Utility Lineman

Find Your Wings

The Utility Lineman Program at Meridian Community College is a 16-week certificate program designed to prepare the student for entrylevel employment in the field of utility power transmission and distribution construction, troubleshooting, and repair.

The curriculum includes climbing in an elevated work site, overhead construction, underground construction, system design and operation, National Electric Safety Code, AC and DC circuits, and electric power. Electives are available in advanced levels of utility line worker technology as well as commercial driving license (CDL).  

The line worker competencies required in this curriculum were developed to coincide with the standards for the electric power generation, distribution, and transmission industry as described in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Along with being awarded a work-ready certificate in Utility Lineman, students will earn their OSHA 10, AHABLS-CPR, and forklifting certifications by the completion of all program requirements. 

Admission to the Utility Lineman program is limited and therefore, highly competitive and based on specific criteria.

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following: 

  • Attain a 14 composite score on the ACT; 
  • Attain an ACCUPLACER Next Generation Reading score of 230 and QAS/Algebra score of 230; 
  • Complete 15 semester hours with a “C” average or above at an accredited college or university. 


In addition to the minimum requirements, applicants must also: 

  • Be at least 18 years old 
  • Obtain High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Certificate 
  • Obtain D.O.T. Physical and Drug Screen 
  • Obtain MS CDL Class A permit with Airbrakes  
  • Pass a criminal background check and driver’s history that is obtained and evaluated by Meridian Community College


Students in the Utility Lineman Program must be enrolled in 15 or more semester credit hours at MCC to be considered full-time. 

To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.0) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each ULT or DTV course to progress in the program. Students are eligible to take the DOT’s Commercial Driver Written Examination upon completion of the program. 

Course Number Description Hours
ULT 1132 Safety for Line Workers 2
ULT 1192 Fundamentals of Electricity for Line Workers 2
ULT 1213 Electrical Power 3
ULT 1413 Pole Climbing 3
ULT 1513 Overhead, Underground, and Substation Construction 3
DTV 1114 Commercial Driving I for Lineman 4
DTV 1124 Commercial Driving II for Lineman 4
  Total Hours 21




Meet Meridian Community College student Melvin Penn. After 25+ years working in construction, Melvin chose to attend MCC's Utility Lineman Program at the age of 63.


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Deborah Nettles, Advisor