Power and Trades Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship: Overhead Lineman Certificate of Achievement (Certificate of Achievement, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement

Program Description


Introduces the fundamentals of the theory, skills, and knowledge of the operation and maintenance of overhead electrical distribution systems. Electrical theory application for various distribution line construction and overhead line configurations, energizing and de-energizing techniques, troubleshooting, and grounding of overhead circuits are explored. Single and three phase distribution transformer applications are discussed. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to identify and demonstrate personal and electrical safety procedures utilized in overhead distribution switching, isolating, testing and diagnostic applications. Overhead service and power quality issues are analyzed in relation to balanced loading and overall customer satisfaction.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Create an electrical schematic diagram, identifying how connections are made from source to load, including power conductors, single/three phase transformers and switches, and various line protective devices.*
  2. Identify various types of overhead switching equipment including procedures utilized for isolating and in-line replacement.
  3. Identify safe isolation for work and maintenance of distribution overhead line equipment, and explain how they can be isolated utilizing appropriate test equipment.
  4. Define the concepts of lock-out, switching, and tagging, and the proper documentation needed when working on high voltage equipment.
  5. Define sources of electrical and physical hazards at a transformer installation site, and methods of current /voltage protection for working on associated equipment.*
  6. Create an operating sequence for switching to reroute power and isolate a portion of an overhead distribution circuit.
Career Opportunities
  • Overhead lineman
  • Overhead contract lineman coordinator
  • Field service representatives
  • Storm assessment personnel.

Occupational Exposure/Risk

High Voltage Electrical and Physical Hazards (shock, falling/tripping). All personal protection equipment (safety glasses, gloves, steel toe boots, fire retardant clothing, insulating tools, etc.) must be properly utilized to prevent injury, exposure, and/or death.

Program Completion Limits

2 years

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Eligibility

Students must apply for entry into the Power and Trades Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship: Overhead Lineman certificate. Applications to the program are available in the School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development Office. Students undecided of which Pre-Apprenticeship program they may be interested in should select the Power and Trades Pathways Core Certificate and meet with a subject matter expert in the School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development.

Program Requirements

Required Support Courses
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Spring 2018 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.