Powerline Technician
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  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
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 for details.

IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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.

YOUR INVESTMENT
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.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
BDT100G
3
Environmental Awareness
ELT101
6
Electricity Fundamentals I (DC/AC Circuits)
MTH134
2
Math for Construction I
PLT110
4
Power Line Trade Awareness & Safety
PLT111
5
Climbing & Pole Framing Techniques


Semester 2
ELEC1030
3
Choose one general education elective.
EET144
3
Introduction to Computer Aided Design
COM210
3
Introduction to Technical Communication
ELT201
3
Electricity Fundamentals II (AC Circuits)
PLT210
4
Safety & Vehicle Operation
PLT211
4
Single Phase Pole Line Construction

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
ELT402
3
Transformer Theory
PLT303
2
Reclosures, Relays & Protective Equipment
PLT310
4
Pole Line Construction Theory
PLT412
5
Underground System Construction
PLT311
5
Three Phase Pole Line Construction
PLT421
3
Distribution Line Design

Semester 4
PLT422
4
Voltage Transformer and Regulation
PLT410
3

Underground, Transformer Bank & Street Light Theory
PLT411
5

Transformer Bank and Street Light Installation
ELEC1030
3
Choose one general education elective
ELT304
3
Powerline Transmission & Distribution