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New line worker program will power up JTED students next school year

Yavapai County high school students will have a new opportunity to choose from in the technical career field starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

A two-year course for Electrical Line Worker opens for juniors and seniors in the 2014 Fall semester at the Yavapai College Career and Technical Education Center near the airport. Mountain Institute students, through the Joint Technical Education District, can select their course from two time frames:

• Monday-Friday courses from 1:15-3:30 p.m. (priority given to 5-day schools).

• Monday-Thursday courses from 7-9:15 a.m. (priority given to 4-day schools).

Mountain Institute courses are available to all public, charter, homeschooled high school students in Yavapai County.

The JTED website describes a line worker as someone who constructs and maintains electric power transmission and distribution facilities. The term also is used for those who install and telephone, telegraph, cable TV and more recent fiber optic lines. Power linemen work with electrically energized (live) and de-energized (dead) power lines.

The Yavapai College website states that upon successful completion of its Electrical and Instrumentation Technology AAS degree with Electric Utility Line Worker option, students will be able to:

• Build, test, analyze, and troubleshoot direct and alternating current circuits, digital circuits, solid state circuits, microprocessor and programmable controller-based circuits.

• Design, fabricate and install safe electrical conduits and raceways.

• Present an overview of line work including the equipment and tools, pole climbing techniques, safety practices and procedures related to pole climbing.

• Use the appropriate tools and equipment to climb and set utility poles.

• Describe and demonstrate the proper techniques, procedures and industry safety practices used in hot sticking and lock out - tag out.

• Explain the structure and function of transformers and outline the construction of the major types of transformer connections used in the industry.

• Construct, install and provide maintenance for single-phase and three-phase systems.

• Demonstrate the procedures used in pole top and bucket truck rescue.

Length of the program is two years for juniors and seniors, with no prerequisites needed. Students earn up to three high school credits per year, and up to 18 credits through Yavapai College. Certification is an OSHA 10 card, and average line worker salaries range from $45,000-$80,000.

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