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Welcome To Our Overhead Line Apprenticeship Program

Our Overhead Line Apprenticeship is dynamic initiative forged through a collaborative effort between VTA and ATU Local 265. In partnership with Mission College, we have meticulously designed this program to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to become certified skilled Overhead Line workers. Aspiring apprentices can look forward to 2,000 hours of comprehensive training over 18-month period, combining in-class instruction and hands-on experience. Join us on a journey towards a rewarding career in the world of overhead lines, where your potential knows no bounds.

An apprenticeship in the overhead line field offers a multitude of benefits:

1. **Hands-On Learning**: Apprentices gain real-world, hands-on experience, allowing them to apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings. This experience is invaluable and sets the foundation for a successful career.

2. **Certification**: Successful completion of the program leads to certification by both Mission College and the Department of Labor and Division of Apprenticeship Standards. This certification is recognized industry-wide and enhances career prospects.

3. **Job Security**: Skilled overhead line workers are in high demand, ensuring job security. The skills acquired during the apprenticeship are transferable and provide a strong foundation for long-term employment.

4. **Labor-Management Partnership**: Our program is a collaborative effort between VTA and ATU Local 265, fostering a supportive and cooperative environment for apprentices. This partnership ensures that apprentices' rights and interests are protected.

5 **Career Advancement**: Overhead line work offers numerous opportunities for career growth. Apprentices can advance to roles such as journeyman Overhead Line worker, supervisor, or even specialize in areas like substation maintenance or renewable energy.

6 **Community Impact**: Overhead line workers play a critical role in maintaining essential infrastructure, contributing to the safety and reliability of electrical systems. Apprentices in this field can take pride in their work's positive impact on their communities.

7. **Lifelong Learning**: The electrical industry is constantly evolving. Apprenticeships instill a commitment to lifelong learning, as staying updated with the latest technologies and safety standards is crucial.

In summary, an apprenticeship in the overhead line field not only equips individuals with valuable skills but also opens the door to a stable, well-compensated, and fulfilling career with ample room for growth and development.


After completion of the program, Graduates will receive 
  • Receive transferable college credits 

  • Certificate of Achievement from Mission College 

  • Apprenticeship Certificate from The US Department of Labor 

  • Apprenticeship Certificate from The California Division of Apprenticeships 


Managing Stress

As part of the core training process, JWI covers health, wellness and professional development. These activities emphasize mastering the “human element” of driving a bus and applying stress management/health and wellness techniques. New operators classroom debriefing after completing initial driving time. They discuss their experiences and whether or not they were able to “let go” of the stress that some situations may have caused them. The goal is to teach new operators how to manage on the job stress and make good judgments while alone.


The curriculum’s workbook introduces:

1.) Encounter,

2.) Defuse

3.) Recenter

4.) “Let Go” stress management model

Still Have Questions?

If you have questions, or comments regarding our program, please feel free to contact us.



Overhead Line Worker - Certificate

Upon successful completion of 25.5 units of course requirements and 2000 hours of related work experience, students will be eligible for the Overhead Line Worker Apprenticeship approved by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

Graduates are employed as Overhead Line Workers, a high-level Way, Power, and Signal maintenance position in the mass transit field. An Overhead Line Worker working at a transit agency can train and promote to Overhead Line Worker Foreperson as the next step in the Way, Power, and Signal maintenance career path.

Depending on qualifications, the Overhead Line Worker can also apply for a range of other transit occupations.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will perform inspection, maintenance and repair of major overhead line components of a light rail system; and maintain tools, equipment, and vehicles in good operational condition.

  • Students will demonstrate effective safety protocols in a high voltage rail system environment. Students will interact effectively with a diverse community of coworkers in order to meet and exceed service delivery objectives.


To earn this certificate, students must complete the minimum required courses with a grade of C (or P) or better. Completion of 25.5-28.5 Units

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