COVID-19 resources and updates. GET THE LATEST
Home / Continuing Education / Job Training / Construction Careers / Electrical Lineworker

Electrical Lineworker

The Electrical Lineworker Training Program is a 10-week course designed to prepare you for a challenging, interesting and HIGH PAYING career as an electrical lineman.

At the CFCC Electrical Lineworker Training Program you will learn the skillres and knowledge required of an apprentice lineman:

  • Setting & climbing poles
  • Installing cross arms, hardware, lines & transformers
  • Using tools & equipment of the trade through field experience
  • Overhead & underground construction practices
  • Electric theory & practice
  • Safety and teamwork
  • Commercial driving

An “In-demand” Trade

The Carolina Energy Workforce Consortium (representing North and South Carolina) is addressing a serious shortage of electrical lineworkers. They estimate that the industry will need approximately 800 new linemen each year for the next 5 years. The 2016 median wage for experienced linemen was $60,800/year.

Course Specifics

  • The Electrical Lineworker Training Program is designed to train persons that wish to become entry-level electrical lineworkers for private and public utility companies and related employers.
  • Students will learn the academic and field skills necessary for entry-level workers.
  • Safety is stressed in every aspect of the job.
  • Students will receive Flagger and OSHA 10 safety training.
  • The course is limited to 60 students. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Resume and job interview assistance is available.
  • Job placement assistance is available. Employers will be on-site to interview graduates following the graduation ceremony. The course is 400 hours and 350 hours are credited to your apprenticeship with your future employer. Utility companies have new employees complete a 4-5 year apprenticeship. Therefore, this 10-week course reduces apprenticeship duration once in a job.

The July 6 – September 14 class is at full capacity. Students can register with the link below for the September 28 – December 8, 2020 class.

Search & Register Upcoming Courses
Power Line Worker - Level 1
Power Line Worker Level 1 Trainee Guide
ISBN: 0132571099

*Textbooks can be purchased at the CFCC North Campus bookstore.

Power Line Worker Distribution - Level 2

Power Line Worker Level 2: Distribution Trainee Guide
ISBN: 0132730340

*Textbooks can be purchased at the CFCC North Campus bookstore.

Program Information Guide
Details North Campus, 10 weeks, 400 hours
Course Location Rooms 131 and 135
NE Building
CFCC North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429
Current Offering Class Dates
January 4 – March 15, 2021, M-F, 8 am – 5 pm

Mandatory Orientations
Orientation is required for dropping off copies of required documents, filling out paperwork and to use this time to ask any questions you may have about the program. You do not have to attend both orientations.

You may come:

  • Anytime between 8 – 10 AM on 12/14/20 or
  • Anytime between 4 – 6 PM on 12/15/20

Orientation Location
Room 131
NE Building
CFCC North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Next Offering March 29 – June 8, 2021, M-F, 8 am – 5 pm

Mandatory Orientations

  • Anytime between 8 – 10 AM on 3/22/21 or
  • Anytime between 4 – 6 PM on 3/23/21
Future Offerings July 6 – September 14, 2021, M-F, 8 am – 5 pm
Mandatory Orientations

  • Anytime between 8 – 10 AM on 6/28/21 or
  • Anytime between 4 – 6 PM on 6/29/21
Class Times
The Electrical Lineworker Training Program is a 10-week, Monday-Friday training course. Each week consists of 40 hours of training. Each day is 8am – 5pm with 1-hour lunch. Lineman work outside in all weather conditions and the training program will be no different. Major holidays are observed.
*Students must pay the $185.00 registration fee to secure a spot in class. Students must purchase lineman boots prior to class start date (costs vary).Registration will be reimbursed to students upon successful course completion depending on grant fund availability. There is no tuition for this course – only the registration fee. Prices below are approximate.

Registration $185
Textbooks Check CFCC bookstore for pricing
DOT Physical & Drug Screen

Dependent upon provider

Students are subject to another drug screen during the class

$100 & up


DMV Class A CDL Learner Permit

Learner permit required to obtain license during course

Lineman-Style Boots

  • Composite or steel toe
  • Slip-on or lace-up
  • 8″-10″ height preferred

Required and costs may vary

Tetanus Shot

Recommended but not required


Apply for a Scholarship

Weight under 275 lbs

Students must have lineman-style boots prior to class start date

  • Composite or steel toe
  • Slip-on or lace-up
  • 8″ – 10″ height preferred
  • Recommended: double shank

DOT Physical & Drug Screen

Clean criminal background preferredno need for copy or proof
Individual employers have the right to select applicants in accordance with their specific policies and procedures. Criminal background checks are completed by most employers. Therefore, CFCC cannot guarantee employment upon graduation.

Current tetanus vaccine recommendedno need for copy or proof

On the Mandatory Orientation Days, please bring copies of the following:

  • Proof of high school diploma or GED
  • Valid NC Driver’s License
  • Medical Card/Form – showing proof of DOT physical
  • CDL Class A Learner Permit
  • Required prior to the first day of class so that you may practice driving for the CDL Test
  • NC DMV CDL Info – Note: If you are unable to get your Class A Commercial Driver Learner Permit before the mandatory orientation days, you CAN still come to class but you will be sent back each day to the DMV to continue re-testing for the permit. It is crucial that you get your permit BEFORE class starts so you do not miss any class time or tests.
  • DD Form 214 for Veterans
  • Minor release form completed and notarized if under 18 years of age
Dress Code
Long-sleeve work shirt/T-shirt – no tank tops or T-shirts with offensive images/content

Long pants or jeans

Work boots – Lineman style, composite or steel toe/double shank, slip-on or lace-up, 8″ – 10″ height preferred

  • J. Harlen boots
  • Red Wing – local in Wilmington, NC
  • Tomlinson Sales Co. – local in Wilmington, NC
  • Recommended brands are Hall’s or Hoffman

No jewelry – no earrings, necklaces, rings, facial piercings, etc.

Hotel/Housing Information
The Reserve at Forest Hills
  • 3-month leases available with utilities included in rent
  • Furnished and unfurnished options available
  • Call for more information: 910-763-7663
The Creek at Forest Hills The Hampton Inn Wilmington – University Area/Smith Creek Station

  • $94 for CFCC students
  • 124 Old Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403
  • Speak with Kim Hale, Area Director of Sales 910-509-0003


Translate »