Electrical Lineworker

Electrical Lineworker

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Electrical Lineworker - A.A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount
 Electrical Lineworker - Diploma 45 cr. Rosemount
Program Datasheet: Download Electrical Lineworker Datasheet  

Major Description

Graduates are prepared to join the electrical power industry workforce as safe and knowledgeable apprentices. Along with extensive hands-on experience building power lines, students also practice both overhead and underground techniques. Campus instruction facilities include a large outdoor training field for pole climbing, line construction, bucket-truck operation and erecting power lines using power-line construction trucks.

Program Prerequisites

ELLW0098 is a one-credit course, and  should be taken prior to entry in the Electrical Lineworker major, unless the student has instructor approval for previous climbing experience.


This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.

Electrical Lineworker Advisor & Instructors
Kerry Lurken
Kerry Lurken
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
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Paul Driscoll
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Jake Marthaler
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Jesse Boots
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Program Costs*

Electrical Lineworker
  Electrical Lineworker
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Electrical Lineworker
Diploma – 43 credits
Tuition $167.26/cr. $167.26/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $1,350 $1,350
Textbooks $1,650 $1,650
Personal Property Fee $204.38 $204.38
Grand Total $14,526.98 $11,318.91

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

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Work Environment

Able to perform strenuous physical duties, electrical lineworkers work outdoors building overhead power lines and/or laying underground cable. Tool use, care, and safety awareness are extremely important.

Job Outlook

According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for electrical power-line installers and repairers is expected to grow 15.2 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. CAREERwise: "There will be a need for about 1,350 new Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth."

Gainful Employment Reports

Career Information

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Transfer Options

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Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Transfer.org Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Electrical Lineworker

The Electrical Lineworker program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student successes as well as the accomplishments of our electrical lineworker instructors.

Electrical Lineworker News

Electrical Lineworker Events

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Clubs & Organizations

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As a student in DCTC's Electrical Lineworker program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Professional Organizations


Student Clubs and Organizations

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in DCTC News.

In 2013, DCTC fielded 17 students at the nationals who ranked in the top 15 in the nation. For more information about the competition, read "DCTC Students Rock at SkillsUSA Nationals" on DCTC News.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.