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Utility Arborist


Utility Arborist training in a bucket truck

Utility Arborist Program
Utility Arborist Program Overview
Utility Arborist FAQs


If you enjoy working outside and are looking for a career that promises excitement and excellent compensation, we have a unique and exciting non-credit program for you at ACC. A Utility Arborist will prune, trim, repair, maintain, or remove trees and brush that are near energized power lines, gas lines, and other utility lines. This short-term, one-semester program, carefully developed by leaders within the utility arboriculture industry, offers the opportunity to develop best practices, skills and knowledge required for a career as a utility line clearance arborist.

You will experience the study of practical theory and hands-on training using actual equipment and materials in the classroom and field settings, including industrial chippers and chainsaws.

Program Facilities
ACC has a dedicated site on campus where students will clear trees and experience real-world scenarios of removing trees from utility lines. Students will learn how to operate a bucket truck and manually climb trees. These scenarios will provide valuable hands-on training and experience.

Utility Arborist in-field training  Utility Arborist in-field training


Preparation
Students must be in good physical condition and able to work in elevated sites. Safety equipment will be provided. A good driving record is required to qualify for your commercial driver's license (a requirement before operating utility vehicles).

Utility Arborist Program in the field

Certification
After successfully completing the Utility Arborist program, you will be certified in pesticide application, CPR/First Aid, OSHA 10, and prepared to take your CDL road test.

Email Program Director Walt Wiltse for information and to register!


Utility Arborist Director Walter Wiltse Contact the Program Advisor
Walter Wiltse
Director of Utility Arborist Program
989.358.7284
wiltsew@alpenacc.edu
For Funding Assistance, Contact:
Christy Wiltse
MiLEAP Navigator

989.306.7790
wiltsec@nemcworks.org



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Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium is an equal opportunity employer/program and a proud partner of the American Job Center Network. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. Supported by the State of Michigan. Funded with federal funds; details available at www.nemcworks.org/mw.asp. TTY#711 Revised 11/4/21