In partnership with Trident Technical College, Berkeley Electric Cooperative has developed the Electrical Lineworker Program (ELW), a 14-week training course that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to help you begin your career in the electric utility industry. Berkeley is now accepting applications for its new Lineworker’s Scholarship to be applied toward the upcoming January semester. Deadline for applications is Friday, October 30th.
The scholarship is valued at $3,000 and covers the purchase of necessary tools and books as well as contributing $1000 toward tuition. The remaining $1,500 tuition fees can be covered by military or financial aid, if applicable. In addition to participating in the ELW program, the scholarship recipient will also be able to work one day a week with Berkeley Electric line crews to gain hands-on experience. Upon completion of the ELW program, the scholarship recipient will receive preferred placement for any open crew positions with the cooperative, although full-time employment is not guaranteed.
Students in the ELW program experience conditions similar to those on the job in the outdoor training lab constructed on-site at Trident Technical College’s North Charleston campus. Students also receive expert classroom training in electrical theory and other subjects vital to launching their career as a lineworker and will graduate with a 3rd-class lineman certification.
To learn more about the program visit the Electrical Lineworker page.
Electrical Lineworker Scholarship
A. To learn the tools and materials needed for the construction and maintenance of electrical lines in order to be an effective and efficient groundman.
B. To gain knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to accept duties and responsibilities of a Groundman.
C. To successfully complete and pass the Electrical Line Worker Third Class Program at Trident Technical College.
D. To learn and promote safety in accordance with the policies and procedures in order to maintain safe working habits and conditions.
II. REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
A. Reports to: District Line Superintendent / Line Foreman / Journeyman Lineman A
B. Directs: None
III. RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES
A. Assists in taking inventory of material and equipment on trucks and in warehouse. Ensures tools are in good condition and are properly used.
B. Becomes familiar with all safety rules and practices and participates in the safety program.
C. Becomes familiar with equipment used to install, and repair distribution lines.
D. Perform vehicle safety checks, clean and fuel equipment assigned to crew daily.
E. Responsible for returning tools when job is completed.
F. Responsible for successfully completing the Third-Class Electrical Line Worker’s training course.
G. Perform flagging duties in work zones.
H. Perform all work skill tasks listed in the On-the-Job training manual.
I. All duties as assigned within the parameters of all applicable federal, state, and local labor and safety laws and/or regulations.
A. Members –To courteously answer member inquiries and if unable to do so, to direct them to the appropriate person, to make every effort to gain their increased understanding and acceptance of the Cooperative’s plans, programs, and policies.