills are necessary.
    • Self-Control: You will need to be calm, focused and composed even in adverse situations and be able to control emotions, anger and aggressive behavior.
    • Stress Tolerance: Ability to accept criticism and being able to deal rationally with stressful situations.
    • Mathematical aptitude: Some algebra plus regular math skill is required. You will also be asked to read prints.
  7. What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC?
    MCC delivers the most cost-effective technical career preparation in Kansas City, MO. We are a publicly funded college with quality programs and full accreditation.
    • You'll experience hands - on field work and an interactive learning environment.
    • We keep classes small for personal instruction.
    • State-of-the-art equipment - the same tools that you'll find in industry.
    • Instructors are industry professionals.
    • The power industry needs qualified candidates - our graduates meet this need.
Last Modified: 5/21/14