Iowa Valley Board approves two new Utility Tech degree tracks
The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors has approved two advanced degrees, Powerline Technician and Natural Gas Technician. The College will now offer each track as a 2-year Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree. Both programs are set to launch this fall on the Marshalltown Community College campus.
“These new programs are designed to meet the needs of the utility industry and will provide our students a local opportunity to enter a high skill, high wage career,” says Robin Shaffer Lilienthal, MCC Provost. We anticipate waiting lists for this program, so interested students should contact us as soon as possible.”
Now that it has received approval from the state, the College is working to implement program resources, equipment, and staffing for each program track. This fall students will have the opportunity to help in the construction of the Utility Technician gas and line fields. By the fall of 2015, MCC will have its own training facility. The College still plans to make use of the Alliant field in Marshalltown as well as the Ankeny facilities.
Powerline Tech and Natural Gas Tech programs will prepare students to work in and around electrical and gas line utilities respectively. The curriculum consists of both classroom studies and lab/field training. Students learn basic skills and applications in transmission and distribution as required by industry. Persons trained in this field work for power companies installing and maintaining overhead and underground powerlines. Powerline technicians are employed by power companies, municipalities, and by electrical contractors.
For more information on this program or others, go to MCC’s website at www.MarshalltownCommunityCollege.com and click on ‘Careers and Degrees’.