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MCC, Eversource Team Up to Announce Lineworker Certificate Program

MCC, Eversource Team Up to Announce Lineworker Certificate Program Photo by Eversource

Posted: October 06, 2016

Manchester Community College is proud to announce its partnership with Eversource, the National Electrical Contractors Association, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Unions 104 and 1837 to offer a certification program that will help prepare the next generation of electrical lineworkers in New Hampshire.

"This new program fits perfectly into our philosophy of giving students hands-on learning opportunities which lead directly to well-paying jobs in the market," says Susan Huard, President of Manchester Community College. "This will be an attractive new program for those looking to advance their skills, pursue a new career path with Eversource, or work toward completing a degree."

The lineworker certificate program will offer a limited number of candidates valuable training and the opportunity to progress into Eversource's paid apprenticeship program. An Open House is scheduled for Oct. 20 at Manchester Community College to offer prospective students more information about the certificate program, as well as enrollment requirements. Additional information sessions will be held on Oct. 11 at Eversource's Legends Drive facility, and on Oct. 18 at the company's Tilton Area Work Center.

The hands-on certification program will include in-classroom learning and laboratory courses at local training facilities. Students will complete extensive course work, including electrical theory, basic math, communications, CPR, and safety. Courses will prepare students for employment in a variety of electrical fields, with an emphasis on electrical line worker responsibilities and tasks.

"This partnership demonstrates Eversource's commitment to securing highly skilled, local workers to build a reliable electric system," said Joe Purington, Vice President of Electrical Operations in New Hampshire. "The electric field continues to grow, creating more employment opportunities. Eversource's Electrical Lineworker Certificate Program will help meet the need for skilled lineworkers who understand the increasingly sophisticated and advanced technologies that integrate with modern residential, commercial, and industrial customers."

In addition to the in-classroom course work, students will learn how to climb a utility pole, as well as how to use equipment and tools to safely complete overhead and underground construction. During curriculum breaks, students will complete a paid internship with Eversource or an IBEW contractor. Prospective students will be required to pass a placement test and a physical fitness exam in order to qualify for enrollment.

Visit MCC’s Electrical Technology page for more details about the Electrical Lineworker Certificate Program.

View the Electrical Lineworker Certificate Program Flyer for more information.