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* Students may be responsible for additional costs associated with instructional materials and external exam and licensure fees may apply. In addition, the student will be responsible for fees associated with the commercial learner’s permit, DOT physical, and drug test.
About the Program
The Electric Lineworker non-credit training program is a one semester, 13-week program. Students receive specialized instruction in certification areas required by the electrical power industry. Upon completion, students are prepared for an entry-level position as an electrical power-line installer or repairer. The Lineworker Training Program will provide participants with transferable skills and experience for resumes. Participation in and completion of the program does not guarantee participants a job at Mississippi Power or another electric utility.
The curriculum focuses on basic safety, basic electricity, pole climbing and bucket truck operation, along with other basic skills needed for entry-level work in the utilities field.
- Basic Computer Applications
- Basic Electricity, Codes, etc.
- Basic Electricity I & II
- Interpersonal Skills
- National Electric Code Course & Safety Code Course
- RUS Specifications (Overhead and Underground)
- Mississippi Class A Commercial Driver’s License
- CPR, First Aid, and Blood borne Pathogens
- Hazardous Material Training and Material Safety Data Sheets
- Job Site Safety (Confined Space, Shoring, etc.)
- Personal Protective Equipment Rigging
Power Company Specific:
- Pole Climbing
- Pole Top Rescue
- Bucket Truck System Protection and Operation
- Basic Transformer Change Out from Pole
- Applications are now being accepted at the West Harrison County Center.
- 18 years of age
- High school diploma or high school equivalency
- Valid MS driver’s license & motor vehicle report with good driving record (for CDL)
- Commercial Learner’s Permit (CDL permit)
Offered summer 2022 to interested students.
- DOT physical (indicating a body weight of 280 pounds or less) with a DOT substance test
- Pay the application cost and license fee to obtain a written permit for a Class A Mississippi Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) from a Department of Public Safety (DPS) office that offers CDL.
- Application cost = $25
- CDL learners permit license fee = $16
- Minimum requirements for Enhanced ACT (English, Reading, and Math minimum of 16 in each section); or ACCUPLACER (Algebra score of 231, Reading and Writing score of 474); or C or higher in both College Algebra and English Composition I. These scores or grades must have been received within the last 5 years. Visit Assessment Centers to schedule an ACCUPLACER exam.
- MGCCC Non-credit Training Application
Credentials and Degree Options**
- Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
- MGCCC Electric Lineworker Completion Certificate
** An Associate of Applied Science degree is not applicable for this program.
Eligible applicants will be selected for an interview and skills test prior to acceptance to the Electric Lineworker training program.
Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)
Also in partnership with AccelerateMS, MGCCC will offer a no cost Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) class ONLINE to prepare Electric Lineworker training applicants for the Commercial Learner’s Permit test.
The ELDT class will be offered at no cost to prepare students to take the commercial learner’s permit test; however, students will be responsible for obtaining the Commercial Learner’s Permit, DOT Physical, and Drug Screen, as well as the associated fees. This class will be mandatory for all interested in applying for the Electric Lineworker training who do not currently hold a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a 13-week training program, beginning September 6. The classes will be held Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mississippi Power and other industry partners may hire from successful completers. Completers of this training are not guaranteed a job.
Yes, you will need to complete the Entry-Level Driver Training class through MGCCC prior to taking your CDL permit test at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. To apply for the Electric Lineworker training, you must have the permit in hand no later than August 1.
*More information about the ELDT class is below.
No, but there are several hotels within five miles of the training center. Lodging will be the responsibility of the participant.
No, you will have to meet all requirements listed on the information page to qualify for an interview. The top participants will be selected from those who are interviewed.
Each of the main campuses, including the Harrison County Campus in Gulfport, has a proctor center where the Accuplacer is given. Visit Assessment Centers to schedule an exam.
No, this is a slightly different program that leads to very similar outcomes. The George County program is a credit program, while this is non-credit workforce training program. An Associate of Applied Science degree is not applicable for this program.
Once you have completed the interest section located on the information page, you will receive an email from MGCCC which will provide a link to complete your personal information (student profile) within the college’s online registration platform. After you complete all sections of your profile, you will be enrolled in the online CDL Permit (Entry-Level Driver Training: ELDT) course. You will receive an email of enrollment confirmation and further instructions. This class will be held in the college’s online learning management system, Canvas. You may also receive an additional email about how to access Canvas, if you have not previously been an MGCCC student.
*This course must be completed prior to taking your permit test at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. You are responsible for scheduling the test and all fees associated with the actual permit test prior to the submission of your Electric Lineworker Training application. Scheduling and payment can be made through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
Apply for Admission
The application period is now closed.