Prepare for a career in the utility industry with a new lineworker program offered in cooperation with Consumers Energy.

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.

“Consumers Energy projects a need for over 300 electric lineworkers in the next four years. It is a rewarding, well-paying career,” said Amber Fogarty, manager, DE&I, Strategic Talent Sourcing Program/Logistics Section Chief GRWMC Team 1, Consumers Energy. “Candidates can be ready to come to work in roughly nine months, and the return on investment for a training program like this is pretty rare.”

In this program, students take classes in safety, fitness, basic electricity, and energy industry fundamentals, as well as a series of climbing courses through Consumers Energy. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to interview to become apprentice lineworkers at Consumers Energy, with the opportunity to work toward a certified journeyman card and competitive wages and benefits.* (Note: Completion of this program does not guarantee employment with Consumers Energy.)

  • Learn basics of electricity and safety, along with fitness and climbing.
  • The program consists of seven classes, including a climbing orientation and lab held at a Consumers Energy Training Facility.

“This is a new, innovative offering that people are asking about,” said instructor Eddie Burkhead. “There is a big demand for lineworkers right now.”

Program Requirements

  • MFG 135 Industrial Safety (3 Credits)
  • ELT 106 Basic Electricity and Fluid Systems (3 Credits)
  • EGY 101 Energy Industry Fundamentals (3 Credits)
  • HPF 165 Lineworker Fitness (2 Credits)
  • EGY 110 Climbing Clinics (0.5 Credits)
  • EGY 111 Climbing Orientation (1.5 Credits)
  • EGY 112 Climbing School (7 Credits)

Total: 20 Credits

How to Apply

To apply for the lineworker pre-apprenticeship program, fill out an online application and select Energy Systems on the application.

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