FLINT, Michigan -- Mott Community College’s Workforce and Economic Development Department has partnered with Consumers Energy to be a training site for the Electric Lineworker Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program.
The program prepares students for careers as electrical power-line installers and repairers, working on cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems and may also include erecting poles and light- or heavy-duty transmission towers.
“Many people rely on electrical power line installers and repairers every day,” said Robert Matthews, Associate Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development, in a news release. “This career field is growing, with more than 100 job openings each year, and a pay range of $60,000+ annually.”
The program requires eight steps and a three-month time commitment to complete (NOTE: completion of the program doe not guarantee employment with Consumers Energy). The steps are:
- Enroll in the MCC EMPOWER program online or by calling (810) 232-2555;
- Take the four foundational bundle courses at MCC: Energy Industry Fundamentals; Industrial Safety; Basic Electricity; Linework Physical Fitness;
- Attend a Consumers Energy information session;
- Complete an online profile for the EMPOWER program through Consumers Energy;
- Submit current driving record and complete drug screening;
- Attend two Consumers Energy climbing clinics (must be 18 or older);
- Attend and pass a Consumers Energy three-day orientation; and
- Attend and pass a Consumers Energy 11-week climb school.