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Power Transmission School: Overview of Classes and Courses

Power transmission programs prepare students for jobs working for utility companies or related organizations. Students can focus on general electrical studies or specialize in an area such as commercial wiring. Power transmission programs are generally found at 2-year institutions.

Power transmission programs, more commonly known as electrical and power transmission installation or technology programs, prepare students for careers as electricians, line workers and power plant operators. Training programs in electrical and power transmission installation and technology are usually found at technical schools or community colleges; these programs typically result in a certificate, an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, or an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

10 Top Schools with Power Transmission Programs

The below schools offer power transmission programs at various degree levels:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees, Undergraduate (2015-2016)*
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state: $1,153 Out-of-state: $6,217
Santiago Canyon College Orange, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state: $1,142 Out-of-state: $6,902
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Delhi, NY 4-year, Primarily Associate's, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state: $7,855 Out-of-state: $12,225
Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY 2-year, Public Associate's In-state: $5,188 Out-of-state: $13,388
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state: $2,416 Out-of-state: $3,688
Sowela Technical Community College Lake Charles, LA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state: $4,077 Out-of-state: $7,504
SUNY College of Technology at Canton Canton, NY 4-year, Primarily Associate's, Public Certificate In-state: $7,855 Out-of-state: $12,245
Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan, KS 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,900
Johnson College Scranton, PA 2-year, Private Associate's $17,614
Delta College University Center, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state: $5,270 Out-of-state: $9,770

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for a power transmission school:

  • Schools should seek out programs which offer the opportunity to work in conjunction with local electric cooperatives to design electric and power transmission programs.
  • Students should check whether their program is approved by SkillsUSA, a nonprofit organization that ensures that college and vocational programs sufficiently prepare technical, skilled and service workers for their careers.
  • Students should prioritize schools that offer a wealth of hands-on training.
  • Students should research a school's reputation and position within published school rankings.

Graduates of power transmission programs typically find work as electricians, line workers and power plant operators. Programs in this field are typically found as undergraduate certificates and associate's degrees.

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