The program, which only starts once a year in the summer, begins with a one-year certificate. You can then get an associate degree (with four additional classes) for transfer.

The program is fine-tuned to meet real-world needs. Representatives from Evergy (formerly KCP& L), Independence Power & Light and Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative are on the MCC-Blue River advisory board to assist with course content.

The lineman program is a full-time, year-long program beginning in June, where approximately 40 new cohort students are accepted. The application deadline is April 1. However, there is no guarantee that a spot will be open until then. Applicants are required to attend one of three evaluation camps during the selection process into the program.

  • Applicants from August, September and October will attend the November session.
  • November, December and January applicants will attend the February session.
  • January, February, March and April applicants will attend the April session.

Early applications will receive priority status during the review process. Applications may continue to be accepted until all seats in the program have been filled for the next summer class.

Once accepted you will be sized for your climbing belt provided by MCC. The student is required to purchase their own climbing boots and will receive a discount from West Coast Boots for this purchase.

What you'll learn

You will learn to install and remove poles, conductors, cables and equipment used in electrical power and distribution systems. You also will learn to build single stations and three phase transformer banks off of the pole.

Application information

Applications accepted August 1 to April 1 to start the program in the summer semester. The application period ends at 4:00 p.m. the last day of the application period.


Admission criteria to the program is subject to change without notice. If changes are made to the admission criteria, the applicant will need to meet all requirements that are in effect at the time of application.

Successful completion of the requirements necessary for admission to the program does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Career and salary information

Visit the MoSCORES website for information on MCC's programs, including length, credit hours, and wage and employment data. Search Metropolitan Community College. Note: The historical data listed is informational and can vary based on the number of credit hours students earn, local wage conditions and other factors.

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 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.

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. If you are interested, contact an academic advisor at MCC-Blue River by calling 816.604.1000 to discuss next steps.

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