The Electric Power Technology (EPT) program provides students with the core knowledge and fundamental skills necessary for entry-level positions in the electric industry. Traditionally, craft or technician positions of this nature require employees to complete an apprentice program. Apprenticeship programs meet the training needs of employees currently working in the industry. The EPT certificate program prepares those desiring employment in this critical industry by teaching the skills and understanding of what it takes to be an apprentice. Students who successfully complete this program will be equipped with superior entry-level skills for a variety of electric sector positions.
The EPT program includes much of the same training electric line-worker apprentices receive in the classroom. Although the program at SLCC does not replicate the same level of “on-the-job” training line-worker apprentices receive, the important core knowledge and skills are taught in the classroom and in the lab. In addition, SLCC students will be exposed to a wider spectrum of electric power technology topics and the accompanying career options they present so the student will be prepared for multiple career paths.
Prospective students should be prepared for the physical demands of the work of entry-level technician positions when considering program enrollment. Typical industry standards include passing a physical exam and demonstrating the ability to lift 50 pounds or more, climbing ladders, working in confined spaces, and working at significant heights.