Our line mechanics and line mechanic apprentices complete challenging and oftentimes very dangerous work around high voltage electricity every day to ensure that when you flip a switch, the lights always come on. From blowing snow, fallen tree limbs or heavy rains, our line mechanics work in extreme weather conditions day and night to safely make repairs and get the power back on for our customers. It’s physically demanding work, but also rewarding and prestigious.
So how do we prepare them to protect themselves and our customers while completing their work?
Most people interested in becoming a line mechanic must first earn a certificate or degree from a one-year, approved program. To find a program, search for line programs or utility technician programs at technical colleges near you or across the country. To confirm if a school’s certificate program is approved, contact us at 515-281-2707.
Open line mechanic positions and apprenticeships are posted on the MidAmerican careers page. Applications are then reviewed and ranked based on the applicant’s qualifications and previous work experience. Next, the top candidates are invited to participate in the interview process and hiring event, which we call the Apprentice Roundup.
MidAmerican’s interview process consists of a full-day evaluation, which allows candidates to demonstrate all of their skills and knowledge in person. This in-person hiring event gives our trainers, supervisors and apprentice program facilitators a chance to meet potential line mechanic candidates and see for themselves if an applicant has what it takes to become a line mechanic.
Our line mechanics’ journeys are just beginning once they’ve accepted an offer.
The new apprentices are assigned to small group classes, where they work with dedicated line mechanic trainers. Our line mechanic apprenticeship program curriculum is customized to MidAmerican, but designed to meet the standards set by the NJATC, sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).