MCC-Business & Technology
Susan Blaser, 816.604.5613
Detailed Program Information:
Degree and Certificate Awarded
About the program
This is a full-time year-long program that begins each June. New cohorts of approximately 35 students are accepted. Applications will open July 1st and will be accepted until all seats in the program have been filled for the next summer class. Early applications will receive priority status during the review process.
Creating Opportunities: Meet Cole
A graduate of Lathrop High School, Cole Riffle balanced the Lineman program, a nearly full-time job, and caring for family members to pursue a career in line work. In the process he made a mark on his classmates and the MCC-Business & Technology campus while jumpstarting his career. Read Cole's success story.
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.