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.