The Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT) program is a joint partnership between Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and Duquesne Light Company to provide training in the basic skills, knowledge, and abilities applicants would need to apply for skilled craft positions in the electrical utility industry.
The EDT program will begin in September 2021. Applications will be accepted Oct. 31, 2020, to May 15, 2021.
- One year Certificate Program
- The EDT program runs Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at DLC’s North Side facility.
- Some students may be required to take college courses in the evening at CCAC North Campus, dependent on prior coursework.
- Completion of the 44-credit course results in a Certificate in Electrical Distribution Technology.
- Participants will obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) as part of the EDT program.
- Course programming includes two paid field-based internships
- Five scholarships available
- Successful graduates will be considered for positions with Duquesne Light. However, graduation does not guarantee employment.
Upon graduation, students who excelled during the program and demonstrated the right skills and attitude will be considered for employment with Duquesne Light through its standard hiring practices.
Potential careers upon completion include: Lineworker, Underground Splicer, Operations Center Dispatcher and Senior Operator.
EDT PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS
- Access an application by using the "View Openings" link at the bottom of the page - Requisition ID 12262
- Video interview
- Edison Electrical Institute Construction and Skilled Trades (CAST)* test assesses abilities in graphical arithmetic, mechanical concepts, reading for comprehension, and mathematical usage.
- Wood pole tryout - Candidates who pass the CAST test will be invited to complete a three-day (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) tryout that includes basic tool identification, knot tying, pole climbing, and introduction to confined space.
- Drug and background screens - During the Wood Pole Tryout, a background check and drug screen (both urine and hair follicle) will be administered.
- Interview - Finalists for the program will interview as the last step in the process.
*EEI practice test site: https://secure.eei.org/eeitests/onlineproducts/
- Program participants are required to apply for admission to CCAC. Early application is encouraged to avoid delays in paperwork. The online form can be found at https://www.ccac.edu/Apply/
- CCAC will review transcripts and/or conduct placement testing on basic math skills before enrollment into the program.
- Program participants must fund their own tuition for CCAC courses. Financial aid may be available. Five DLC-sponsored scholarships are available.
- Students must obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in order to successfully complete the EDT program. This training is paid for by DLC as part of the program.