ComEd and City Colleges of Chicago Encourage Enrollment in the Overhead Electrical Line Worker Training Program at Dawson Tech this Fall
CCC now accepting applications for workforce program designed to prepare job seekers for family sustaining careers in energy
“ComEd’s ability to provide access to clean, affordable and reliable power for 9 million people throughout the region depends on a highly skilled workforce – and the Dawson OELW program is key to attracting diverse, local talent needed to power our communities,” said
Participation in the OELW program can provide job seekers a competitive edge in applying for employment at ComEd, including jobs such as line workers, which offer starting hourly wages of nearly
ComEd and CCC are committed to removing barriers to job training and access to employment opportunities. To that end, ComEd has committed
“We are thrilled that ComEd shares our mission and is helping Chicagoans meet their career objectives with these generous scholarships,” said
ComEd and CCC launched the OELW training program at Dawson Tech in 2006 to help expand access to specialized training needed to support job seekers pursuing roles in the electrical and utility trades. During the program, participants learn a combination of math and physical skills needed to succeed in the electrical industry. Participants receive field training as well as classroom preparation needed for the construction and skilled trades (CAST test) and fundamentals of electricity to perform work safely. Upon completion, students receive an Advanced Certificate from CCC, and job placement support.
Since the program launched, more than 435 participants have graduated, with the program helping residents acquire skills needed in math and physical training to advance in utilities industries. More than 60 percent of OELW graduates have been hired by ComEd.
CCC is accepting applications for the Fall OELW program now. There are some pre-requisites including scheduling a one-hour orientation with a CCC advisor, taking an English and math placement exam, and completing a pole climbing evaluation at Dawson Tech.
This summer, ComEd will host a series of climb clinics and interviewing workshops to help applicants overcome barriers to training and employment. Additionally, applicants can take an online practice CAST test, an industry entrance exam that tests math and reading skills.
To learn more about pre-qualifications and to submit an application, please visit: