Advanced Electrical, Overhead Line Construction

Advanced Electrical, Overhead Line Construction

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in construction and enjoy being independent? Have strong attention to detail and like working with your hands? Not afraid of heights? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Advanced Electrical – Overhead Line Construction training program. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Install and repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables  

  • Identify defective devices and regulators and inspect and test power lines and other equipment; string lines between poles, towers and buildings by climbing poles and towers or using truck-mounted buckets  

  • Drive work vehicles to job sites; follow safety standards and procedures 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Overhead Line Construction graduates go to work for licensed electricians or are self-employed. Almost all overhead line construction workers work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. 

The credentials you will earn ...

This is the first level of Advanced Training offered in the Advanced Electrical series. In the Advanced Electrical – Overhead Line Construction training program, you will earn industry-recognized credentials from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).  

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 


What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 

  • Have a health clearance at current center 

  • Have a strong work ethic and determination to succeed 

  • Complete an in-person or phone interview 

  • Complete Job Corps’ basic Electrical or Facilities Maintenance training program 

  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 

  • Be at least 17 years old 

  • Have a positive attendance and progress record 

  • Have a written recommendation from Job Corps center personnel 

* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
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Meet your instructors

Adam Cantu
Adam Cantu joined Gary Job Corps Center as an Advanced Overhead Lineman instructor in 2010. Before this, he completed his journeyman and lineman apprenticeship certification and worked at Toledo Edison Company in Ohio. Throughout his lineman career, Adam trained new hires, preparing him to lead and instruct Job Corps students today.