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The EDT program teaches the skills and knowledge needed to apply for skilled craft positions in the electrical utility industry.

Get ready for a fast paced, challenging curriculum that combines a practical application of safety concepts and established work practices. The program includes college-level academic courses in computers, math, and electrical theory. It’s mentally and physically challenging, but graduates are qualified to apply for positions in the Overhead, Underground, and Substation Maintenance crafts.

Course Load

Expect to attend classes Monday thru Friday during the day and some evenings to complete the 1 year, 44-credit course and receive a Certificate in Electrical Distribution Technology.

Internship Opportunities

Students are responsible for paying their own tuition for the classes at CCAC, but as part of the program you can interview for one of 2 paid internships at the end of each semester.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

  • Lineworker
  • Underground Splicer
  • Switching Dispatcher
  • Troubleshooter

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • Program begins in early August
  • Applications accepted January 1 - April 30
  • 1 Year Certificate Program
  • Candidates will obtain a Class A CDL
  • 2 paid internship opportunities for all students
  • 3 available scholarships
  • Successful graduates will be considered for positions with Duquesne Light. Graduation does not guarantee employment

DLC STUDENT SELECTION PROCESS

APPLICATION

You must apply to the EDT posting and submit a resume. Submissions outside of this process will not be accepted.

VIDEO INTERVIEW

Applicants will be invited to complete a brief video interview. Invitations will be sent via email after the posting closes.

Cast Test

Candidates selected from video interviews will be invited to take the Edison Electrical Institute (EEI) Construction and Skilled Trades test (CAST), which assesses abilities in Graphical Arithmetic, Mechanical Concepts, Reading for Comprehension, and Mathematical Usage. Here’s a link to a practice CAST test that you can try as many times as you like:

https://secure.eei.org/eeitests/onlineproducts/
USERNAME: DuquesneLight1
PASSWORD: DuquesneLight1

Wood Pole Tryout

Candidates who pass the CAST test will be invited to complete a 3day (7:00am - 3:30pm) tryout where they receive instruction and are assessed on basic tool identification, knot tying, pole climbing, and introduction to confined space.

DRUG & BACKGROUND SCREENS

During the Wood Pole Tryout, a background check and drug screen (both urine and hair follicle) will be administered.

Interview

The finalists for the program will participate in a 30-minute face-to-face professional interview with Duquesne Light leadership as the last step in the process.

OTHER STEPS IN THE PROCESS

ENROLL EARLY

Prospective students are encouraged to complete the application for admission to CCAC as early in the process as possible to avoid delays in paperwork. The online form can be found at https://www.ccac.edu/Apply/.  

PLACEMENT TESTING

CCAC will review transcripts and/or conduct placement testing on basic math skills before enrollment into the program.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) PHYSICAL

Students will need to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in order to successfully complete the EDT program. A completed Medical Examiners’ Certificate will be required prior to enrollment.

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