EMPOWER Lineworker Pre-Apprentice – Certificate

As part of the EMPOWER Lineworker Pre-Apprenticeship Program, students gain the skills needed to become apprentice lineworkers. These are the utility workers who install, maintain and repair the power lines that move electricity. They may inspect and test power lines and equipment, and identify defective devices, voltage regulators, transformers and switches.

This certificate was created in partnership with Consumers Energy.

Minimum credits: 20
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses: 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits: 5


Take the following

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
EGY 101 Energy Industry Fundamentals 3 MAT 020* and ENG 085*

Energy Industry Fundamentals provides a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry and the generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the “largest machine in the world,” which forms the backbone for the industry. The course includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, emergent technologies, and the connection to careers in the energy industry. An ANSI accredited EIF Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of final certification exam.

EGY 110 Climbing Clinic .5

This course will introduce students to pole climbing safety and techniques for lineworkers.

EGY 111 Climbing Orientation 1.5

This course will provide students with further instruction in pole climbing, including equipment maintenance and different climbing techniques, rescues, and knot-tying.

EGY 112 Climbing School 7

This course will help students achieve mastery of climbing techniques through practice and refinement under the supervision of climbing instructors.

ELT 106 Basic Electricity and Fluid Systems 3

This course will cover the principles of basic electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic circuits. Students will learn how to identify components of electrical and fluid circuits, how to analyze circuits, and how to troubleshoot industrial systems. At the end of the course they will be able to take the Certified Production Technician Maintenance Awareness exam.and quality. Students may sit for Certified Production Technician exam in Production Quality at the end of the course.

HPF 165 Lineworker Fitness
MFG 135 Industrial Safety 3

This course demonstrates methods of maintaining a safe work environment. It introduces students to best safety practices as well as communication and team building skills. Students will have the opportunity to take an MSSC certification exam as well as earn their OSHA 10 card.