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Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program
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Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program

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Pre-Apprenticeship  Line  Program

According to a recent survey of the Montana utility industry, there is a nation-wide shortage of skilled line workers. The survey indicated asignificant need (40-50 new apprentice positions per year) for individuals with the skills provided by Montana Tech's Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program. This one-semester certificate program prepares students for groundman and apprentice positions within the line trade.

The program is a ongoing collaborative effort of many organizations, including:

  • Montana Tech
  • The Montana Department of Labor and Industry
  • North Western Energy
  • Montana Co-op Association
  • Rural Electric Association
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • National Electrical Contractors Association. 

These organizations have all come together to oversee the program and ensure future line-worker have the skills needed in industry.  

The Pre-Apprentice Line Program requires one semester of full-time study. 

If you have questions about the program, please contact Troy Kamps (instructor) or 406-496-4490 or Bill Ryan (Associate Dean) at You may also contact Enrollment Services Representative Breanna Hall at or 406.496.3716.

Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program

Student Spotlight

Line Program student
My experience at Montana Tech was great! Bob and Jim did a great job teaching in the classroom and in the field. You get more than you pay for. The knowledge is there for the taking. Montana Tech's program has greatly benefitted me in the field.
--Rob Curry, Spring 2011