Middle College – Electrical Line Tech Certificate Program

NMU Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College (MATMC)

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Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, apprenticeship opportunities, advanced certifications, and further education


Students will attend courses at a training site at K.I. Sawyer near Gwinn, Michigan. Students will receive introductory elevated outdoor work-site field experiences related to electrical power. Graduates are prepared for employment as professional linemen, able to install and repair cables, wires, and structures used in electrical transmission and distribution systems.

Students enrolled in the Electrical Line Technician Certificate Program at NMU will learn how to develop a variety of knowledge and skills related to activities of power distribution including:

  • Workplace safety
  • Employability practices
  • Transmission and distribution systems
  • Pole climbing
  • Pole setting and framing
  • Guying
  • Bucket and digger truck operation
  • Principles of electricity
  • Fundamentals of current flow in series, parallel, and compound circuits
  • Industry safety rules

Job opportunities as an electrical line technician exist in:

  • Apprenticeships with electrical contractors
  • Electrical utilities
  • Cable TV and telephone installers
  • Communications tower installation and maintenance companies
  • Job opportunities are available worldwide


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How to Get Started

High School Credit

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a college course, as this is determined individually by school district.

College Credit

College credits

  • Students earn direct college credits from NMU at no cost.

Industry Certification

Industry-recognized Certification

*Commercial Driver’s License

  • Class B CDL

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future.


Photo Gallery

Lineman installing wires in winter
Lineman cutting back trees from power line
Lineman fixing power lines on street
Linemen fixing power lines after winter storm

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