electrical lineworker

15-week program

about the electrical lineworker program

The objective of the Electrical Lineworker Program (ELP) is to provide the opportunity for students to embark on a meaningful and rewarding career in the electrical line work industry. This is accomplished by providing training methods that have proven to be extremely effective in preparing students to be highly successful employees.

total cost for elp


Tuition – $14,855 | Application Fee – $150 | Lab Fee – $750 | Training Manual – $225 | Boots & Tools – $2,800 | Class A CDL – $1,995

average salary


Average salary comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

financial aid

smart option loan

Southeast Lineman Training Center offers student loans through Sallie Mae’s Smart Option Loan. 100% of Tuition, fees and living expenses are covered with the smart option loan.

Do not apply for this loan until you’ve been accepted at SLTC.

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workforce innovation
and opportunity act

This federal government program allows individuals who are unemployed or underemployed to receive funds for retraining. The amount of tuition coverage will vary depending on your circumstances. Find out if you qualify by visiting your local unemployment office also known as a “One-Stop Center” or Career Center.

trade act
assistance program

This federal program provides financial assistance to those who are unemployed due to layoffs and plant closers. Qualification depends on your specific circumstance. Those who qualify are typically covered for 100% of retraining costs. Find out if you qualify by visiting your local unemployment office also known as a “One-Stop Center” or Career Center.

veterans of
the armed services

SLTC is approved to certify veterans for G.I. Bill Post 9/11 benefits, which pays up to 100% of program cost and housing. Once you graduate from SLTC and enroll into an apprenticeship program you are eligible for continued VA benefits through the On-the-Job or Apprenticeship Training Program along with also receiving a salary from your employer.

local bank or personal loan

Most of our students use a bank loan or personally fund their education. Contact your local bank or credit union to see if you qualify to obtain a personal loan to cover your tuition and fees for the Electrical Lineworker Program.

apply for scholarships

Looking for more opportunities for assistance in paying for school? We have curated a list of potential scholarships over on our scholarships page!

industry outlook


The electric power industry plays a critical role in our society on many levels. It advances the nation’s economic growth and productivity; promotes business development and expansion; and provides solid employment opportunities to American workers. It is a robust and growing industry that contributes to the progress and prosperity of our nation.


As technology increases, it will require the industry to keep up with demand for power usage, which is projected to increase 23% by 2040. The industry needs a larger workforce.


A successful completion of our Electrical Lineworker Program by students results in graduates that will be qualified for a variety of positions including but not limited to the following:

  • Apprentice Lineworker
  • Electrical Power-Line Installers & Repairers
  • Telecommunications
  • Meter Reading & Testing
  • Groundman / Helper
  • Warehouse Personnel
  • Crane and Equipment Operator
  • Electricians

training environment

Here at SLTC, we pride ourselves in providing a training environment that closely mimics real-life work scenarios and puts an emphasis on crew life. During their time in the pole circle and field training, students learn to rely on each other to get the job completed effectively and, most importantly, safely.

pole circle pride

Training is completed in a 21 person Pole Circle (PC), each with their own unique identity. Pole Circle training is meant to replicate crew life, emphasizing teamwork, accountability, and trust amongst your crew. You are your brother’s keeper.

learning style

Training hours in our Electrical Lineworker Program consist of 320 field hours and 180 classroom hours. Linework is best learned with hands-on experience, so most of your time will be spent outside developing your skills.

the instructors

We have over 30 full time instructors on staff, each with a passion for passing on their knowledge of the trade. Each instructor dedicates their time to helping you become the best you can be. Each with their own unique teaching style, our instructors are industry professional with years of experience, ready to show you the ropes

what you’ll learn

Through our hands-on training environment, students will be taught skills in four categories: climbing, power line construction, equipment operations, and academics. The Electrical Lineworker Program consists of 320 field training hours and 180 classroom hours, for a combined 500 hours of premier pre-apprentice training. In only 15 weeks, we will equip you with the Knowledge, Discipline, and Ability to pursue a successful career in the electrical utility industry.




During the first five weeks of training, students are taught how to safely climb and maneuver in elevated positions on wooden poles. These skills directly translate to the day-to-day roles of an electrical lineman.


power line construction

Power Line Construction

Students are taught how to safely build and maintain all aspects of power line construction. We teach the fundamentals of electrical concepts in a safe, controlled training environment.

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equipment operation

equipment operation

The use of equipment is a vital part of the educational journey. Students will learn how to operate a digger derrick, bucket truck, and crane operation while following safe worksite protocol.




While our program does focus heavily on outdoor field training, academic studies lays the foundation for safe work. Each of our courses are base level, and will teach introductory information to be built upon during your training.


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classes & certifications

Throughout the 15-week journey of becoming a lineworker, we work to provide you with all the necessary classes and certifications that will make you stand out to future employers. See below the full list of training, certifications, and skills that we provide:

academic training

  • Electrical Systems
  • Basic Transformers
  • Basic Electricity
  • Personal Protective Grounding
  • Rigging Fundamentals
  • Career Planning & Strategies
  • Metering
  • Underground Distribution

certifications & skills

  • Climbing
  • OSHA 10 Hour ET&D
  • First Aid/CPR
  • NSC Flagger Certification
  • Pole-Top, Bucket Truck Rescue
  • Class A CDL License
  • Digger Derrick Qualification
  • NCCER Crane Certification

start your journey now

Don’t wait! Our classes fill fast and you don’t want to miss your opportunity to be a lineworker.

elp schedule 2023/24


Class 71 (FULL)
May 4 – Registration and 1st Day
May 29 – Memorial Day
July 4 – Independence Day
Aug 16 – Rodeo and Graduation

FALL 2023

Class 72 (ENROLLING)
Aug 31 – Registration and 1st Day
Sept 4 – Labor Day
Nov 23 – Thanksgiving
Dec 14 – Rodeo and Graduation


Class 73 (ENROLLING)
Jan 4 – Registration and 1st Day 
April 18 – Rodeo and Graduation

do you have
what it takes?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning date of enrollment.
  • Must provide a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license from state in which you reside.
  • Must pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination and have the physician sign SLTC’s Doctor’s Release Form.

rodeo & graduation

SLTC hosts a rodeo and graduation for each ELP class. The rodeo gives students the opportunity to showcase everything they have learned in their 15 weeks here.

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