OCTOBER 15, 2003

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Power line technology degree announced

OSU-Oklahoma City has recently launched a new degree program to meet the growing needs of the utility industry. Co-developed with OGE, Oklahoma electric cooperatives, and municipally-owned power entities, the Power Transmission and Distribution Technology degree is designed to prepare individuals for a career in powerline installation and maintenance technology.

The program provides hands-on classes in power technology and additional skills in communications, computers and technology. Utility poles will be constructed on the OSU-Oklahoma City campus that will allow students the real life experience in the physical demands of this specialized career. And internships will be provided for students not currently working in the industry.

Students will also learn skills in team work, understanding and following work orders, pole-climbing, safety requirements and the basic skills to obtain a commercial driver's license.

Program graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Power Transmission and Distribution Technology. According to industry trends, average starting pay for a position of this sort is $15 per hour.

For more information, contact Dr. Neal Willison at 405-945-3220.