Northwest Lineman College and North American Lineman Training Center are both good schools for those who are looking for a career as an electrical lineman. Northwest Lineman College has campuses in California, Idaho and Texas, while North American Lineman Training Center is located in Tennessee.
A lineman, also called a lineworker or powerline worker, builds and maintains electric power transmission and distribution facilities. Linemen often replace equipment such as capacitor banks and fuses.
The program at North American Lineman Training Center includes hands-on training from instructors who are knowledgeable about the business. They also help guide students towards a job after graduation, connecting them with electric companies that are in their network. Each term is 15 weeks long, and the program is offered three times per year. In total, students have to pass eight academic classes and five field training classes in order to graduate from the program.
The program at Northwest Lineman College is also 15 weeks long. The school boasts that 81 percent of graduates are currently employed within their field. As of 2015, the school has educated well over 15,000 alumni. Beyond its three campuses in the United States, Northwest Lineman College also has curriculum programs set in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Tanzania, Africa. The school makes sure to carefully preserve the history of the electrical trade.