Learn the fundamentals of basic electricity, proper pole climbing techniques, proper use and care of PPE, safe work practices, basic knowledge of the function of the power grid, and general knowledge necessary to prepare you for a career in the electric linework industry. Ingenuity’s program combines classroom instruction, field work, and site visits. You’ll receive training necessary to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License, as well as OSHA 10, First Aid, and CPR certifications. Pre-apprentices will be required to obtain their Class A CDL as a prerequisite to receiving program certification.
Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of:
- Safety, including general safety practices, industry specific safety practices, APPA safety manual, care and use of Personal Protective Equipment and first aid.
- Basic Electricity, including Ohms Law, basic circuits and electrical math calculations.
- Pole Climbing, including use and care of climbing equipment, proper use of fall arrest equipment, determining the condition of a pole prior to climbing and pole top rescue.
- The electric system, including sources of generation, functions of a substation, determining voltage levels, methods of transforming energy from one form to another, identification of different types of apparatus and their basic function.
- Transformers, including types, polarity, vectors, connections and banking.
- Basic groundman skills, including proper use and care of handlines, ropes and rigging, knot tying, pole framing, reading staking sheets and reading and understanding spec books.
- Basic lineman skills, including pole setting, stringing and sagging conductors, application of pre-formed ties, application of armor rod and grounding.
- The full range of careers within the industry.
- Professionalism, including resumes and interviews, workplace communication, conflict resolution, and stress management.
- Basic computer literacy.
CNM Rio Rancho Campus, 2601 Campus Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144
Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 4 PM, excluding certain holidays.
January 9 – March 27, 2023 (CDL training continues through April 28)
March 9 – August 30, 2023 (those who already have their CDL begin June 12)
September 5 – November 20, 2023 (CDL training continues through December 15)
Applicants for this program must be able to:
- Perform physical work in an outdoor setting in all types of weather.
- Bend and lift loads up 50 pounds.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills and a good understanding of basic mathematical calculations.
- Pass a drug test and have a clean driving record.
Provided with the Course:
Many of your supplies and materials will be provided for you, including:
- All required textbooks
- A tool bag with necessary hand tools
- Steel toe climbing boots
- Gloves and eye protection
- Type 1 Class E hard hat
You will need to provide:
- Appropriate close-toed shoes (until boots are provided).
- Appropriate clothing for working outdoors in all weather conditions. Heavy jeans or thick work pants and a thick long sleeve shirt are a must. Fire rated (FR) jeans and shirts are recommended.
- Paper, writing utensils, calculator for in-classroom work.
- Lunch, snacks, and water – there are very few lunch spots near the Rio Rancho Campus; we recommend bringing your lunch.
$12,999.00 (including CDL) (Pre-apprentices are responsible for additional fees related to obtaining their CDL – approximately $150)
$8,399.00 (not including CDL)