Albemarle, NC – Students at Stanly Community College (SCC) recently completed their 12-week training program for the Electrical Lineworker certificate. A graduation ceremony was held for the students on the Albemarle campus on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

The Electrical Lineworker program teaches 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 will possess the necessary skills for employment in various electrical utility industries.

At the graduation ceremony, Jeff Parsons, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer, welcomed the graduates and thanked the guests for attending. He encouraged the students to continue to learn, work hard, and to stay safe in their new careers.

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

Josh Aldridge, Heavy Equipment Operations Program Head, acknowledged the scholarship funding that made it possible for many of the students to be able to take the Electrical Lineworker program. Ten (10) scholarships were given to the students, totaling $5,250.

Ricky Carpenter, Electrical Lineworker Program Head, congratulated the students, and encouraged them to make safety their top priority.

Guest speaker Donnie Jessup, Regional Safety Superintendent, Utility Lines Construction Services, LLC, 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.

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; and 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 (, medium yearly income in this region for Electrical Power Line Installers and Repairers is $63,006, and future job growth is expected to reach 1,059 jobs by 2026.

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