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Electric Utility Technology


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The Electric Utility Technology program offered by Venango College of Clarion University in partnership with Global Power Line Academy is a unique program that combines classroom learning with hands-on training. Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology Degree. Students will complete two full-time semesters of coursework in general and business education at Venango College in Oil City. Technical training will be completed during a 12-week summer session (date TBA) at the Blue Knob All Seasons Resort in Claysburg, PA.

TrainingGlobal Power Line Academy

Industrial Field Training (28 Credits):
The curriculum at Global Power Line Academy includes: Students learn how to climb wood poles, install cross arms and hardware on poles, install underground systems, install conductors and pole-line equipment, operate the equipment, and learn to use various tools of the trade in simulated conditions.

General Education Courses (20 Credits): Writing II, Excursions in Math, Applications of Microcomputers, Basic Physical Science, Principles of Macroeconomics, Public Speaking and Health & Wellness

Business Courses (15 Credits): Intro to Business, Management Theory & Practice, Intro to Industrial Technology, Issues in Applied Technology, and Industrial Safety


AAS-IT Curriculum Checksheet


Students must apply and meet the requirements for admission to Clarion University:

Students must pass a driving and criminal background screening, obtain a CDL physical and technical capabilities assessment, and meet the requirements necessary to obtain a CDL license.


Housing is available at Venango College of Clarion University during the academic coursework, and students can stay at condos at Blue Knob Ski Resort during their technical studies.  Housing is $145/week, and students can room in 2-bedroom condos with another student, or alone in a studio apartment.  Housing for the full 12-week program is approximately $1740.


12-Week Summer Session: Blue Knob All Seasons Resort: 1424 Overland Pass Claysburg, PA.

Required Equipment

Students are required to have the following equipment on/before the first day of classes:  Students can obtain these in advance, or purchase from Bashlin Industries during the orientation (approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of the technical program).  The cost of these tools is approximately $1650.  Students are also required to pay Global Powerline Academy $1100 for books and supplies, due on the first day of your technical classes. 


For more information please call Tim Taylor at (814) 676-6591 x1307 or email

For information on Admissions and Financial Aid please call Theresa Nestor at (814) 676-6591 x1211 or email


Hiring demands driven by an aging workforce and coupled with a lack of skilled applicants is creating a "perfect storm" in electric utility human resource departments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, in 2008, 64% of the Pennsylvania utility workforce is over the age of 45. According to the US Census Bureau Local Employment Dynamics report, as of the second quarter 2008, almost 40% of Pennsylvania's utility industry employees age 45 to 54 will be eligible for retirement in the next 5 to 10 years.

Additional industry challenges include legislation, such as Act 129, Distribution System Improvement Charges (DSIC), American Clean Energy and Security Act, and PA Climate Change Act. These legislative mandates address long overdue energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades. They will also drive job creation and training needs in both emerging and traditional utility sectors. Some examples of infrastructure upgrades created by emerging technologies are grid Connections for utility scale solar & wind generation and smart grid and smart metering.

The electrical power generation, transmission and distribution industry employs about 400,000 people nationally. Of those power workers, 30-40 % will be eligible for retirement or will leave the industry for other reasons by 2013. Of those 120,000 to 160,000 that are going to be leaving the sector, an industry survey suggests 58,200 will be skilled workers and another 11,200 will be engineers. The National Commission on Energy Policy also predicts that by 2022 there will be a need for 150,000 professionals for designing and constructing new electrical infrastructure, or about 40 percent the size of the existing workforce. "The demand for skilled workers to operate and maintain the electrical generation systems of the future will increase steadily as new technologies come online. The number of additional workers will be around 60,000 by 2030, an increase of roughly 15 percent."

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