This course is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of basic electricity, proper pole climbing techniques, proper use and care of PPE, safe work practices, basic knowledge of the function of the power grid and general knowledge necessary to prepare them for a career in the electrical linework industry. The course will combine classroom time and field work in the outdoor lab at the CNM Rio Rancho campus with a strong emphasis on outdoor lab work.
Students will receive training necessary to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License and will be required to obtain their Class A CDL as a prerequisite to receiving program certification. Students will also be required to complete an internship in the electric utility industry as a prerequisite to receiving program certification.
The pre-apprentice program consists of three phases:
- hands-on lab, and
Learn From an Industry Pro
Kevin Dunlap is lead instructor for the Lineworker Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Mr. Dunlap spent 33 years at Central NM Electrical Cooperative. He started with digging holes and moved up to be a linemen apprentice, journeymen, supervisor and was the operations manager for the cooperative when he retired. He is well respected within the industry and is known as a great trainer.
588 hours plus 240 hours internship.
Good attitude, ability to perform physical work in an outdoor setting in all types of weather, ability to stoop, bend and lift loads up 50 pounds. Critical thinking skills and a good understanding of basic mathematical calculations.
- Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of:
- Safety, including general safety practices, industry specific safety practices, APPA safety manual, care and use of Personal Protective Equipment and first aid.
- Basic Electricity, including Ohms Law, basic circuits and electrical math calculations.
- Pole Climbing, including use and care of climbing equipment, proper use of fall arrest equipment, determining the condition of a pole prior to climbing and pole top rescue.
- The electric system, including sources of generation, functions of a substation, determining voltage levels, methods of transforming energy from one form to another, identification of different types of apparatus and their basic function.
- Transformers, including types, polarity, vectors, connections and banking.
- Basic groundman skills, including proper use and care of handlines, ropes and rigging, knot tying, pole framing, reading staking sheets and reading and understanding spec books.
- Basic Lineman skills, including pole setting, stringing and sagging conductors, application of pre-formed ties, application of armor rod and grounding.
Provided With the Course:
Many of your supplies and materials will be provided for you, including:
- Tools and a toolbag
- Gloves and eye protection
- Climbing gear, including boots, provided around week three-four
You’ll need to bring:
- Appropriate close-toed shoes (until boots are provided)
- Appropriate clothing for working outdoors. Jeans or good work pants are a must, long sleeve shirts are recommended
- Paper, writing utensils, calculator for in-classroom work
- Lunch – there are very few lunch spots near the Rio Rancho Campus. We recommend bringing your lunch
- First class starts March 25th
Funds are available for tuition and fees for the first class. See information below.
Slots are limited and will be filled in order of application filing. Be the first to apply to secure your spot
To be considered for the program, you must complete this interest form
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