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Powerline Technician (Co-op)

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
0736C
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
ING
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

This skills-based program offers a unique opportunity for students to prepare for all facets of the powerline occupation. Students will learn the skills required for the construction, maintenance and repair of overhead and underground power- distribution systems and may also work on transmission lines. They will be required to complete Level 1 and 2 apprenticeship training through the MEARIE Group at a cost in addition to the regular tuition fee. Two co-op terms are part of this unique program and may be included as part of the required benchmark hours and hands-on skills training for journeypersons.

Students will be required to work outside in all weather conditions at substantial heights and may also be required to do heavy lifting.

After completion of the program, graduates will still be required to complete Levels 3 and 4 apprenticeship in-school training and related work experience in order to become journeypersons.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Ingersoll - September/2015 (Closed) - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Ingersoll
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 36

Note:

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for Powerline Technician (Co-op) - Program # 0736c

Ingersoll - Fall 2014 Level 1 & 2 & 3
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015 Spring 2015-Coop
Full-time Program Tuition $1339.00 $1339.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46 $0.00
Program Services Fee $256.50 $256.50 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $9.27 $9.27 $0.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50 $0.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $2087.63 $1832.63 $0.00

Year Total $3920.26

Ingersoll - Fall 2014 Level 4 & 5 & 6
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015-Coop Spring 2015
Full-time Program Tuition $1339.00 $0.00 $1339.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $0.00 $47.90
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $0.00 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $0.00 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $0.00 $123.46
Program Services Fee $256.50 $0.00 $256.50
CSI Association Fee $9.27 $0.00 $9.27
CSI - CSA $4.50 $0.00 $4.50
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $2087.63 $0.00 $1832.63

Year Total $3920.26



Apprenticeship classroom fees, apprenticeship registration fees and related costs are additional.

International fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for
Powerline Technician (Co-op) - Program # 0736c


Ingersoll - Fall 2014 Level 1 & 2 & 3
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015 Spring 2015-Coop
International Program Tuition $5500.00 $5500.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46 $0.00
Program Services Fee $256.50 $256.50 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $9.27 $9.27 $0.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $6918.63 $6368.63 $0.00

Year Total $13287.26


Ingersoll - Fall 2014 Level 4 & 5 & 6
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015-Coop Spring 2015
International Program Tuition $5500.00 $0.00 $5500.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $0.00 $47.90
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $0.00 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $0.00 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $0.00 $123.46
Program Services Fee $256.50 $0.00 $256.50
CSI Association Fee $9.27 $0.00 $9.27
CSI - CSA $4.50 $0.00 $4.50
ISR $375.00 $0.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $6918.63 $0.00 $6368.63

Year Total $13287.26

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Co-op Information

Graduate Opportunities



82% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $53,227.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CDEV1020 Co-op and Career Preparation

Description: This mandatory course prepares students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for post-graduate careers. Students will learn to critically evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate and interpret available opportunities in the workplace. Self-marketing techniques using resumes, cover letters, cold-calls, and interviewing will be learned and students will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace with regards to social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues.
Hours: 16
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1555 Electrical Theory I

Description: This course introduces the student to theoretical principals including magnetism, atomic structure and resistance in electric circuits. The course includes circuit structure, introduces ohms law and teaches students standard methods for drawing circuits. These skills will be applied in subsequent areas of study and future work in the electrical industry.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1560 Powerline Theory & Construction I

Description: In this introductory course students will learn the fundamentals of pole line construction techniques. Students will learn to climb poles and raise and lower material with the use of running handlines. Students will also gain knowledge of the use of personal tools. Students will be introduced to the design and layout of a powerline system. The course will introduce them to job planning and will practice work and protection skills and pole top rescue techniques. The operation, troubleshooting techniques and proper use of various gas powered accessories and tools used in powerline construction will also be covered. Students will also be introduced to the Radial Boom Derrick (RBD). USF Standards will be explained
Hours: 195
Credits: 13
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1520 Electrical Math

Description: This course is an introduction to the study of basic technical mathematics and its application to the solution of problems involving electrical quantities. Topics include basic arithmetic, decimals and percentages, powers and roots, systems of measurement, basic algebra, linear equations, and trigonometry. Students will study the metric and imperial scales and convert between them.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1170 Occupational Health and Safety

Description: Students will learn safe working practices, hazard awareness and the use of personal protective equipment, as well as safety legislation and regulations pertaining to the industry.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
ELEC1570 Metering Theory

Description: Students will learn about single-phase low voltage systems and the various revenue meters used to measure power. The students will study various types of revenue meters including their operation, methods to install, read and disconnect. The course will give them the knowledge and skills required to apply the correct meter as well as preform checks on meter bases prior to revenue meter installation. Students will identify smart meter system components.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ELEC1555
CoRequisites:

ELEC1580 Electrical Theory II

Description: This course builds on the theory covered in Electrical Theory Level I. Students will gain knowledge of sources of electricity including direct current and alternating current voltages. Students will be introduced to high voltage electrical measuring instruments and gain knowledge to safely use standard multimeters. Students will learn the principals of magnetic induction, and the basic necessities of voltage generation. The fundamentals of alternating current will be covered including basic trigometry and vectors.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: MATH1520
CoRequisites:

