• Course Description:

    The primary goal of the Powerline Tec2000+ Course is to develop students into productive knowledgeable citizens who are able to provide for themselves in a way that is beneficial to the community which they live. The Powerline Tec2000+ program is a work at your own pace program open to all students in grades 9-12, and designed for students who are interested in employment in the powerline, electrical, or telecommunications field. The student will be taught how to climb wooden utility poles, install conductors, transformers and assorted hardware for power and telecommunications. The telecommunications portion of this program offers industry certification in fiber-optics and copper-based systems. This course emphasizes the development of hands on skills as well as the theory necessary to succeed in the lineman field. Practical work taught in the course will include but not limited to setting poles by hand, bucket truck operation, digger truck operation, steel tower work, basic residential house wiring, conduit bending, blueprint reading, and safety. The students who complete the powerline Tec2000+ course will be prepared to pursue a livelihood in this field starting at an entry, or apprentice level.

    Skills Learned:

    Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are pole climbing, tower work, installation of high voltage conductors and hardware, trouble shooting and power restoration, underground conductor installation and repair, fiber-optic and copper networking installation and repair, electrical theory, and basic residential house wiring installation and repair.

    Related Occupations and Earnings:

    Related occupations include meter reader, electrician, and tree trimmer. Earnings range between $13-$38/hour.

    Post-Secondary Opportunities:

    Articulated credits can be earned toward an Associate’s Degree at Institutions such as Westmoreland County Community College.

    Grading Procedures:
    70% Hands on Work 30% Theory

    Suggested Prerequisites:
    Algebra I & II, Geometry, Physics, College Prep English I-IV

    *Industry & Skills Certifications:

    • Fiber Optics
    • Copper Based systems
    • Integrated Systems Voice and Messaging
    • Home Entertainment

    Student Requirements:
    Active Listening, Physical Strength, Manual Dexterity, Work in all types of weather, Use of Personal Protective Equipment.

    Student Costs:

    · Work Boots

    · Leather Gloves

    · Safety Glasses

    · Blue Jeans

    · Blue Jean Long Sleeve Shirt

    Text Book:

    · Residential Construction Academy Electrical Principles

    · Residential Construction Academy House Wiring

    Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center

    Mr. Bartlow – Powerline Tec2000+ Instructor

    Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1361

    Office Hours: 7:15am to 8:00am

    11:45am to 12:00pm

    2:30pm to 2:45pm

    Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

    * Cost, if applicable, may be the responsibility of the Student.