Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

​Not all high school graduates will be attending college in the Fall. Many young adults can’t imagine being saddled with $100k or more in debt. In doing so, they quickly figure out they’ll need more than an undergraduate degree to be competitive. More education, more time in GE courses, and more time lost from a beginning sustainable employment. The good news is the pathway to a high salaried career doesn't always have to equal more debt.

​Sadly, our schools have abandoned teaching trades and employable skills in new and emerging industries. We recently learned about an opportunity explicitly designated for African Americans. Lineworkers are in demand and will be for the seeable future. With overtime pay, Journeyman Lineworkers can easily earn just south of $200k annually.

Edison International recently announced a Lineworker Scholarship Program. The announcement posted on the company's website stated--Edison International and Southern California Edison believe a diverse applicant pool and workforce that reflect the communities and the companies we serve to make for better business. With that in mind, they issued a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Report in August 2020, committing to a multipronged diversity initiative that included funding a lineworker scholarship program. As part of this commitment, Edison International developed a four-year, $1-million pilot scholarship program to provide scholarships and additional support totaling up to $25,000 per recipient. In 2021, the purpose of this scholarship program is to increase Black representation in the lineworker role.

​The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Journeyman Lineman Salaries

The average journeyman lineman makes about $91,121 per year. That's $43.81 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $70,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $118,000. Many journeyman linemen seem drawn to utilities and construction companies. Unless they care more about money, journeyman linemen tend to work at energy, utilities, and construction companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Alaska, Minnesota, and North Dakota pay journeyman linemen the highest salaries.

​Applicants to the Edison International Lineworker Scholarship Program must:

​​● Self-identify as Black or African American
● Enroll at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College for fall 2021
● Enroll in the Powerline Mechanic Certificate Program
● Have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent
● Be eligible to work in the United States
● Possess a valid driver’s license and must be eligible to obtain a Class A
● Be eligible to obtain a Class A license*

​​Military veterans are highly encouraged to apply.*DISCLAIMER: Individuals must be 21 years of age to obtain a Class A license.

Source: Southern California Edison & ZIPPIA
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Posted May 5, 2021
By James Farr
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