VC, Victoria Electric Cooperative joining to offer power line worker training
Victoria College will partner with Victoria Electric Cooperative to offer power line worker training beginning in July.

Victoria College’s Workforce and Continuing Education Department, in partnership with Victoria Electric Cooperative, will begin offering power line worker training this summer to meet a growing demand in the field.

A prerequisite course for the Power Line Worker Level 1 course will be held July 12 to Aug. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 104A of the College Services and Training Building at Victoria College’s Main Campus. Tuition for the prerequisite course will be $175.

The Power Line Worker Level 1 course will be held Sept. 13 to Dec. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 224 of the Industrial Training Center at VC’s Emerging Technology Complex and at the Victoria Electric Cooperative training site. An additional four Saturdays of instruction from 8 to 5 p.m. each day will be required. Tuition for the Power Line Worker Level 1 course, which will provide an introduction to the power line worker trade, will be $615.

“Over the next 10 years, approximately one-third of the linemen in the utility industry will retire. This provides a great opportunity for individuals seeking a career in an essential and stable industry,” said VEC General Manager Blaine Warzecha.

“We have enjoyed working with Victoria Electric Cooperative to develop this new lineman training,” said VC Workforce and Continuing Education Program Director Radonna Brown. “Their contribution has been instrumental in allowing us the ability to offer training in a much-needed industry. Our mission continues to be working with our community partners to fulfill workforce training needs.”

The power line worker training will include power line worker safety; introduction to electrical circuits; introduction to electrical theory; climbing wooden poles and other structures; tools of the trade; aerial framing; utility service equipment; rigging; setting and pulling poles; trenching, excavating and boring equipment; and introduction to electrical test equipment.

A large part of the equipment for the training will be provided by VEC. Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

“Our goal in partnering with VC is to develop a pipeline of talent for local and surrounding cooperatives while generating careers in the communities we serve,” Warzecha said.

For more information about the training, call Brown at (361) 582-2432.
Published: Wednesday, 01 June 2016

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