The Utility Line Technology Program prepares students to work in the power line industry as apprentice linemen. The curriculum includes the design and function of electric generation, transmission and distribution systems, substations, transformers, capacitors, voltage regulators, system protection, and metering. Program objectives include troubleshooting outages and voltage problems; identification and use of tools, materials, equipment; proper work and safety procedures; operation of utility line trucks; performing pre-trip and post-trip truck inspections; and successful completion of the Texas Commercial Driver's License (CDL) written and driving test.
The Utility Line Technology Program is thirty two (32) weeks in length and begins in August each year. The Utility Line Technology Program is taught at the Robinson Center in Silsbee, Texas.
Interested students must be able to climb tall utility poles, handle highly energized utility lines, and be eligible to earn a Texas Commercial Driver’s License.
Students who successfully complete the recommended program of study will receive a Certificate in Utility Line Technology.
Lamar Institute of Technology also requires students to register for the College Success Skills Course in their first semester. The course is designed to provide students with a thorough orientation to the campus, postsecondary education, and the classroom skills necessary for success.
Students must successfully complete an OSHA certification exam.
All courses in the Recommended Program of Study require a grade of ‘C’ or better.