Electric Utility Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Electric Utility Technology program is designed to prepare the student for the position of an apprentice-level line worker who is familiar with the use of tools, materials, and the equipment of the electric utility industry. Students will be trained in power line installation and maintenance, pole climbing and use of tools, truck and equipment operation, and overhead and underground distribution, construction, and maintenance of electrical lines. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Electric Utility Technology is fully embedded in this AAS.


Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Degree Type
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Electric Utility Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Admissions criteria

Formal application and admission to the Electric Utility Technology program is required.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students must obtain First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification by the completion of EUT215.
Student must provide an Arizona Department of Transportation Medical Certification to the Division Office of Aviation and Applied Technology prior to the first class period for EUT115.
Students must obtain a Commercial Drivers License from the State of Arizona and/or an interstate Commercial Drivers License Class A with no restrictions prior to completion of the Required Courses.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate safe practices and procedures according to electrical industry standards.
  2. Demonstrate the proper set-up, operation, and use of equipment in the electric utility industry.
  3. Apply principles of Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) electricity in series and parallel circuits.
  4. Demonstrate the effective care, use, and handling of ropes and rigging relative to electric utility industry standards.
  5. Use the appropriate tools and equipment to safely set, climb, and frame utility poles and structures.
  6. Identify and describe the proper equipment and techniques used in lock out/tag out procedures and describe the industry safety practices and procedures related to each.
  7. Demonstrate the proper selection and connection of transformers.
  8. Practice proper rubber gloving and hot sticking techniques.
  9. Practice safe pole top and bucket truck rescue.
  10. Demonstrate professional and ethical decision making.
  11. Communicate in varied settings, both orally and in writing, in a culturally responsive manner.
  12. Evaluate mathematical work for procedural fluency and logical reasoning.
  13. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2021.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT12+ Intermediate Algebra Critical course 3–6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
FYE101 or
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
SG or
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EUT103 Introduction to Rigging 2
EUT110 Line Work I Critical course Gateway course Must be taken with or before EUT115 2
EUT112 Basic Electricity: AC and DC Critical course Must be taken with or before EUT115 4
EUT115 Field Training I 4
RE Restricted Elective 3
PPT120 Energy Industry Fundamentals PPT120 can be taken during Term 3 or Term 4 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EUT104 Equipment Safety and Operation Critical course 2
EUT210 Line Work II 2
EUT211 Electrical Apparatus Critical course 4
EUT215 Field Training II 4
RE Restricted Elective 3

Restricted Electives

Students must complete 15 total credits from the following list of courses. Selection must be from a minimum of 2 different course prefixes. Selected courses will not apply in both the Required and Restricted Electives areas.

ACC+++++ Any ACC Accounting courses
BPC+++++ Any BPC Business-Personal Computer courses
CAD+++++ Any CAD Computer-Aided Drafting courses
CIS+++++ Any CIS Computer-Information Systems courses
COM+++++ Any COM Communication courses
DFT+++++ Any DFT Drafting courses
ECE+++++ Any ECE Engineering Science courses
EEE+++++ Any EEE Electrical Engineering courses
ELE+++++ Any ELE Electronic courses
ELT+++++ Any ELT Electronics Technology
EMT+++++ Any EMT Emergency Medical Technology courses
HES+++++ Any HES Health Science courses
GBS+++++ Any GBS General Business courses
NET+++++ Any NET Networking Technology courses
PED+++++ Any PED Physical Education courses
PHY+++++ Any PHY Physics courses
PPT+++++ Any PPT Power Plant Technology courses
SPA+++++ Any SPA Spanish Courses
UAS+++++ Any UAS Unmanned Aircraft Systems courses

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=176634).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.