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What Is A Lineman?

So, you want an answer to the age-old question, “what is a lineman?” (Not sure it’s actually an age-old question, but the answer is this….) someone who works on power lines.  Alright that’s the end of the blog.  Okay, I’m kidding, there’s more to it than that. There are two

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Attending ELITE

What Is My Loved One Learning?

For the parents and loved ones of the students in Class 12, you’ll soon be hearing all about their new climbing gear and the correct procedure to inspect “hooks.” Strange phrases and unusual terms will become your new normal for the next eleven weeks, such as: The higher the voltage,

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Must-Have Tools
Apprentice Linework

Must-Have Tools

At ELTI students learn the proper handling of dozens of tools. From pop tools and chain hoists, to bracing bits and wire grips. However, there are four tools that a graduating apprentice must have on their body at all times once they join a line crew. Those are: Klein’s, channel

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Apprentice Linework

Behind the Wheel

The first question you’ll get asked when applying for jobs is: “Do you have your CDL?” Earning a Commercial Driver’s License is a critical part of getting a job out of line school. Without one you will not be hired. This is because no contractor or EMC wants to hire a groundman that

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Grab a Shovel
Apprentice Linework

Grab a Shovel

Waylon Hasty, owner and head instructor at the Elite Lineman Training Institute (ELTI), tells each class that hand digging pole holes was “the best job he ever had.” After a full year of digging holes I can confirm his assessment, and I’ll boldly state that he undersold how much joy

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