Program highlights

  • The Lineman program begins once a year in the summer  with a one-year certificate with the option to continue and earn an associate degree (with four additional classes) for transfer.
  • Representatives from Evergy (formerly KCP& L), Independence Power & Light and Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative are on the MCC-Blue River advisory board to assist with course content.
  • The program's curriculum is built around real-world needs.
  • You will learn to install and remove poles, conductors, cables and equipment used in electrical power and distribution systems.
  • You also will learn to build single stations and three phase transformer banks off of the pole.

Application information

The lineman program is a full-time, year-long program beginning in June, where approximately 40 new cohort students are accepted.

The application deadline is April 1. However, there is no guarantee that a spot will be open until then.

Early applications will receive priority status during the review process. Applications may continue to be accepted until all seats in the program have been filled for the next summer class.

Steps to apply to the program

Once accepted, you will be sized for your climbing belt provided by MCC. The student is  required to purchase their own climbing boots and will receive a discount from West Coast Boots for this purchase.

Evaluation boot camp

Applicants are required to attend one of three evaluation camps during the selection process into the program.

Application Submitted Attend boot camp
August, September, October November
November, December, January February
January, February, March April


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


Visit Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to view salary information, employment outlook and personal characteristics needed for this career.

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.

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. If you are interested, contact an academic advisor at MCC-Blue River by calling 816.604.1000 to discuss next steps.

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