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.
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.
This is a HIGH-INTEREST program and has the potential to become oversubscribed. Applicants are advised to apply before February 1st. See Admission Procedures for details.
Requirements to Become an Apprentice
In order for a Powerline Technician student to become registered as an apprentice, a student must meet the following IHSA (Infrastructure Health & Safety Association) requirements:
- Graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Must obtain a sixteen-week placement with a utility or contractor.
If a student meets the above criteria, the individual is eligible to receive their Level 1 apprenticeship schooling delivered at St. Clair College - Chatham by IHSA. (Infrastructure Health & Safety Association).
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
Program Physical Demands Analysis
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Powerline Technician Program (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 55610)
The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:
- Communicate information effectively and accurately by analyzing, translating, and producing electrical drawings and other related documents and graphics.
- Analyze and solve routine technical problems related to electrical technology and power distribution by applying the principles of mathematics and science.
- Calibrate, use and maintain instrumentation and test equipment.
- Identify problems with overhead and underground powerline equipment and systems by following established procedures and using a variety of troubleshooting techniques.
- Design and draw powerlines and underground distribution systems by following established procedures.
- Practice appropriate safety procedures for self and others and utilize personal protection equipment, including rigging and construction practices.
- Prepare and maintain records and documentation systems and participate in the planning of work and projects.
- Perform tasks related to powerline applications in accordance with relevant law, policies, procedures, standards, regulations and ethical principles.
- Select and apply electrical cabling requirements and verify system grounding for a variety of powerline applications.