SCC Students Complete Electrical Lineworker Training

SCC Students Complete Electrical Lineworker Training

Graduates of Stanly Community College’s Electrical Lineworker program include (front row, left to right): Travis Burris (Stanly County), Giovanni Vallazza (Gaston Co), Chayce Aldridge (Alamance Co), and Aaron Barrett (Randolph Co); (back row, left to right): Ricky Carpenter/Program Head, Caleb Eudy (Stanly Co), Dawson Seawell (Moore Co), Lincoln Pritchard (Kentucky), Daniel Hurley (Stanly Co), and Trey Williams (Randolph Co).

 

Albemarle, NC – Students at Stanly Community College (SCC) recently completed their 12-week training program for the Electrical Lineworker certificate. The Electrical Lineworker program instructs students basic elements of electricity, overhead pole and electrical line construction, safety codes and applications, electric power systems, as well as transformer and meter installations. On successful completion of the program, students possess the necessary skills for employment in various electrical utility industries.

During the graduation ceremony, Dr. Enamait, SCC President, welcomed the graduates and thanked the special guests for attending. He encouraged the students to continue to learn, work hard, and to stay safe in their new careers. He also reminded them they were now SCC alumni and that they would always be part of the College’s family.

Devin Baucom, Associate Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing, Industry, Technology, and Trades, recognized the faculty and staff who helped the graduates complete their training.

Jeff Parsons, SCC Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, acknowledged the scholarship funding that made it possible for many of the students to be able to take the Electrical Lineworker program. Seven students received some form of scholarships, with $9,750 awarded in scholarship funding.

Guest speakers Randy Welch, District Manager of Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy and Brian Williams, Project Manager, Pike Electric spoke to the graduates about their career and safety.

Karen Kiker, Continuing Education Coordinator and Faculty Associate gave the invocation, and was instrumental in preparing the graduation ceremony for the students.

Before conferring diplomas, Program Head Ricky Carpenter shared some words of encouragement and stressed safety above all else as the men entered the workforce.

This marked the College’s tenth class of electrical lineworkers, resulting in a total of 99 graduates from the program.

Electrical utility lineworkers and technicians will typically do the following: drive work vehicles to job sites; install, maintain, or repair the power lines that move and distribute electricity; identify defective devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, and switches; inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment. Additionally, they will string power lines between poles and buildings; climb poles and use truck-mounted buckets to get to equipment; operate power equipment when installing and repairing poles, and lines; and follow safety standards and procedures. Training also includes OHSA 10-Hour Construction Certificate and CPR/First Aid Training Certificate, among other topics.

According to ESMI Data (www.economicmodeling.com), medium yearly income in this region for Electrical Power Line Installers and Repairers is $73,340, and future job growth is expected to reach 760 jobs by 2026.

The Fall 2022 Electrical Lineworker class is already filled to capacity. The next available Electrical Lineworker class begins January 9, 2023. Students in the program may be eligible for scholarships worth up to $750.

For more information about the Electrical Lineworker program, contact Karen Kiker at (704) 991-0233 or kkiker7483@stanly.edu or visit the College’s website at www.stanly.edu .