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Utility Arborist

Utility Arborist training in a bucket truck

Utility Arborist Program

Our Fall cohort starting August 31 is FULL! Stay tuned for information on our next cohort in January 2024.
Email blumentl@alpenacc or call 989.358.7296 for more information.

Utility Arborist Program Overview
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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

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

After successfully completing the Utility Arborist program, you will be certified in 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
For Funding Assistance, Contact:
Lauren Vitas
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