Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
Occupation Title:
Outside Lineman
Estimated length of On the Job Training (OJT):
3,000 hours field experience
Estimated length of Related Training Instruction (RTI):
160 Classroom Hours (minimum) for one year
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Project Management
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Labor Relations
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 4 Construction Safety with Lab
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 AC Circuits
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 4 Transformers
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 4 Substation Construction and Maintenance
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 Fundamentals of Electrical Metering
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Electrical Systems Components
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 4 Electrical System Protection

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 Third 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:

  • Discuss project management using project terminology
  • Allocate time and personnel
  • Provide estimates to enable timely completion of a project
  • Define and identify important terminology, facts, and concepts relating to labor-management relations
  • Recognize and appropriately label terminology, concepts, and principles related to labor-management relations situations
  • Describe the stages and processes involved in labor relations involving workplace disputes and grievances
  • Identify labor-management problems and provide solutions based on relevant labor relations concepts, laws, and practices
  • Demonstrate the practices and procedures of general construction safety in the areas of fall protection, electrical safety, struck-by, and caught-in-between
  • Recognize commonly used construction equipment
  • Apply safety requirements, regulations, and set-backs to basic construction activities
  • Explain various methods and techniques of basic construction safety
  • Apply OSHA safety methods and operations to general construction activitie
  • Explain the fundamental electrical principles of voltage, current and impedance in AC circuits
  • Operate test and measurement equipment
  • Troubleshoot AC electrical circuits
  • Calculate circuit parameters including voltage, current, and impedance in series, parallel and series-parallel circuits
  • Understand the basic function and characteristics of resistors, capacitors and inductors in AC circuits, understand AC sine wave terminology and phase relationships
  • Calculate impedance, capacitive and inductive reactance in AC circuits
  • Identify different types of transformers including single-phase and 3-phase transformers
  • Explain various characteristics of transformers
  • Explain how transformer coils and core functions
  • Describe basic theory of electromagnetics
  • Explain the difference between coil configurations
  • Diagram connections that can be made with transformers
  • Explain the operation of a transformer
  • Install, load check and protect transformers
  • Apply wye and delta current and voltage laws
  • Calculate values for current, voltage, and other transformer parameters
  • Describe how to use hand and power tools used during the construction and maintenance of substations
  • Describe safety procedures and equipment put in place to protect workers within a substation
  • Explain the basic construction of a substation, including electrical equipment rigging and installation, cable tray and conduit installation, cable controls and panel wiring
  • Perform other varieties of installation procedures for electrical components and protection equipment
  • Apply basic math needed in electrical metering
  • Explain basic electricity and magnetism principles
  • Use meter testing equipment
  • Read and meter diagrams and describe meter standards
  • Calculate watt hour and demand
  • Describe components used in the transmission of electricity
  • Describe switchyards, substations, overhead transmission systems, and underground transmission systems used to transmit power at the proper voltage levels and provide system protection
  • Identify and describe components such as transformers, circuit breakers, regulators, capacitor banks, tap changers, disconnects, current and potential transformers, relays, and lightning arrestors will be examined in detail
  • Describe various types of electrical conductors, structures, and insulators used to transmit electricity
  • Describe principles used to protect the electrical system from abnormal and fault conditions
  • Describe and identify instrument transformers, protective relays
  • Perform proper grounding techniques for electrical system protection based on established grounding principles

General Topics:

  • Fiber Optic
  • Theory
  • Personal Protective Grounding
  • Substation
  • Live Line Work
  • Transformers
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