• Electrical Line Worker Technology

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Electrical Line Worker Technology

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Electrical Line Worker Technology

M State's Electrical Line Worker Technology program provides both theory courses and hands-on experience in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. Both the AAS and diploma programs are offered on our Wadena campus, and the Electrical Line Worker diploma is offered at our satellite location in the northern Minnesota community of Baudette.

Our 90-acre training site adjacent to the Wadena campus allows students to practice pole climbing, line construction and bucket-truck operation. Coursework for the AAS degree includes electrical math, national electrical safety codes, construction of overhead and underground distribution systems, conductor applications, over-voltage and over-current protection, guying and pole grounding.

An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Install electrical structures
  • Interpret trade specifications and drawings
  • Install overhead and underground distribution systems
  • Demonstrate competent climbing abilities andaerial rescue procedures
  • Demonstrate professional safety practices, including certification in first aid and CPR
  • Install fusing, lightning protection devices, transformers and related electrical equipment
  • Apply the National Electric Safety Code




Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Scholarships available
  • Strong electrical power industry support
  • Instructors have extensive industry experience
  • High placement rate for Electrical Line Worker graduates


ELW students win 2nd in Powerline Rodeo

April 8, 2017

Four teams of M State Electrical Line Worker Technology students won second place overall at the national 2017 College Powerline Rodeo.

The competition, held April 6-7 on the Western Nebraska Community College campuses in Scottsbluff and Alliance, featured 35 college teams competing in three physical events and a written exam that tested the students' industry skills.

Winning first place in the hurt man team competition and second place in the written exam were the M State team of Noah Haaland of Monticello, Kyle Krueger of Big Lake and Ryan Filek of Maple Lake, along with alternate Walker Landa of Bemidji.

M State's Joshua Hofmann of Fort Ripley won second place in the individual hurt man rescue competition.

Also competing for M State were Ethan Orlando of Verndale; Tanen Holzem of Elk River; Ian Willborg of Blackduck; Dustin Sepin of Boy River; Matthew Roberts of Becida; Daniel Grebinoski of St. Joseph; Cole Mertens of Olivia; and William Nelson of Bemidji.

M State offers its Electrical Line Worker Technology program on its Wadena campus and at its training site in the northern Minnesota community of Baudette. This was the first time students in the program have participated in the national competition.


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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Electrical Line Worker Technology Diploma
Locations: Baudette, Wadena

Electrical Line Worker Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Wadena

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Meet the faculty

Wayne Dykhoff

Electrical Line Worker Instructor
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Jeremy Hensel

Electrical Line Worker Faculty
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Monte Scheller

Electrical Line Worker Faculty
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Grant Walton

Electrical Line Worker Faculty, Baudette Site

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Electrical Line Worker: Wadena Location

Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer regional wage

Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's Electrical Linework Technology program will have employment opportunities as Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairers.

Description: Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Wadena

data source: Career Coach


Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer employment

1,046 Employed in your area

68 Estimated annual job openings

149 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 117 11%
25-34 283 27%
35-44 238 23%
45-54 259 25%
55-64 140 13%
65+ 9 1%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Required Electrical Line Worker courses for the AAS degree

  • Electrical Line Worker Theory I and II
  • Electrical Structure Installation
  • Climbing Electrical Structure
  • Construction of Overhead Structures
  • Transformers
  • Line Construction Reports
  • Pole Top and Bucket Rescue
  • Field Construction I and II



M State's Electrical Line Worker Technology program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer into MSUM's bachelor's degree programs in Operations Management and Construction Management.
Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.

Last modified: September 15th, 2017 at 01:38pm