• Utility Workforce Readiness

    Career Pathway Certificate

    The Utility Workforce Readiness Career Pathway program provides training that prepares students for entry-level positions in technical careers within the utility industry. It is important to be physically fit, to work well in a team environment, adhere to safety requirements and maintain ethical conduct in all work practices. The Utility Workforce Readiness Career Pathway Certificate is offered as part of the Energy and Resource Management Program. This certificate is endorsed by the Utility Training Alliance (UTA) comprised of Portland General Electric (PGE), PacifiCorp, Clackamas Community College, and 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 Workforce Readiness 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
    • Able to obtain a CDL permit
    • Capable of strenuous physical activity
    • 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 should enable students to demonstrate the core knowledge and hands-on skills needed to acquire entry level positions within the utility 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: initial groundman work, 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 Training includes: flagging, CPR/First Aid, OSHA 10 and CDL permit. Students will also have the opportunity to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC.)


    Career opportunities may include: ground worker, general laborer, flagger, service technician, store room, general maintenance and repair workers, hydro maintenance, telcom construction or technical assistant. It also will prepare students to enter a utility industry apprenticeship.

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

    Utility Workforce Readiness

    • Complete the following requirements.

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

      • TAKE 3 CREDITS OF ERM-101.
      ERM-101 Energy & Resource Technology: Introduction 
      • TAKE 3 CREDITS OF ERM-102.
      ERM-102 Energy & Resource Technology II: Electricity 
      • TAKE 6 CREDITS OF ERM-173.
      ERM-173 Energy Industry Performance Development
      PSY-101 Human Relations 



  • Contact our Energy and Utility Resource Management Department

    Wilsonville Campus - 29353 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070

    Call us: 503-594-0942

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