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What’s the CAST Test? Is there any prep? How long is it good for?

CAST (Construction and Skilled Trade) test is a battery of tests designed to gauge an applicant’s aptitude and ability to learn and process new information which provides an indication of the likelihood of success on the job.  CAST consists of four paper-and-pencil test(s) that take approximately two hours to complete. 

Click here to learn more about pre-employment testing and prep by taking a practice test

Upon taking and the CAST exam and passing, it is good for life so you do not have to take the exam again.

How can I prepare myself for a career as a lineworker?

Review the requirements to become a lineworker here. Also, talk to your guidance or CTAE counselor to choose classes that align with skills needed to become a lineworker.

Is there technical training I can do beforehand?

Yes, Electrical Lineworker Apprentice Certification (ELAC) is offered at five technical colleges in Georgia and the Electrical Utility Technologies (EUT) program is offered at two technical colleges in Georgia.  Click here for Technical College System of Georgia contact information. 

What types of internships does Georgia Power offer?

Georgia Power offers several types of internships. 

High School Graduates: For skilled trades positions, internships offer flexibility for high-school students to develop practical skills and apply on the job (OJT) experience. Fulltime employment opportunities may be available for students earning the Electrical Lineworker Apprentice Certification (ELAC).

Technical College Students: For students enrolled in the two-year Electrical Utility Technologies (EUT) associate program, our internships offer flexibility to develop practical skills and apply on the job (OJT) learnings through meaningful assignments. Typically, these internships are offered in the spring, summer and fall.

College Students: For positions requiring a four-year degree in electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical, nuclear, industrial and computer engineering fields, Georgia Power has on-campus, college recruiters who can share information on co-ops and internships. These internships are offered in the spring, summer and fall.

How long is the apprenticeship? Is it a certified apprenticeship?

The Unassigned Apprentice Lineworker-1 (UAL-1) is an apprentice program that combines skills training, classroom learning and on-the-job training (OJT) as part of Georgia Power’s Line Worker Development program (LDP).  Successful completion of the 4-year LDP program is required to become a Journeyman Line Worker with Georgia Power.  

The apprenticeship is approved by the State of Georgia and is a utility industry-recognized credential.

Does the training cost money?

On-the-job-training (OJT) does not cost money, it is a benefit of employment with Georgia Power. 

As part of your pre-employment training for you to become a lineworker, you may want to earn an Electrical Lineworker Apprentice Certification (ELAC) offered at one of the technical colleges in Georgia.  There is a cost involved in this instance but you may qualify for Hope Career Grant funding.  Click here to see which tech schools offer the ELAC.

Do I get full benefits as an apprentice?

The simple answer is yes, as a fulltime employee (FTE) you will receive full benefits which may include:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Health and Dependent Care Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Vacation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Upon employment with Georgia Power a Southern Company you will receive access to host of benefits and trained professionals here to assist you.

Is there overtime available?

Yes, compensation for overtime is available for hourly wage positions.