The Lineman Academy at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is designed to provide to students a comprehensive training experience utilizing the best work methods, equipment, tools, and standards. The Academy offers classroom and hands-on field training with a real-world approach delivered by high-quality curriculum, experienced instructors, and specialized equipment and facilities. Upon completion of the Academy, students will be qualified in equipment operation and pole climbing. They will receive their Basic First Aid and CPR Certification, their OSHA 10-Hour ET&D Construction Card, and be eligible to apply for their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Students will also be given the opportunity to enter the job market prepared with the knowledge, skills, and abilities prospective employers within the electric power industry require.
Participants must complete the Medical Release form located in the TEEX Lineman Academy Registration Packet and provide proof of medical insurance coverage prior to enrollment.
Texas Department of Public Safety Certification/Licensing Requirement
Participants who wish test for a Class A commercial drivers license (CDL) administered during the class must possess a valid Texas drivers license and be eligible to receive a Texas CDL.
TEEX Certification/Licensing Requirement
Participants must possess a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age.
Course Completion Requirements
Students Must Provide
Class attendance is an essential part of the education process and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. This course requires participants to attend 100% of class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirements, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.
TopicsIntroduction to the Power Industry+Wood Pole Climbing Techniques+Electric Power Principles+Rigging+Personal Protective Grounding+Media First Aid+Bucket and Digger Truck Operations+Equipment Transport and Flagging+Overhead Line Construction+Transformer Operations+Overhead Equipment Installation+Underground Electrical Distribution Systems and Installation+Deenergizing Electrical Systems+Deenergized Overhead System Maintenance+Energized Overhead System Maintenance+DOT CDL Course+10-Hour Outreach Training for the Construction ET&D Industry+Electrical Worker Safe Work Practices+Removal and Storage of Materials and Hardware+Resume Writing+Job Interviewing
This program is for participants who intend to begin a career in the electric utility industry.
The Lineman Academy will issue each student a set of climbing equipment and hand tools. Four long-sleeved shirts will be issued to each student that they may keep once the Academy has concluded. It is the participant's responsibility to ensure all issued equipment is maintained in a safe manner by inspecting each piece prior to daily use, as well as performing periodic inspections and routine maintenance throughout the duration of the Academy. All issued equipment is to be returned to TEEX once the Academy has concluded prior to graduation. Although participants may bring their own climbing equipment and hand tools for use during the Academy, TEEX Lineman Academy Instructors are required to determine if the equipment is adequate and safe prior to use during field exercises. All personal climbing equipment and hand tools must be marked with the student’s name. The Academy is not responsible for any loss of personal climbing equipment, hand tools, or other personal classroom supplies.
Government ProgramsPost 9/11 GI Bill Benefits® For information contact Veteranservices@teex.tamu.edu or call (877) 833-9638