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Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program
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Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program

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Pre-Apprenticeship   Line   Program   Faculty

Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program faculty are both journeyman linemen with ample field and industry experience.

Bob McCormick

Bob began his line career as a groundman in 1991.  He applied for a line apprenticeship and a few years later acheived his goal of becoming a journeyman lineman.  Becoming a journeyman has been a great learning experience -- Bob learned more and more about the trade by teaching apprentices in the field.  Bob takes great pride in teaching future line workers the safety, skills and quality work required in this trade. 

Bob has worked in a wide variety of environments.  He has worked on wood and steel structures, and on transmission lines, distribution lines and substations.  He has also worked on trouble calls, in storms, in the mountains,  in the city, and with equipment ranging from shovels to helicopters! 

If you have questions about the program, please contact Bob McCormick at or 406.496.3751.

Bill Hoskins

Bill Hoskins began working for Montana Power Co. in 1980 as a warehouseman in Livingston, MT. Bill was selected as a groundman a short time later and relocated to Bozeman, MT. He went through a three year apprenticeship program and became a journeyman in 1985. Various duties have included working as a serviceman and a lineman in Yellowstone National Park. He was selected to be on the URD Standards Committee, 12KV Rubber Glove instructor, Transmission and Distribution Safety Committee. Bill retired from Northwestern Energy after 30 years in the Bozeman division. He has always enjoyed teaching groundman and apprentices the line trade. Safety has always been important to Bill and continuing to teach these work habits at Highlands College is very rewarding. 

You may also contact Enrollment Services Representative Breanna Hall at or 406.496.3716.