OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
- Grade 12 English (C), (U) or (M)
- Grade 12 Math (C), (U) or (M) (MCT4C is highly recommended)
It is highly recommended that applicants successfully complete Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U) to be successful in this program.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures
IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures
The new Powerline Technician program is a two year diploma that prepares students for a career in power distribution. It will provide in depth knowledge and skills that will allow students to understand the installation, operation and maintenance of the distribution system.
Some of the principles taught will be electricity fundamentals and transformer theory, with reference to the distribution standards. In addition there is an introduction to the design of distribution systems, and CAD design.
The skills required for operation of boom equipped vehicles, powerline rigging, and fall protection will be taught, with an emphasis on safety.
- Comprehensive outdoor pole field lab for hands-on learning.
- Students gain hands on practical skills coupled with the theoretical knowledge required to become a powerline technician graduate heading toward an apprenticeship.
- Students will learn the technique of pole climbing and the operation of RBD and double bucket trucks.
- Pole top rescue, bucket escape and fall arrest are some of the overhead techniques learned along with underground installation, transformer operation and installation.
- Students will build overhead lines throughout the program, applying their skills in actual line- construction projects.
- Students will develop their problem solving, team building, and critical thinking skills.
Graduates of the Powerline Technician Program find employment with electric power companies, public municipal utility companies, electrical construction firms and contractors, equipment suppliers, and heavy engineering and construction firms.
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:
2016-2017 Tuition Fees
For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.
Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.
Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.
Electricity Fundamentals I (DC/AC Circuits)
Math for Construction I
Power Line Trade Awareness & Safety
Climbing & Pole Framing Techniques
Choose one general education elective.
Introduction to Computer Aided Design
Introduction to Technical Communication
Electricity Fundamentals II (AC Circuits)
Safety & Vehicle Operation
Single Phase Pole Line Construction
Reclosures, Relays & Protective Equipment
Pole Line Construction Theory
Underground System Construction
Three Phase Pole Line Construction
Distribution Line Design
Voltage Transformer and Regulation
Underground, Transformer Bank & Street Light Theory
Transformer Bank and Street Light Installation
Choose one general education elective
Powerline Transmission & Distribution