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MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Business & Technology

Program Coordinator:
Susan Blaser, 816.604.5613

Detailed Program Information:
Electric Utility Line Technician Brochure

Degree and Certificate Awarded

About the program

New cohorts of approximately 30 students are accepted into the yearlong program, which begins each June. This is a full-time program. Application submitted by July 1 receive priority status. Application may be accepted after July 1 until all seats in the program have been filled for the next summer class.

Steps to  apply 

  • Apply to MCC: You MUST apply to MCC to submit an application for the  program. You cannot begin the application process without your student ID. Apply now online.
  • Personal Goals Statement: Please outline the reasons you want to pursue a certificate or degree in the program. This is to be a brief essay (maximum of two pages) about your professional goals and interests, what you see as the positive and negative aspects of a career as a lineworker and where you see yourself in five years.
  • Resume: Indicate your education and work background, honors, memberships in organizations, service to the community outside of school-related activities and any other information you want the committee to consider.
  • References: Applicants will enter the names and contact information, including email addresses. of two individuals into the online application. The system will prompt each person to submit the reference online. The reference provides a professional recommendation on your behalf. One reference should be from an instructor/professor/teacher. A second should be from a manager or supervisor of a work/volunteer organization. The recommendations may be obtained from family members, friends, etc. Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from MCC requesting them to submit a reference for you online.
  • Transcripts: Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript  from every college, university and high school that you have attended sent directly to MCC.
    • 1. Mail: MCC accepts official transcripts mailed directly from your school to the Student Data Center. Fill out a Transcript Request Form and give it to your former/current school to have an official transcript mailed to MCC.
    • 2. E-transcripts: MCC accepts electronic transcripts through an electronic exchange with both Parchment and the National Student Clearinghouse. MCC does not accept any form of emailed transcript. When ordering an electronic transcript to be sent to MCC through the National Student Clearinghouse, MCC prefers that you use the electronic exchange. This ensures that your transcript is sent to the right place. You can do this by choosing Student Data Center as the recipient of your transcript when ordering through the National Student Clearinghouse.  

Additional Requirements

Accuplacer Test: This test will assess your current skill level in reading, writing and mathematics and determine which courses in these areas you should start out in to help ensure student success. If you are currently in college or have attended in the past, you may not be required to take the test. ACT and SAT scores or dual credit can also be used in place of the test.

Students MUST place into the following areas of successfully complete the required prerequisite courses PRIOR to beginning the program:

  • Reading – READ 100 or higher
  • English – ENGL 101
  • Math – MATH 103 or higher

Prerequisites for admission to the Electric Utility Line Technician Program include:

  • 1. General admission to Metropolitan Community College. Apply now
  • 2. Completion of high school or equivalent
  • 3. Take the Accuplacer placement test at the MCC-Business & Technology library or any MCC campus testing center. Visit the testing center website for dates and times and sample questions.
    • Students must place into the following areas or successfully complete the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program:
      • Reading: READ 100 or higher
      • English: ENGL 101
      • Math: MATH 103 or higher

The application process also consists of:

  • 1. Completion of the Electric Utility Line Technician Program Application.  Please use Chrome or Firefox as your browser. Apply now.
  • 2. Current Resume
  • 3. Line Technician Interview
  • 4. Signed, Release, Assumption of Risk and Indemnification Agreement.

To complete the application you will need your MCC Student ID Number and passwordYou will need to enter the  "S" in the front of your student ID number.

Creating Opportunities: Meet Cole

A graduate of Lathrop High School, Cole Riffle balanced the Line Technician program, a nearly full-time job, and caring for family members to pursue a career in line work. In the process he made a mark on his classmates and the MCC-Business & Technology campus while jumpstarting his career. Read Cole's success story.

Creating Opportunities: Meet Brandon

From retail management to lineman. Brandon Orr moved from Los Angeles to Kansas City five years ago, the first in a series of changes that have improved his life. Brandon enrolled in the Lineman program in 2013, jumpstarting a career that includes his current position at Kansas City Power & Light. Read Brandon's success story.


The program, which only starts in the summer, begins with a one-year certificate. You can then go on to get an associate's degree for transfer. The program is fine tuned to meet real-world needs. Two utility companies, Kansas City Power & Light and Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, are on the MCC-BTC advisory board for course content.

What You'll Learn

You will learn to install and repair poles, conductors, cables and equipment used in electrical power and distribution systems. You also will learn to restore energy to homes and businesses during storms, identifying and repairing damaged equipment, poles and conductors.

What You'll Do and Where You'll Work

You can work as a power lineworker, journeyman lineworker, substation technician, cable splicer, utility worker and much more. Our alumni work at electrical utility companies across the region.

What You'll Make

Those who work in an apprenticeship (typically for the first four years at a utility company) make about $75,000 per year. Once you complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyman lineworker, you can make $100,000 or more per year.

See What It's Really Like

To see what it's really like, view our video featuring the "classroom" you'll be working in and students in the program.

If you want to find out if a career as a line technician is for you, start by taking the Center for Energy Workforce Development's career quiz. You should then contact an academic advisor at MCC-Business & Technology by calling 816.604.1000 to discuss your next steps.

Last Modified: 6/1/18