A career as an electrical lineworker offers men and women the prospect of good wages, dependable and strong job demand, and an opportunity to work in any of nearly 3,100 public utilities across the United States.
BSC's program is designed to educate students to become skilled apprentice lineworkers. Instruction time is divided between classroom study and indoor and outdoor laboratory work. Students also take courses to prepare them for the North Dakota Department of Transportation Commercial Driver's License (CDL) pre-trip and practical examination. LNWK 104 is designed specifically to prepare students for the CDL drivers permit examination. A valid driver's license is required in order to complete the CDL.
Classes are held and skills practiced at the electrical lineworker program's facilities north of Mandan. This includes twenty acres of land for outside training, and inside laboratories and classrooms. Students also have access to all student facilities at the BSC Campus.
Summer Semester Requirement: Attendance at two courses in the summer semester, Introduction to Climbing and Equipment Operations is required before students will be allowed to enter the Lineworker program in the fall. For course description information click here.
Enrollment: A class of 54 students is enrolled once each year in August. Refer to the New Students page on this website for information on how to apply for admission, placement requirements and instructions on how to complete your admission file. A doctor's examination, drug screen, and eye examination for CDL permit is required after acceptance into this program.
Required placement scores: ACT Math - 15 or higher English - 15 or higher COMPASS Math - (pre-algebra) 33 or higher English - 59 or higher
Background in these areas helpful: • One year of high school algebra or one semester of college algebra • Basic computer literacy • Good written and oral communication skills • For a complete list of Costs/Tools, go to Estimated Costs.