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