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Powering the Future

Have you always wanted a career in the energy sector? When you work in energy, your work reaches millions – everyone uses energy to power their homes, businesses, and recreation. Our economy, workforce, and culture rely on having a steady stream of energy and there is a growing demand for professionals to work in this industry.

Utility Fundamentals

Get your start with the Utility Fundamentals class, offered by Iowa Valley Continuing Education. This six-week course will teach the skills you need to land an in-demand career at a local co-op or municipality. These jobs are steady, high-paying jobs with a bright future. People who work in the field (including line mechanics in utilities, municipalities, cooperatives) typically earn between $56,000 – $91,000 (before overtime pay). Applicants must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent.

The Coursework

When you go through this six-week class, you will learn:

  • Basic Shop Math
  • Electrical Systems Overview
  • CDL – a CDL permit is preferred, but not required
  • Forklift Certification
  • General Utility Overview
  • OSHA
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Workplace Communication and Soft Skills
  • Career Readiness
  • Computer Basics
  • How to work with different personality types
  • Basic Schematics

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Class Format

This class is offered in a hybrid format. The first two weeks of this class are in-person, but after that, classes are offered online. No computer, no problem! You can still attend class on campus.

Cost and Tuition Assistance

This six-week program costs $3199. Tuition assistance is available for this course. Contact Jennifer Rice to see if you qualify.

How to Apply

This course is custom-designed to teach the skills employers need, and spots will fill up quickly. Reserve your spot today by calling Continuing Education at 641-752-4645.

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