FTCC Lineworker Basic Training Course

Fayetteville Technical Community College partnered with PWC to offer the Lineworker Basic Training Course beginning in the fall of 2018.

The 368-hour, 12-week course offered through the FTCC Center for Business and Industry was designed and coordinated with PWC to provide specific aspects of building and maintaining electrical power circuits and equipment for overhead and underground construction.

In 3 years, 95 students have graduated from the program, including their first female who was hired at PWC in the fall of 2020.  Course instruction includes the following:

  • Definitions
  • Electric utilities standards
  • Voltage ratings
  • Pole climbing
  • Types and use of electrical tools/equipment
  • Vehicle operations
  • Electrical safety
  • Arc flash safety
  • Material assembly
  • OSHA construction
  • Flagging
  • CPR/AED/First Aid
  • Employment and job readiness skills

In addition to providing $11,000 in equipment, PWC also installed a pole yard on campus where the students get hands-on training.  A PWC Retiree with 31 years of service to PWC serves as a course instructor.  Plus, our Line crews are always available to provide great instruction and safety protocols.

On Aug. 18, 2020, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy visited the pole yard as part of a special event organized by Duke Energy Progress to promote the importance of hiring veterans and teaching trades to the workforce of tomorrow.