• Utility Workforce Readiness

    Career Pathway Certificate

    Program code: CC.UTILITYWORK

    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) and Clackamas Community College.

    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.


    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.


    • Must be 18 years or older
    • Possess a valid driver’s license and CDL permit
    • Capable of strenuous physical activity
    • Pass RD-090 or placement in RD-115, pass WR-095 or placement in WR-121, pass MTH-060 or placement in MTH-065 and pass CS-090 or meet with EURM Department Advisor.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • demonstrate the hands-on skills needed and describe the core knowledge required to acquire entry-level positions within the utility industry,
    • identify and comply with all laws and performance standards, and produce reliable results to blend safety and performance into a unified work practice by identifying and demonstrating health and safety practices both personally and as a team,
    • demonstrate a working knowledge of utility tools of the trade: use of fire extinguishers, tie ropes and knots, trenching and shoring, chain saw, basic rigging, operating a fork lift, OSHA 10, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ladder safety, electrical hazard awareness, and pole identification,
    • develop and customize a working portfolio to record the application of knowledge and skills they’ve acquired from their education, work history and this program which may relate to their current and future career path in the energy and resource industries,
    • prepare and test for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) by practicing on the WIN website application,
    • articulate principles and concepts that govern safe work practices in the utility industry, identify and demonstrate personal health and safety within industry standards,
    • earn a CPR/First Aid/AED certification.


    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: EURM Department Advisor, 503-594-0959 or advisingwilsonville@clackamas.edu


    FIRST TERM Credits

    ERM-100 Introduction to Utility Industry & Career Options 3

    ERM-107 Career Portfolio 4

    ERM-109 Career Interview Strategies 1

    ERM-110 OSHA 10 Training 1

    ERM-111 Flagging - Work Zone Protection 1

    ERM-160 Utility Industry Health Awareness 3

    ERM-161 Utility Industry Safety Development 4

    HE-261 Community CPR 1

    MTH-065 Algebra II or higher level of math 4

    Credits required for certificate 22

    Information from the 2015-2016 catalog.

  • Contact our Energy and Utility Resource Management Department

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

    Call us: 503-594-0942