Lineworker (Electrical)

LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Delivery method: On campus
Program begins: Summer

Program Description

BSC’s Lineworker program educates students to become skilled apprentice lineworkers. Instruction includes classroom study and indoor and outdoor laboratory work at the 20-acre facility north of Mandan. Students gain intensive training in all facets of power line construction, maintenance and equipment operation, including state-of-the-art technology. Coursework includes applied and fundamental electrical distribution, basic electricity, safety, electrical apparatus, transformers and rope and rigging. A class of 54 students enrolls each year. Enrollees have access to all student facilities on the BSC campus.

Preparation

One year of high school algebra or one semester of college algebra, basic computer literacy, and good written and oral communication skills is helpful. Electrical lineworkers should be in good physical condition for outdoor work in all types of weather. Shift work and overtime hours are common. A commercial driver’s license (Class A) is required by the industry. A commercial driver’s permit (Class A with air brakes) is required for LNWK 113.

Students must meet all Federal Medical Requirements in 49 CFR 391. Some of the medical conditions which may disqualify an individual are: 1) heart condition, 2) hearing impairment, 3) worse than 20/40 visual acuity in either eye, 4) diabetes controlled with insulin, 5) epilepsy, 6) loss of or loss of the use of a limb or 7) seizure disorder requiring anti-seizure medication.

Prospective students should be prepared for the physical demands of entry-level technician positions. Typical industry requirements include passing a physical exam, which may entail lifting 50+ pounds, climbing ladders, and working in confined spaces or heights. Job applicants also may be required to pass a drug screen and eye exam, including the ability to distinguish between colors accurately.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements receive a Program Certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree.

Required program entrance scores:

  • ACCUPLACER:  Math - 40 (elementary algebra), Writeplacer - 3
  • ACT:  English – 15, Math – 15
  • COMPASS:  Math – 33 (pre-algebra), English - 59

Special Costs

A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC. Students are required to take three weeks of classes in June (Introduction to Climbing Techniques and Introduction to Equipment Operations) before admittance to the program to increase familiarity and security in climbing poles. A doctor’s examination, drug test and clear driving record is required after acceptance into the program.

Career Opportunities

A career as an electrical lineworker offers men and women the prospect of good wages, dependable and often strong job demand, and opportunity to work in any of nearly 3,100 public utilities across the United States. Job markets include rural electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and government utilities.

Additional Information

Credits from this program may be applied to BSC’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) in Energy Management, offered entirely online. The BAS is designed for individuals interested in supervisory and management positions in the energy industry. The BAS builds on the foundation laid in an AAS degree and includes general education classes, core management courses, and energy specific management courses.

BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence was designated as the National Power Plant Operations Technology and Education Center by U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman in 2007. This official designation recognizes BSC as the premier national center of education and training for operators and technicians in the energy industry.

Contact

701-224-5651 or 800-852-5685
bsc.energy@bismarckstate.edu

LNWK 100. Introduction to Climbing Techniques

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SUMMER
The course enables students to learn basic 100% fall protection climbing techniques required to be a lineworker. Students will also learn how to use assorted lineworker tools, handlines creating various knots, and installing crossarms at the 30 foot level.

LNWK 101. Applied Electrical Distribution

Credits: 5
Typically Offered: FALL
This is a lab course in which students will learn to climb and work on poles, dig holes, set and frame poles, string, armor rod, tie and sag conductors, and build single-phase lines.circuits.

LNWK 104. Introduction to Truck Driving Techniques

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: SUMMER
This is an online course setup to prepare lineworker students to take and receive a Class A CDL permit from the state of North Dakota.

LNWK 108. Truck Driving Simulator Training

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course is designed to give lineworker students tractor trailer simulator instruction on specific driving techniques, defensive driving tips in preparation for the behind the wheel training, pre-trip, and practical examination.

LNWK 110. Equipment Operations

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SUMMER
A mix of classroom training and outdoor lab work studying the safe and efficient operation of digger derricks, skid steer loaders w/attachments, backhoes, trenchers and bucket trucks.

LNWK 113. Truck Driving Techniques

Credits: 1
Prerequisites: LNWK 104 and a drug screening test and insurable driving record is required.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course is designed to give students behind-the-wheel truck driving skills. The skills obtained in this class will help prepare students for the North Dakota Department of Transportation Commercial Drivers License.

LNWK 125. Applied Electrical Distribution I

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: LNWK 100.
Typically Offered: FALL
A five credit, eight week lab course in which students will apply pole climbing skills acquired in LNWK 100. Tasks will include single circuit line staking, setting, and aerial framing poles, stringing, grounding, sagging and dead-ending conductors.

LNWK 130. Applied Electrical Distribution II

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: LNWK 125.
Typically Offered: FALL
A five credit eight week lab course in which students will apply skills acquired in LNWK 100 and LNWK 125. Tasks will include but not be limited to setting, and aerial framing poles, stringing, grounding, sagging, dead-ending, armor rodding and clipping conductors on single and multi-circuit systems.

LNWK 140. Electrical Distribution Overhead

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
The course includes the principles to function as a lineworker. Course includes climbing equipment, poles, pole guying, conductors, insulators, proper grounding of equipment, personal protective grounding, and proper use of equipment and tools as well as related safety to accomplish the above.

LNWK 150. Basic Electricity DC and AC

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Study of the fundamentals of basic electricity. Subjects include DC and AC theory, Ohm's law and circuit calculations, reactance and power factor, and related math skills.

LNWK 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

LNWK 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

LNWK 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

LNWK 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

LNWK 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

LNWK 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

LNWK 210. Fundamentals of Electrical Distribution I

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: LNWK 130.
Typically Offered: SPRING
LNWK 210 is a four credit eight week lab course in which the students will continue to discover and master transmission and distribution circuit construction and maintenance skills.

LNWK 220. Fundamentals of Electrical Distribution II

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: LNWK 210.
Typically Offered: SPRING
LNWK 220 is a four credit eight week lab course in which the students will continue to discover and master transmission, distribution and URD construction and maintenance skills.

LNWK 230. Electrical Distribution Underground

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: LNWK 140.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The course includes the principles needed to function as a lineworker. Course includes URD cable procedures, distribution transformer installation, work procedures for overhead and underground construction, and related safety to accomplish the above.

LNWK 240. Electrical Apparatus and Transformers

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: LNWK 150.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Study of the fundamentals of power line apparatus. Subjects include transformer theory and connections, substation and switchyard functions, single circuit meter installation, basic understanding of current and potential transformers when used in metering applications. Also included is the basic understanding of voltage regulators, line fuses, line switches and oil circuit reclosers.

LNWK 260. Rope and Rigging

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students learn and practice knot tying and splicing. Also included are the study of rope characteristics, different uses of rope, and basic rigging techniques.

LNWK 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

LNWK 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

LNWK 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

LNWK 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

LNWK 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.