Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
Occupation Title:
Outside Linemen
Estimated length of On the Job Training (OJT):
2,000 hours field experience
Estimated length of Related Training Instruction (RTI):
200 Classroom Hours (minimum) for one year
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Vocational-Certificate 3 Applied Mathematics
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Construction Blueprint Reading
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 4 Underground Line Construction
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 4 Overhead Transmission and Distribution Line Construction
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Advanced Electrical Systems
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Electrical Distribution Systems

Program Description:

The electrical training ALLIANCE's goal is to provide the Electrical Construction Industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. While direct training occurs through local training programs, the electrical training ALLIANCE develops enhanced education standards to meet the competitive challenges of today's global market economy.

In addition to receiving skill training on the job, each apprentice is provided with trade-related classroom training that produces competency and pride that lead to true craftsmanship. Quite often, local training committees provide special classes with hands-on training to support classroom lectures and discussions.

The Outside Lineman Apprenticeship Program is a three-year program combining on the job training with related training instruction. As an Outside Linemen, the student will install the distribution and transmission lines that move power from the plant to a factory, a business, or home.

Program Objective:

The objective of this course is to prepare students for completion of the Second Year Lineman Bundle. This is a three-year program of study with field experience for Journeyman Lineman status in the electrical construction (outside) industry.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply basic mathematical principles in construction applications in determining averages, converting fractions to decimals, area and volumetric calculations, basic algebraic functions, ratios and proportions, vectors and drawing angles, Powers of 10, basic right triangle theory
  • Apply the fundamentals of blueprint drawing in making sketches
  • Utilize isometric drawing concepts in sketch and drawing preparation
  • Recognize and utilize electrical, mechanical, civil and architectural drawing symbols and abbreviations
  • Utilize blueprint elevations and schedules properly
  • Develop and document project plan charts and progress diagrams
  • Interpret construction plan dimensional data to create accurate field measurements.
  • Read underground design drawings
  • Install, maintain, and fuse power line and cables
  • Perform splicing and terminating on cables and power lines
  • Explain directional boring, and troubleshooting with a general overview of job safety in the electrical field
  • Work safely with poles, conductors, switchgear, transformers, rigging, and grounds
  • Explain high and low voltage troubleshooting procedures, stringing procedures and guidelines for live line work
  • Explain how good voltage to the customer and street lighting are maintained
  • Describe the complete operation of electrical transmission and distribution systems from the generator to the service entry point
  • Describe the basic principles of transmission and distribution circuits, including the advantages and disadvantages of AC and DC transmission
  • Perform procedures used by line crews to maintain the safe and effective delivery of power during adverse conditions
  • Perform necessary procedures and work necessary to restore power after outages
  • Observe necessary safety standards while performing maintenance and repair on outside lines and systems
  • Describe the operations of electric utility distribution substations and circuit feeders
  • Explain the functions, typical design parameters and the coordination of their protective devices are presented to form a complete picture of the working systems they comprise
  • Describe and identify basic components and their function. These components including transformers, bus configurations, regulators, capacitors, circuit breakers, reclosers, relays, fusing, arresters
  • Describe power reliability and power quality

General Topics:

  • Test Instruments
  • Theory
  • Blueprints
  • Cable Splicing
  • Traffic Signal/Flagging
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Classroom Participation

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials