Powerline Technician (Co-op)
Program DetailsCredential: 2-Year Ontario College Diploma
This two-year highly practical course of study is designed to prepare students for many facets of powerline and related occupations. Students will learn the basic skills required for the construction, maintenance and repair of overhead and underground power distribution systems and may also work on transmission lines.
Students will have the opportunity to complete level 1 and 2 apprenticeship in-school training provided through the MEARIE Group. Graduates will be required to complete level 3 and 4 as well as meet the requirements specified by the MTCU in order to become a journeyperson.
Student AvailabilityConestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.
Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.
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Work Term CapabilitiesSpecific skills and abilities that students are typically capable of performing during a given work term are listed below.
Work Term I
- Demonstrate proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as hand
and power tools specific to powerline technicians
- Conduct effective job planning and tailboard sessions and identify health
and safety hazards related to the job
- Employ proper pole climbing techniques, use of secondary fall protection
and positioning belts
- Perform pole top rescues and bucket evacuations
- Perform radial boom derrick (RBD) checks and competently set up units for operation
- Assist in the installation and removal of poles in a de-energized work area
- Demonstrate the procedure to safely install / remove temporary working grounds to establish a safe work area
- Perform as a member of an experienced powerline crew with routine duties
established by the utility or company
Work Term II
- Apply Utility Work Protection Code fundamentals specific to load break switch isolation and maintenance
- Understand induction, grounding and bonding
- Perform basic stringing operations safely by calculating conductor weights and tensions
- Familiar with the inspection, care and use of protective equipment and live line tools
- Assist with the installation and connection of 120/240 volt transformer using a MHAD
- Use safe hoisting and rigging procedures while performing RBD operations
- Perform as a member of an experienced powerline crew with routine duties established by the utility or company
- Assist with triplex service installation and connection
Sample Job TitlesApprentice Powerline Technician
Program CoursesTo see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.
Wage DataConestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.
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Contact InformationDo you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:
Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 3216