Utility Tree Trimmer

Technical Diploma
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Why choose Utility Tree Trimmer?

  • High demand for utility tree trimmers locally and nationally.
  • Career offers stability and advancement opportunities.
  • Strong wages and benefits.
Utility tree trimmers work to maintain critical utility infrastructure and ensure uninterrupted services throughout the country. It’s important, hands-on work and a rewarding career choice for those who love the outdoors.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

What You'll Learn

The Utility Tree Trimmer program is a one-year technical diploma embedded in the Arborist Technician associate degree. Students are trained in introductory electrical awareness and safety, electrical hardware identification, tree pruning, chainsaw use, climbing and related aerial tree work, tree identification, pesticide handling and application, and tree biology. Teamwork and crew leadership are also emphasized.

The program includes hands-on exploration and learning, and many classes are outdoors. Our unique aerial component ensures students gain experience while working safely in trees.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $2,491.25
  • Books: $0
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $40.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $2,531.25

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for prorated Financial Aid based on length of program and/or number of credits. Aid may not be enough to cover all program costs.

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10001118 Landscape Plant Identification  2
  10001124 Arborist Skills Introduction 2
  10001133 Chainsaw Safety and Operation 2
  10001173 Pruning for Structure  2
  Term Total   8 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10001102 Plant Health Care Applicator  2
  10001110 Tree Biology 2
  10001125 Arboriculture Operations 1 2
  10001108 Electric Systems & Safety in Arboriculture 1
  10001150 Workplace Communication in Arboriculture 1
  Term Total   8 Credits
  Program Total   16 Credits



Joe Hoffman obtained his master of forestry from Virginia Tech and is a certified arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture. For over a decade he has coordinated travel for Midwest students to attend the annual Tree Care Industry Expo, helping to expose them to the same breadth of opportunities he’s enjoyed. He brings over 17 years of arboriculture experience to the classroom and keeps his skills current by working in the industry during the summer and attending conferences.

“I’m deeply rewarded when students fully grasp that this education is theirs…when they take ownership and pursue their passions with all their might.”


Luke earned his MS in soil science from UW–Stevens Point. He also holds a BS in urban forestry. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and a Wisconsin Certified Pesticide Applicator (3.0). His experience includes nearly 10 years in landscape/turf management, commercial tree care (climbing, lift, planting, and treating), tree inventories, soil assessment, and research. He taught for three years at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha before joining Mid-State Technical College full-time in 2021.

“Arboriculture isn’t just another job. It is a passionate industry where outside is your daily office and trees are your clients! We do have fun here!”


  • Tree Trimmer
  • Pruner
  • Tree Climber
  • Consulting Utility Forester
  • Right of Way Vegetation Management Specialist


High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

“Most students go to college to find good-paying careers doing something they enjoy. Mid-State gave me that and so much more as I discovered my passion and achieved more than I ever could have anticipated.”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

TransferDual CreditCredit for Prior Learning

Utility Tree Trimmer Pathway