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Patrick Henry Community College - Electrical Groundsman

PHCC, in partnership with TCR Management Group, offers an Electrical Groundsman training program. Under the supervision of the linemen, a groundsman performs a variety of tasks in the construction, maintenance, and repair of electrical distribution and transmission lines and equipment. This fast-track, 5-week training program consists of 160 combined hours of instruction. HS diploma or GED not required.

Course Schedule:

Mondays-Thursdays, 8am-4:30pm, 3/31/14-5/1/14, Uptown Site at Jefferson Plaza

Training Topics

  • Safety / Personal Protective Equipment
  • Rope Identification
  • Knot Tying
  • Tools –  pop tools, cutters, grips and hoists, fiberglass tools
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Wire Identification
  • Making up house service
  • Transformers
  • Installing Wire Sleeves
  • Flagging and Basic Work Zone
  • CDL Class A Learner’s Permit Review
  • CPR / First Aid
  • 10-hour OSHA Transmission and Distribution
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Work Zone Safety Certification
  • Review, Targeted Help, and Video Instruction

Certifications Earned

  • OSHA 10 T & D
  • Basic Work Zone
  • Flagging
  • CPR and First Aid
  • National Career Readiness Certificate

Cost of Training Program

$3,600 (financial assistance available to qualified applicants)

Job Placement

TCR, boasting an employment placement rate of 85%, offers job placement assistance for students who successfully complete the training and pass exams.

Job Pay and Benefits

This is a very rewarding and lucrative career. Average starting pay for this entry level position, in surrounding areas, is around $12 per hour with a pathway to becoming a Journeyman Lineman with an earning potential of $27.50 per hour.

Job Outlook

Electrical jobs, including linesmen positions, are expected to increase 12 percent between 2008 and 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making the job outlook positive. New homes, businesses and communities always have a need for Electrical Groundsmen. New technologies like smart power grids and solar connections also make the electrical worker a necessary position.

Work Environment and Duties

Electrical Groundsmen work mainly outdoors, tracing downed power lines and blown transformers. This type of work is needed in rural and urban areas all times of the year. Groundsmen handle special equipment like conduit benders, wire strippers, drills and jack hammers. A groundsman may be required to work in inclement weather any hour of the day or night.

Work Requirements

Participants must be physically able to move heavy cable and operate machinery. They must also be able to work in a safe manner, following all safety rules and regulations, and procedures. Groundsmen operate bucket trucks, making commercial driver's licenses a necessity.


This non-credit program is managed by:
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Email:
Phone: 276.656.0260