Friday – January 18, 2019

Electrical Power Distribution/Line Mechanic (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Architecture & Construction Career Cluster

Mequon Campus
Program Code: 31-413-2

For Information: 414-297-6315
Mequon Campus, 262-238-2200

Overview — This two-semester program prepares you for entry-level electrical line worker positions in industry.

Completion of this program does not substitute for an electrical apprenticeship, but does offer you the basic knowledge needed to begin working for some electrical utilities, contractors and in related trades.

Skills and aptitudes necessary for success in the program are good physical strength, manual dexterity and the ability to climb without fear of heights. Normal vision, including color perception, is important. Commercial driver’s license eligibility is recommended.

Career Pathway — Programs are under development to create a Career Pathway. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Industry requires electrical line workers to construct and maintain overhead electric transmission and distribution systems; work on energized and de-energized circuits; install and remove line equipment, street lights, poles and anchors; and perform wiring working from a pole, ladder, insulated aerial basket or insulated work platform. Electrical line workers also operate various equipment including auger, derrick material handler, and articulated arm.

Some graduates use the training as a step toward apprenticeship, as an electrical power distribution (EPD) worker, or other related careers. Other positions available to program graduates include line worker, substation electrician, meter worker, cable installer and tree trimmer.

View gainful employment data about this program

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect program graduates to:

  • Apply basic electrical principles to electrical power distribution
  • Use basic meters to check electrical circuits
  • Do basic calculations relative to circuit loading and wire size
  • Climb and work overhead
  • Perform associated mechanical operations necessary to install, service, or remove electrical line equipment
  • Work cooperatively in construction crews
  • Read construction orders and prints
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills


Admission Requirements — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Ability to drive and a valid driver’s license
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Possible Careers
Electrician Cable Installer
Electrical Line Worker
Apprentice Line Worker
Substation Electrician
Meter Worker

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Start Date: August

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.




(1)  ELECTY-318

Electrical Power Distribution 1A ‡



(1)  ELECTY-319

Electrical Power Distribution 1B ‡



(1)  ELECTY-320

Electrical Principles and Applied Math 1 ‡



(1)  ELECTY-321

Line Mechanic Rescue and Safety ‡



(2)  ELECTY-322

Electrical Power Distribution 2A ‡



(2)  ELECTY-323

Electrical Power Distribution 2B ‡



(2)  ELECTY-324

Electrical Principles and Applied Math 2 ‡



(2)  ENG-340

Workplace Communication






‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated March 2017.