• Utility Trade Preparation: Lineworker


    The Utility Trade Preparation: Lineworker program prepares students to enter the outside line construction industry with the core required skills, knowledge and safety awareness for initial employment requirements. It is important to be physically fit, work well in a team environment, adhere to safety requirements and maintain ethical conduct in all work practices. Each term has a focus that prepares the student for the following term. First term: Introduction to the Utility Industry and Health/Safety Awareness. Second term: Introduction to job site applications, competent use of heavy equipment, job search and interviewing skills. Third term: Fundamentals of daily ground worker responsibilities, initial pole climbing and basic electricity.

    This certificate is endorsed by the Utility Training Alliance (UTA) comprised of Portland General Electric (PGE), PacifiCorp, Clackamas Community College, and by other regional utility partners.

    This program is approved by the Oregon State Apprentice & Training Council (OSATC) Division of the Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI) as an authorized Pre-Apprenticeship program.

    Program Requirements

    Students who wish to participate in the Utility Trade Preparation: Lineworker program are welcome to register for the ERM classes once all prerequisites are met.

    Students are advised of the necessary utility industry standards for math, writing, reading, computer skills and the physical capability required for the successful completion of this program.

    Prior to registration in the ERM courses, students must meet the following:

    • Must be 18 years or older
    • Possess a valid driver’s license
    • Acquire a valid CDL permit or license by second term of current program
    • Capable of strenuous physical activity
    • Physically able to climb utility poles
    • Comfortable with heights of up to 60 feet
    • Achieve placement in RD-115, WR-095 and MTH-060 or provide proof of a comparable assessment
    • Meet with EURM Department Advisor or Wilsonville Campus Director

    Program Outcomes

    Successful completion of this program enables students to demonstrate the core knowledge and hands-on skills of electrical systems, equipment, and safety applications needed to satisfy employment requirements within the outside line construction industry. Accept personal responsibility with compliance to all laws and performance standards. Produce reliable results that blend safety and performance into a unified work practice. General knowledge and experience with: groundman work, pole climbing, utility tools of the trade, ropes and knots, trenching and shoring and rigging. Equipment includes: forklift, excavator, digger derrick, and bucket truck. Health and Safety Certification training includes: Flagging, CPR/First Aid, OSHA 10 and CDL permit. Students also have the opportunity to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).


    Career opportunities include: ground worker, general laborer, flagger, service technician, store room, maintenance and repair workers, power line clearance, maintenance and repair workers, general laborer or technical assistant. It also will prepare students to enter a utility industry apprenticeship. It is strongly recommended to meet with the department advisor.

    For information contact: Angie Sandercock, EURM Department Advisor, 503-594-0944 or angies@clackamas.edu or Shelly Tracy, Wilsonville Campus Director, 503-594-0945 or shellyt@clackamas.edu  

    Utility Trade Preparation: Line Worker

    • Complete the following requirements.

      • Take 3 credits of ERM-100.
      ERM-100 Orientation to Energy & Resource Technology 
      • Take 3 credits of ERM-171.
      ERM-171 Energy Industry Workplace Health Awareness
      ERM-172 Energy Industry Safety Development 
      • Take HE-261W or HE-261.
      HE-261W Community CPR 
      • Take 3 credits of ERM-107.
      ERM-107 Career Portfolio 
      • Take 2 credits of ERM-108A.
      ERM-108A Career Marketing Strategies
      ERM-108A Career Industry Marketing Strategies 
    • Complete the following requirements.

      • Take 3 credits of ERM-101.
      ERM-101 Energy & Resource Technology: Introduction 
      ERM-102 Energy & Resource Technology II: Electricity 
      ERM-173 Energy Industry Performance Development 
      PSY-101 Human Relations 
    • Complete the following requirements.

    • ERM-174 Groundworker Training 
      ERM-175 Initial Pole Climbing 
      MTH-065 Algebra II 
      MFG-130 Basic Electricity I 
      • Take WR-101 or WR-121.
      WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing 
      WR-121 English Composition 



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