2013-03-21 / Community

NMU program seeking students

MARQUETTE – The Electrical Line Technician program is currently accepting applications for the upcoming school year. The ELT program is a joint effort between Northern Michigan University, the Lake Superior Community Partnership and the Midwest Skills Development Center and prepares students to install, maintain and operate electrical systems to supply electric energy to residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Students will earn a twosemester technical diploma which starts in the fall semester, at the end of August. The application process starts in the winter semester. Enrollment is limited to 40 students who will attend courses on the NMU campus as well as the MSDC training site, on the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Gwinn, MI. Students are eligible for a laptop computer as part of tuition and fees.

The ELT program has trained 303 students to date, who have a 80 percent job placement rate after graduation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the job outlook for ELT’s is expected to rise.

“Many employers require and most prefer that candidates for line electrician positions complete entry level training prior to being considered for hire,” said Line Tech Instructor Jerry LePage. “Graduates of the Northern Michigan University electrical line technician program meet and exceed the minimum requirements, and are highly competitive when seeking apprenticeship positions. Further, once indentured into an apprenticeship, graduates can expect to be well-compensated with family sustaining wages and an exceptional benefit package, while performing demanding, challenging and meaningful work in an outdoor environment.”

Students can begin the process of applying to the program by contacting Jon Teichman at (906) 227-2650 for more information.

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