Powerline Mechanic (Lineman)

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Program Overview

Formerly known as Renewable Energy Generation, Transmission and Distribution - Power-line Mechanic

LATTC offers Utility Industry Fundamentals and Power-line Mechanic Certificates of Achievement, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Renewable Energy Generation, Transmission, and Distribution with a Power-line Mechanic emphasis, for individuals interested in working in occupations in the utility industry sector—particularly transmission and distribution occupations. The courses comprising this program enable individuals to be prepared to obtain entry-level positions in the utility sector.

Electrical Line-Worker (Lineman) - PDF
Pre-Enrollment Physical Screening - PDF

Chairperson: William Elarton-Selig

Phone: (213) 763-3700

Email: elartowd@lattc.edu
Office Location: E2-122
Office Hours


Construction, Maintenance & Utilities Pathway (CMU)

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Electrical Line Workers Doing Electrical Connections

Program Details

Award Title Award Type Required Course Units Total Major Units GE
Renewable Energy Generation, Transmission & Distribution w. Powerline Mechanic Emphasis AS 34-36 40-43 21
Renewable Energy Generation, Transmission & Distribution w. Powerline Mechanic Emphasis - Powerline Mechanic C 18-20 18-20  
Renewable Energy Generation, Transmission & Distribution w. Powerline Mechanic Emphasis - Utility Industry Fundamentals C 19-21 19-21  

Power-line Worker Training Program Information

Schedule of Classes for ELECL, ECONMT, REF A/C, BLDGCTQ:

Morning Program (Spring or Fall)

Offered TWICE a year

Spring (February to June) Fall (September to December) 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Day Program (Spring or Fall)

Offered TWICE a year Spring (February to June)

Fall (September to December) 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Evening Program

(One time per year August to June)

Begins Fall term and continues through winter and the following June term.

5:00 PM to 10:10 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Program overview:

Development of basic skills needed to be successful trainees for electrical-related career ladders are emphasized. These skills include overall safety considerations, power pole climbing skills, knowledge of the basic tools and materials involved with the electrical line crafts, general construction standards, basic rigging principles, and basic electrical theory that is specific to this trade. A 175-hour power pole-climbing certificate of completion is granted to students who successfully complete the course. A component of this course also includes preparation for Civil Service examinations that are likely required for positions at municipal companies.

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College offers various programs for individuals interested in working in the utility industry. The programs enable individuals to be prepared to take the entry level certification for electrical craft helper and entry into various Utility Lineman Apprentice Program such as: DWP, SCE, SG&E, PG&E. It is recommended to begin with the fundamentals certificate of achievement and then move to the larger certificates and then complete the degree programs. The certificates are stack-able meaning as you reach each level the classes build so you do not have to repeat courses that you have already taken.

For the schedule of courses click the corresponding semester & discipline i.e.: BLDGCTQ or ECONMT, etc. above.

Power Line-worker Tool List

  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Glasses (Clear and Smoked)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Climbing Gloves
  • Work Gloves
  • Jeans
  • Climbing Boots with a Steal Shank
  • Climbing Belt with safety straps (Provided by school)
  • Climbers (Gaffs) (Provided by school)
  • Hammer (Claw)
  • 12” Crescent Wrench
  • 8” Crescent Wrench
  • Screwdriver 12” (Flat Head)
  • Channel Locks
  • Klein’s (Side cutters)
  • Wood Ruler 6

All specifics will be discussed the first day of class. This is just a brief overview.

How to Enroll in the Lineman Class

ELECL 601 – This course has restricted enrollments.

Two pre-requisite courses and a physical screening are required prior to being admitted to the class.


Items to Check:

  • Current Student Status or Student ID. If you have not applied for the school, please go to the http://www.lattc.edu/guides and follow the steps to apply.
  • Check if you have any holds with LACCD (this includes all 9 college campuses) and clear them or call (213) 763-7225.
  • Go to the Student Portal and sign in. Follow the directions for finding a class in people soft.
  • Click the “Find A Class” button on the right side of the screen
  • Institution: LA Community College District
  • Term: Fall 20XX
  • Type “ELECL” in the subject box
  • Remove the check mark from “Show Open Classes Only”
  • Select LA Trade-Technical College from the campus drop down menu
  • Action: Add
  • Section Number: XXXXX
  • Click submit
  • You will get a message saying the class is full if you would like to add your name to the wait list. Click yes. You will then get your wait list number. Please write the number down and include it in any correspondence. If you are not given the option to add your name to the wait- list, then it means the waitlist is full. If you do not have a waiting list number, it is highly unlikely that will be able to crash the section and get in the class.
  • Make sure you monitor your school issued email. All official Communications are done using that email. We only have access to your email after you have made it to the waiting list.
  • Notifications of the PAT dates and schedule will be emailed to your school email as they are announced.

If you are unable to add your name to the wait list, take a screenshot of the message you get and email it to @email along with your student ID number, the section you are trying to enroll in, and the semester.