Coastal Powerline students on lineman pole with flags

This 15-week program prepares individuals with the necessary skills for employment in various electrical utility industries.  Course topics will focus on the fundamentals of line construction to include overhead and underground line work, vehicle set-up and operation, transformer wiring and configuration, meter applications, and safe work practices.  Student safety and teamwork will be emphasized throughout the course along with other rules and regulations applicable to the industry.  In addition, students will earn certifications in First Aid/CPR, OSHA 10hr, Flagger Certification, Competent Person in Trenching and Excavation, and a Class A CDL driver license.  This course is registered for Pre-Apprenticeship by the NC Department of Commerce.

Prerequisites (must be provided at the time of registration)

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Weight restrictions are limited to 275 lbs.
  3. DOT physical and drug test
  4. DMV driving history
  5. Valid NC Driver License

Registration and Fees

The amount due at the time of registration is $417.  This includes registration and insurance fees and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) materials to be given to students during class.  PPE items include hard hat, gloves, eyewear, OSHA card, and flagger book.

Items that students need to purchase prior to first day of class:

  • Textbook (contact The College Store for details)
  • Lineman work boots (varies based on individual’s preference, approximately $175)
  • Class A CDL permit DMV office (NC DMV, $60)
  • DOT physical and drug test (varies per facility and insurance)

Please see the Registration and Fees page for more details about the registration process.

Employment Outlook

Electrical powerline installers and repairers employment field is projected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026.

Regional Wage Outlook

Median Wage – $59,954 per year.  Highly experienced workers can earn up to $84,337.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics; Career Coach

Financial Assistance/Veterans Educational Benefits

Financial assistance may be available, please visit the Continuing Education Financial Assistance page for details.

This course is approved for Veterans Educational Benefits.  Transitioning Service Members, please contact the Director, Skills, Trades, and Computer Programs, Sabrina Adalin, at 910.938.6112 or

Upcoming Classes

For details about upcoming classes, please see the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.  If you have any questions or would like more information on the Powerline Technician program, contact Continuing Education at 910.938.6294 or