FLINT — Mott Community College’s (MCC) Workforce and Economic Development Department has partnered with Consumers Energy to be a training site for the Electric Lineworker Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. The program prepares students for careers as electrical power-line installers and repairers, working on cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. This job may also include erecting poles and light- or heavy-duty transmission towers.
“Many people rely on electrical powerline installers and repairers every day,” said Robert Matthews, Associate Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development. “This career field is growing, with more than 100 job openings each year, and a pay range of $60,000+ annually. This a wonderful opportunity to get the skills training needed for a high-demand career,” he added.
There are eight steps to joining the Consumers Energy Lineworker Pre-Apprentice Training Program, totaling approximately a three-month commitment to completion. Participants must:
1. Enroll in the MCC EMPOWER program by visiting www.mcc.edu/wfed/lineworker-pre-apprenticeship-program.shtml or calling 810-232-2555.
2. Take the four foundational bundle courses at MCC: a. Energy Industry Fundamentals b. Industrial Safety c. Basic Electricity d. Linework Physical Fitness
3. Attend a Consumers Energy information session.
4. Complete an online profile for the EMPOWER program through Consumers Energy.
5. Submit current driving record and complete drug screening.
6. Attend two Consumers Energy climbing clinics. Must be 18 or older.
7. Attend and pass a Consumers Energy three-day orientation.
8. Attend and pass a Consumers Energy 11-week climb school.
Completion of this program does not guarantee employment with Consumers Energy. — G.G.