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Experience the realities of your potential career path

Pre-qualification camps are designed to "pre-qualify" potential applicants for various craft positions at Westar Energy. Camp gives you the hands-on experience to determine if this is the career path for you. Lineman and substation camps are currently offered. 

Pre-qualification camps

  • Are posted online along with our other job opportunities.
  • All individuals must apply online to be considered.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Are hosted annually and sometimes twice a year depending on our hiring needs.
  • Are generally seven days long, starting on a Sunday and continuing through the following Saturday. 
  • Training is set for 10-to 12-hour days or longer, with one day extending until dark.
  • External applicants selected for camp do not receive payment for their time in camp.
  • Lodging, food and drink are provided because of the long hours. Mileage reimbursement is not provided.

What qualities are we looking for?

Candidates are selected based on education, experience and overall fit. It is beneficial, but not required, for the applicant to have:

  • A community college or technical degree in a field related to electric power.
  • An apprenticeship for another electric utility or contractor.
  • Related, applicable experience.
  • Those who have related experience or an educational background in a lineman program or electric power technology program may be more successful in some components of the camp. 

Lineman pre-qualification camp

Lineman pre-qualification climbing camp helps select candidates into our lineman profession. During camp, you will learn the most basic skills, such as wood pole climbing. Various tasks are performed to give you the perspective of what daily work is like. You are constantly under the watchful eye of a journeyman lineman and lineman trainers. They make sure your experience is safe while they evaluate your ability to assimilate to all aspects of the job, both mentally and physically. 

Frequently asked questions
Q. Am I required to provide my own equipment or tools?

A. No. We provide the tools and equipment for camp. Attendees are required to provide their own work clothing, including long- sleeved shirts and sturdy work boots with a 3/4 inch minimum heel or pole climbing/logging boots. A list of items is provided to you before camp begins.

Q. How many people are selected for camp?

A. The maximum class size is 20. Camps may be smaller depending on the number of instructors. The camp roster is initially filled by current Westar employees and then outside applicants.

Q. What will I do during lineman camp?

A. Climb. Climb. Climb. It is a "basic" climbing camp. No matter the outcome, camp is a tremendous experience for you. It is imperative to remember that camp is a way to show whether you have what it takes to continue in the lineman profession. Camp is mentally and physically demanding. Camp will go on rain or shine, day or night, always with safety taking priority.

Q. What am I tested for during lineman camp?

A. You are evaluated for mental and physical aptitude and ability to assimilate to the craft. There is no "cut line" or specific number of selected applicants. Historically, camp dropout rate is about 40 percent. You can voluntarily drop out, or your instructors may ask you to retire from the class. This will be done if you exhibit an inability to continue in a safe manner.

Q. If I pass lineman camp, what are the next steps?

A. Successful candidates are ranked by instructors at the end of camp and placed accordingly in a hiring pool until Westar contacts you about available apprentice openings in the line department.

Q. What can I do to prepare for lineman camp?

A. Get in shape! We encourage following our Qualification Camp Conditioning Regimen.

Substation pre-qualification camp

Substation pre-qualification climbing camp helps select candidates into our substation profession. During camp, you will learn the most basic skills, such as steel structure climbing. Various tasks are performed to give you the perspective of what daily work is like. You are constantly under the watchful eye of a journeyman substation technician or substation technician. They make sure your experience is safe while they evaluate your ability to assimilate to all aspects of the job, both mentally and physically. 

Frequently asked questions
Q. Am I required to provide my own equipment or tools?

A. No. We provide the tools and equipment for camp. Attendees are required to provide their own work clothing, including long- sleeved shirts and sturdy work boots with a 3/4 inch minimum heel or pole climbing/logging boots. A list of items is provided to you before camp begins.

Q. How many people are selected for camp?

A. The maximum class size is 10. Camps may be smaller depending on the number of instructors. The camp roster is initially filled by current Westar employees and then outside applicants.

Q. What will I do during substation camp?

A. You will participate in a variety of exercises that are mechanical and electrical in nature. No matter the outcome, camp is a tremendous experience for you. It is imperative to remember that camp is a way to show whether you have what it takes to continue pursuing a profession as a substation technician. Camp is mentally and physically demanding. Camp will go on rain or shine, day or night, always with safety taking priority.

Q. What am I tested for during substation camp?

A. You are evaluated for mental and physical aptitude and ability to assimilate to the craft. There is no "cut line" or specific number of selected applicants. Historically, camp dropout rate is about 40 percent. You can voluntarily drop out, or your instructors may ask you to retire from the class. This will be done if you exhibit an inability to continue in a safe manner.

Q. If I pass substation camp, what are the next steps?

A. Successful candidates are ranked by instructors at the end of camp and placed accordingly in a hiring pool until Westar contacts you about available apprentice openings in the technical operations department.

Q. What can I do to prepare for substation camp?

A. Prepare by reviewing and practicing mechanical and math skills. Also, get in shape! A conditioning program to prepare you for climbing poles is available at Westar facilities.

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Westar Energy is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

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