Earn an Associate Degree in Electric Utility Technology

With the Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology, students receive work-based training to gain in-demand technical skills and foundations of electric power distribution. The degree is offered in partnership with FirstEnergy Power Systems Institute (PSI).

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This program, offered in partnership with FirstEnergy and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, is a pre-employment program. Students are not guaranteed employment; however, students with the right grades, skills, and attitude will have the potential to be hired by FirstEnergy.

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Build a solid foundation for a promising career with our Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of real-world knowledge and additional workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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New jobs

Projected for various in-demand jobs in the electric utility field by 2030!


Annual Jobs

Predicted between 2021 to 2030 in the electric utility industry.


Average Salary

For careers like lineworker, line installer, and other electric utility occupations.

    • As per BLS, there will be 240,300 new jobs in the electric utility technology sector by 2030.
    • According to BLS, the average annual median salary for electric utility job roles is $74,530.
    • BLS predicts nearly 23,300 new jobs annually within the electric utility sector in the next decade.

Why Pursue an Associate Degree in Electric Utility Technology?

The two-year Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Electric Utility Technology in partnership with Power Systems Institute and FirstEnergy helps students learn the fundamentals of electric power distribution. The degree lets students:

    • Grasp all concepts about modern technologies used in the electrical utility sector.
    • Learn skills that raise their potential to get hired by FirstEnergy.
    • Have industry relevant knowledge and competency to raise earning potential.

Become Career Ready With an Associate Degree in Electric Utility Technology

Ready to seek technical skills for a fast-track career in the electrical utility field? The Electric Utility Technology, A.A.S. degree program provides industry-focused hands-on training to help students gain new-age technical skills required to enter or advance in their career.

Throughout the Electric Utility Technology program, students learn the foundations of electrical theory along with various in-demand skills and safety procedures required for modern-day electric utility related occupations.

Earn this associate degree in Electric Utility Technology from our School of Workforce Development and Engineering Technologies!


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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

With our associate degree in Electric Utility Technology, students learn the latest technologies, identify safety and qualitative procedures required in the professions of lineworker.

The Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Electric Utility Technology imparts a practical understanding of concepts such as informational literacy, fundamentals of electricity, circuit analysis, overhead lines technology, and much more. The curriculum helps students to:

    • Understand and learn electrical theory related to power distribution.
    • Identify and learn safety measures linked to line work.
    • Learn utmost professionalism, teambuilding, and effective communication.
    • Learn skills needed to potentially be employed by FirstEnergy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology program? We can help!

Admission requirements to the Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted. This program is offered in partnership with FirstEnergy and include additional selection steps:
Steps in the Selection Process
  • Program Orientation This is your opportunity to learn more about the program and decide if a career as a lineworker is right for you.
  • Technical Evaluation Prospective students are evaluated on a series of hands-on activities that are performed on the job.
  • Placement Testing Transcript review and/or placement testing in reading, math, and writing is completed before prospective students register for classes.
  • Background Screening Prospective students must successfully pass a background screen consisting of criminal and driving history.
  • D.O.T. Physical Prospective students must provide a completed Medical Examiners Certificate.
  • Climbing Course Prospective students learn the basics of climbing wood poles and are evaluated for enrollment in the PSI program.
  • Interview Prospective students participate in an interview with FirstEnergy management.
This program is a good option for students who are planning direct workforce entry.  Students can plan to transfer to a four-year college to save time and money by earning an  After pursuing an associate degree in Electric Utility Technology, students may seek direct workforce entry positions by becoming qualified for many lucrative career opportunities available in the local economy. The program incorporates real-world skills and content-specific knowledge needed to successfully land the career of dreams.  This program, offered in partnership with FirstEnergy and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, is a pre-employment program. Students are not guaranteed employment; however, students with the right grades, skills, and attitude will have the potential to be hired by FirstEnergy.
To choose a suitable Associate in Applied Science degree in Electric Utility Technology program, students must consider the time to complete, cost of tuition, and quality of the instruction provided. Students who need additional insight into career options should consider getting a free career inventory assessment that lets them explore the career options that align with their personal and professional interests.
For the Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Electric Utility Technology, students are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores to qualify. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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