Pre-Apprenticeship Lineman Certificate

Highlands College

Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program, C.A.S.


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According to a recent survey of the Montana utility industry, there is a nation-wide shortage of skilled line workers. The survey indicated asignificant need (40-50 new apprentice positions per year) for individuals with the skills provided by Montana Tech's Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program. This one-semester certificate program prepares students for groundman and apprentice positions within the line trade.

The program is a ongoing collaborative effort of many organizations, including:

  • Montana Tech
  • The Montana Department of Labor and Industry
  • North Western Energy
  • Montana Co-op Association
  • Rural Electric Association
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • National Electrical Contractors Association. 

These organizations have all come together to oversee the program and ensure future line-worker have the skills needed in industry.  

The Pre-Apprentice Line Program requires one semester of full-time study. 

If you have questions about the program, please contact Troy Kamps (instructor) tkamps@mtech.edu or 406-496-4490 or Heather Conley (Associate Dean) at hconley@mtech.edu. You may also contact Enrollment Services Representative Baylee Rawsom at brawson@mtech.edu or 406.496.3716.