Lineman's supplement, training
Linemen provide a demonstration after the new NES training center opens its doors on the north side of Nashville, Tennessee.

Training Linemen for the Real World

Electric utilities and contractors prepare line workers for future power demands with hands-on training before they enter the field.

As the skilled labor shortage looms, electric utilities nationwide are taking action. Rather than waiting for waves of qualified journeymen linemen to walk out the door, they are building new training centers, investing in apprenticeship programs and focusing on hands-on education.

“Like many utilities and contractors, we are seeing not only a labor shortage but a skilled labor shortage,” said Greggory Bell, vice president of energized services for Quanta Energized Service

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