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Join Our Tree Trim Academy and Launch a New Career

Welcome to our Tree Trim Academy! DTE and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers partnership established this Detroit-based program to provide training for those seeking a career in Line Clearance Tree Trimming. Our commitment is to grow and develop local and diverse talent to meet the needs of maintaining safe, reliable energy. We are currently recruiting and placing students into upcoming cohorts.

Meet Our Students

Join our first cohort of Tree Trim Academy students pursuing a new career in line clearance tree trimming.

Soaring to New Heights

Tree Trim Academy offers a 6-week Line Clearance Tree Trimming training program that equips graduates with the skills needed to move into IBEW Local 17’s apprenticeship program pipeline.

Collaboration Brings Ideas to Life

DTE and IBEW Local 17 collaborated with Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit, Focus: HOPE and Detroit at Work to inclusively recruit talent from Metro-Detroit’s diverse workforce to fill the area’s ever-growing demand for Line Clearance Tree Trimmers. Our goal is to train and hire workers who are passionate about working outdoors and eager to learn the craftsmanship of a skilled trade.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is line clearance tree trimming needed for energy reliability?

Trees are responsible for nearly 70% of the time our customers spend without power. Areas where we’ve already trimmed have 2/3 fewer outages, so we know this works.

How does tree trimming impact the health of trees?

DTE is committed to maintaining healthy trees in the communities where we live and serve. Robust training provides line clearance tree trimmers the knowledge to accomplish both reliable energy service and tree health.

How can I find out more information?

We’re excited to partner with Focus: HOPE, who is currently placing students for our 2021 cohorts. Learn more about our process.