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Lineworker Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Central New Mexico Community College
Rio Rancho, NM, USA
10 Slots Available
In Person Course
October 4, 2021 - January 14, 2022
1:00 PM to 10:30 PM GMT (GMT +00:00)
40 Hours per Week
15 Estimated Weeks

Learners from this course say they have been hired by:

Open Central NM Electrical Co-ops website


Become a Line-Worker

If you enjoy being outdoors and doing physical work. The average Line Worker earns $55k-$65k a year to start. 

This course introduces the fundamentals of basic electricity, proper pole climbing techniques, proper use and care of PPE, safe work practices, basic knowledge of the function of the power grid and general knowledge necessary to prepare them for a career in the electrical linework industry. The course combines classroom time and field work in the outdoor lab at the CNM Rio Rancho campus with a strong emphasis on outdoor lab work.

As a bonus, earn your Class A CDL!

Having your Class A CDL is required for Line workers. Receive the training necessary to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License and obtain your Class A CDL as a prerequisite to receiving Line worker certification.

If you already have your Class A CDL, save $1000 on the tuition ($7,999) with promo code CDL Class A at check out.

Real World Experience

This program also includes an internship in the electric utility industry as a prerequisite to receiving program certification.

The pre-apprentice program consists of three phases:

  • classroom,
  • hands-on lab, and
  • internship

Spring, Summer and fall classes offered.

Tuition Assistance Available

100% funding is available for New Mexico Residents.

For questions or to discuss the tuition assistance options available, please contact Annalise Jaramillo at workforce@cnm.edu or 505-224-5206.   


CNM Ingenuity is designated as a Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in the Central Region of New Mexico. This is an approved program, and WIOA funding is available to eligible individuals. Contact the New Mexico Workforce Connection WIOA Adult & Dislocated Worker Program at WIOA@wccnm.org or call 505.843.1900 for more details about tuition assistance, supportive services, and the eligibility and enrollment process.

Additional Attendance Information

Full time, 15 week program followed by 240 hour internship

Eligibility Restriction (Pre-Requisite)

  • Ability to perform physical work in an outdoor setting in all types of weather
  • Ability to stoop, bend and lift loads up 50 pounds
  • Students will be required to pass a drug test
  • A clean driving record. 

For more information, visit the program website here https://cnmingenuity.org/program/lineworker/ or call 505-224-4235.

Jobs & Careers
Electrical Power-Line Installers & Repairers

College Details

Central New Mexico Community College

Located alongside the picturesque Sandia Mountains, Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is the largest higher education institution in New Mexico in terms of undergraduate enrollment, serving more than 22,000 learners. Representatives from businesses and industries help CNM develop programs to ensure that CNM students acquire the skills needed for success in the workplace. CNM offers associate degrees and certificates in more than 100 fields of study, and accelerated, non-credit skills training that quickly connects learners to high-demand careers in the region’s economy. Many of the courses offered on this platform are managed via CNM Ingenuity, a non-profit division of CNM, focused on intensive training, entrepreneurship, and economic development. CNM Ingenuity partners with the College to explore and deliver new modes of education in in-demand career fields.

REFUND POLICY: For courses with a rolling start date or on-demand, Ingenuity will provide a refund so long as your cancellation is received at least 2-business days from the time of your registration and you have not activated any of the course assets (e.g. access codes).


Refunds are processed according to the form of payment received (check or credit card).

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