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The Career Development Programs (CDP) & Apprenticeship Programs are voluntary training programs available to ElectriCities’ members and approved by the North Carolina Department of Labor.

ElectriCities’ Career Development and Apprenticeship Programs exceed the training mandates as outlined in the Federal Register 1910.269 Subpart R and 1926.950 Subpart V of the OSHA regulations guide. These voluntary programs provide a way for municipal power line workers to increase their skills and knowledge. If properly administered, a technician’s work performance will become proficient regardless of his experience level. Each employee is required to be trained and proficient at his assigned task. Powerline workers enrolled in the programs will learn to install, repair and maintain electric systems. They will gain an understanding of electricity and, in the more advanced levels, gain supervisory experience and knowledge of complex electric operations.

Career Development Programs

These programs are available to ElectriCities member’s and their employees. To enroll, contact Jill LaBorde, Senior Learning Coordinator, at 919-760-6301. Contact Craig Batchelor, Manager, Safety & Training at 919-971-2843 for any questions you may have concerning the programs.

 

Overhead Career Development Program

The Lineman Career Development Program program provides a way for municipal power line technicians to increase their skills and knowledge. Linemen enrolled in this program will learn to install, repair and maintain electric systems. The program is divided into four levels beginning at Level I and ending with Level IV or the Journeyman level. Each level will take approximately one year to complete. It is a mixture of classroom and on-the-job-training. The students will gain an understanding of electricity and, in the more advanced levels, gain supervisory experience and knowledge of complex electric operations.

ElectriCities Apprentice Lineworker Program

This comprehensive apprenticeship program includes state registration with ApprenticeshipNC for the student and provides a way for Public Power electric lineworkers to increase their skills and knowledge. Lineworkers enrolled in this program will learn to install, repair, and maintain electric systems. Participants will gain an understanding of electricity and, in the more advanced levels, gain supervisory experience and knowledge of complex electric operations. The program consists of four levels, each level requires completion of online modules, instructor-led classroom training (including hands-on testing), field performance requirements, on-the-job training hours, and end-of level testing to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills. This program exceeds training mandates outlined in the Federal Register 1910.269 Subpart R and 1926.95 Subpart V of the OSHA regulations guide. Upon completion of the program, the apprentice will receive a Journeyman Card, recognized by both ApprenticeshipNC and nationally by the U.S. Department of Labor, certifying their mastery of the linework professional.

Meter Technician Career Development Program

The Meter Technician Career Development Program is designed to increase the skills and knowledge of meter technicians at all experience levels. The students will learn to test, install, repair and maintain customer watt-hour meters. They will also gain an understanding of the basics of math as it relates to electricity. In the more advanced levels, the students will gain overall job knowledge of complex polyphase metering. The program is divided into three training levels: Level I – Basic; Level II – Intermediate; and Level III – Advanced.

Substation Career Development Program

The Substation Career Development Program provides a way for municipal substation technicians to increase their skills and knowledge. Technicians enrolled in this program will learn to install, repair and maintain electric systems. They will gain an understanding of electricity and, in the more advanced levels, gain supervisory experience and knowledge of complex electric operations. This program consists of four levels of training.

DEVELOPING TOMORROW'S WORKFORCE IN LEXINGTON

Like so many communities across the nation, Lexington is under increased pressure to attract and retain skilled workers due to retirement and the influx of higher paying utilities and private contractors. ElectriCities has partnered with them to evolve compensation and training programs and help them better evaluate their competitiveness.

The career development program has expedited employee advancement by allowing them to get promoted at the completion of a level rather than have to wait for a position to become available.

 

Darryl Strother, Electric Distribution Manager

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

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