Dona Ana Community College Lineworker Internship Program


In partnership with Dona Ana Community College, El Paso Electric hosts a paid cooperative learning opportunity to fulfill the internship requirement for the Electrical Lineworker Certification Program. 

Throughout the duration of the internship, students will develop the technical skillset required to safely and successfully complete a Lineworker apprenticeship.


Participants of this program will be immersed into the frontlines of the industry by gaining safe, hands on experience with seasoned experts and their line crews while gaining exposure to the physical and environmental challenges associated with this career. This exciting opportunity requires you to work in a variety of extreme weather conditions, while engaging in heavy lifting, climbing poles over 110 feet, trenching and working in overhead buckets that can reach up to 90 feet. 

A typical apprenticeship program career track is:

  • Helper - Apprentice (approximately 6-8 months)
  • Apprentice (approximately 4 years)
  • Lineworker

This entry-level experience is a catalyst towards building an approximate five year progression path towards becoming a first-class line worker in the power industry.


  1. High school diploma or equivalent
  2. Must be enrolled in the DACC Lineworker Certification Program
  3. Must successfully complete the DACC Lineworker Certification Program
  4. Must pass El Paso Electric screening requirements including, drug and alcohol test, background check, Motor Vehicle Report, and a Human Performance Evaluation (HPE)
  5. Must possess a valid driver’s license and comply with EPE’s driving policy




We are recruiting for the Summer 2019 cohort. Submit your interest card by clicking here.


1. Do I have to enroll in DACC'S Lineworker Certificaiton Program to be eligible for this internship?

Yes. The internship is a key element of the DACC Lineworker Certification program and is required to successfully obtain your certification. To learn more about enrolling in the DACC Lineworker Certification Program, contact Terry Mount at (575) 527-7584 or click here.

2. Am I eligible to start EPE’s Lineworker apprenticeship program upon completion of my internship? 

You must successfully complete your internship and formally apply for a Helper-Apprentice vacancy to be considered for EPE’s apprenticeship program.

3. What can I expect during and upon completion of my internship?

This internship is an opportunity to showcase your ability to succeed in an electrical Lineworker career. As an intern, you will work with several line crews and operations leadership teams who will provide guidance and training for you to be successful in an apprenticeship role. Strong performing interns may be eligible for a Helper-Apprentice position subject to availability and operational demand.

4. Will this internship position require me to relocate?

The internship position will not require relocation. Relocation may be required if an intern transitions into a Helper-Apprentice role.


El Paso Electric Company is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer with a drug and alcohol free workplace. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.