Course Descriptions

img_1634_cc_jpg.jpgSummer Semester

Completed prior to fall semester start

LNWK 100 Introduction to Climbing Techniques  - 3 credits
The course enables students to learn basic climbing techniques required to be a lineworker.

LNWK 110 Equipment Operations  - 3 credits
A mix of classroom training and outdoor lab work studying the safe and efficient operation of digger derricks, skid steer loaders, backhoes, and trenchers.

LNWK 104 Introduction to Truck Driving Techniques - 1 credit
This course is designed to give lineworker students classroom instruction on specific truck driving information. This information will help prepare student's for the North Dakota Department of Transportation Commercial Driver's License pre trip and practical examination, behind the wheel training and simulator training.

1st Semester Courses

Classes offered in the Fall semesters

LNWK 125 Applied Electrical Distribution I - 5 credits
A five credit, eight week lab course in which students will apply pole climbing skills acquired in LNWK 100. Tasks will include single circuit line staking, setting, and aerial framing poles, stringing, grounding, sagging and dead-ending conductors.

LNWK 130 Applied Electrical Distribution II - 5 credits
Prerequisite: LNWK 125
A five credit eight week lab course in which students will apply skills acquired in LNWK 100 and LNWK 125. Tasks will include but not be limited to setting, and aerial framing poles, stringing, grounding, sagging, dead-ending, armor rodding and clipping conductors on single and multi-circuit systems.

LNWK 140 Electrical Distribution - 4 credits
The course includes the principles to function as a lineworker. Course includes climbing equipment, poles, pole guying, conductors, insulators, proper grounding of equipment, personal protective grounding, and proper use of equipment and tools as well as related safety to accomplish the above.

LNWK 150 Basic Electricity D.C. and A.C. - 3 credits
Study of the fundamentals of basic electricity. Subjects include DC and AC theory, Ohm's law and circuit calculations, reactance and power factor, and related math skills.

2nd Semester Courses

Classes offered in the Spring semesters

LNWK 210 Fundamentals of Electrical Distribution I - 4 credits
Prerequisite: LNWK 130
LNWK 210 is a four credit eight week lab course in which the students will continue to discover and master transmission and distribution circuit construction and maintenance skills.

LNWK 220 Fundamentals of Electrical Distribution II - 4 credits
Prerequisite: LNWK 210
LNWK 220 is a four credit eight week lab course in which the students will continue to discover and master transmission, distribution and URD construction and maintenance skills.

LNWK 230 Electrical Distribution - 4 credits
Prerequisite: LNWK 140
The course includes the principles to function as a lineworker. Course includes URD cable procedures, distribution transformer installation, work procedures for overhead and underground construction, and related safety to accomplish the above.

LNWK 240 Electrical Apparatus and Transformers - 4 credits
Prerequisite: LNWK 150
Study of the fundamentals of power line apparatus. Subjects include transformer theory and connections, substation and switchyard functions, single circuit meter installation, basic understanding of current and potential transformers when used in metering applications. Also included is the basic understanding of voltage regulators, line fuses, line switches and oil circuit reclosers.

LNWK 260 Rope and Rigging - 2 credits
Students learn and practice knot tying and splicing. Also included are the study of rope characteristics, different uses of rope, and basic rigging techniques.

CDL Truck Driving Requirements
LNWK 108 and 113 have limited enrollment and will be offered during the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. Students will be required to complete these courses to earn the degree.

LNWK 108 Truck Driving Simulator Training - 1 credit
This course is designed to give lineworker students tractor trailer simulator instruction on specific driving techniques, defensive driving tips in preparation for the behind the wheel training, pre-trip, and practical examination.

LNWK 113 Truck Driving Techniques - 1 credit
This course is designed to give students behind-the-wheel truck driving skills. The skills obtained in this class will help prepare students for the North Dakota Department of Transportation Commercial Drivers License.