ELEC1590 Powerline Theory & Construction II

Description: In this second powerline theory and construction course, students will study and identify on electrical schematic primary and secondary distribution lines and construct a basic 3 phase distribution line. They will learn the principles of traffic control and will co-ordinate their work assignment preparation and completion with other students. Students will continue to learn safe practices and acquire the basic skills needed to handle themselves safely on the jobsite. Students will perform hydraulic drift checks on a Material Handling Aerial Device (MHAD) as well as perform a bucket evacuation and a bucket rescue. USF Standards will be employed.
Hours: 210
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: ELEC1560
CoRequisites:

LIBS1231 Get Fit I

Description: This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the components of fitness and it's application within their lifestyle. Emphasis will be placed on fitting fitness into the lifestyle of the participant and applying the basic concepts within fitness. Students will be required to develop and implement a personal fitness plan and program and apply/demonstrate appropriate fitness skills. This course will balance fitness theory with hands-on fitness training designed to enhance the level of fitness needed to be successful in each components of testing.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1180 WHMIS

Description: This course is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to define WHMIS, examine hazard identification and ingredient disclosure, explain labeling and other forms of warning, and introduce material safety data sheets (MSDS). The material covered satisfies in whole or in part, the requirements of the National Occupational Analysis for the Powerline Technician Occupation. This course is designed to give the student the ability to recognize situations requiring emergency action and to make appropriate decisions concerning first aid.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
COOP1420 Co-op Work Term I (Powerline Technician)

Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in which the student practices their skills under the direct supervision of the tradespeople in the workplace. This course will increase the student's understanding of employer's expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills. These skill areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience.
Hours: 420
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020
CoRequisites:

Level 4
COMM2130 Applied Communication II

Description: This applied course is designed to assist students to apply complex communication skills to work situations. This course will teach students to evaluate technical documents, gather and summarize technical information from a variety of sources, and apply ethical principles for descriptive writing, and verbal communication. This course will address requirements for reporting of hazards, injuries, and damage to the environment. COMM2130 will help students to employ problem-solving techniques and to hone skills in group work, research, and oral presentations.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC2200 Electrical Theory III

Description: This course builds on the concepts covered in Electrical Theory Levels I and II. Students will use their knowledge of the Pythagorean theorem to solve problems related to AC circuits. Students will learn the differences and advantages of single phase and three phase AC voltage. The effects of inductance and capacitance in AC circuits will be discussed in detail, along with calculations related to resistance, inductance and capacitance in AC circuits. Students will learn the principals of single phase transformation.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC2210 Powerline Theory & Construction III

Description: In the third powerline theory and construction course, apprentices will be introduced to rubber glove techniques and their use in both overhead and underground environments. They will explore the underground application of primary power cables. Apprentices will learn how to install, splice, connect and terminate underground cables. Aerial work during this phase of training will introduce apprentices to working from a double bucket insulated aerial device to change insulators and cut in switches. Installation of overhead transformers will be completed using a MHAD single bucket aerial device. Street light installation and troubleshooting will be accomplished using a single bucket aerial device. Apprentices will work independently and in teams to complete tasks to industry accepted and MTCU standards for Powerline Technicians. USF Standards will also be employed in this semester.
Hours: 210
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: ELEC1590
CoRequisites:

LIBS1690 Applied Organizational Behaviour

Description: Organizations impact individuals and individuals have an impact on organizations.
This course will examine factors that affect an individual's performance in an organization. It will analyze how theories can be applied to explain such factors as an individual's motivation, attitudes, teambuilding skills, leadership style, decision making, and stress management abilities. Other features such as organizational culture and change will also be analyzed to determine their impact on an individuals' behaviour in an organization. Practical workplace examples will be analyzed through discussion, case studies, and team projects.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 5
COOP2100 Co-op Work Term II (Powerline Technician)

Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in which the student practices their skills under the direct supervision of the tradespeople in the workplace. This course will increase the student's understanding of employer's expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills. These skill areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience.
Hours: 420
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020
CoRequisites:

Level 6
ELEC2220 Electrical Theory IV

Description: ELEC2220 expands on many of the topics covered in Electrical Theory III. Students will apply their knowledge of Ohm's Law and Watt's Law to practical models experienced within the Powerline trade. The relationship between inductance and capacitance within an AC circuit will be studied to gain a practical understanding of the need for capacitor use, voltage regulation and power factor corrections. An analysis of three phase AC systems and sine waves relating to three phase motor/equipment operation as well as the theoretical principles regarding troubleshooting three phase systems. This course also examines ferroresonance, tingle voltage and work on the neutral conductor.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ELEC2200
CoRequisites:

ELEC2230 Powerline Theory & Construction IV

Description: Apprentices will learn how to properly use and maintain live line tools and protective equipment and to safely execute a range of procedures such as changing insulators. As the apprentices move on to their next stage of training they will be introduced to significant voltages, amperages and hazards inherent in this type of work. This culminating activity is designed to supplement the apprentices' awareness of the powerline trade. The apprentice acts as a lead hand responsible for the safety, schematic interpretation and finally the construction of a total power system. The apprentice selects, organizes the tools, equipment, material and personnel to complete the distribution system build. Apprentices will also discuss the relevance of industry policies, procedures and standards and the importance of teamwork. USF Standards will also play an important role in this semester.
Hours: 180
Credits: 12
Pre-Requisites: ELEC2210
CoRequisites:

ELEC2240 Transformer Theory

Description: ELEC2240 offers an in depth look at single phase transformer operation, inductive properties of a transformer, sine wave and vector diagrams illustration voltage and current relationships between primary and secondary coils. Students will develop a sound understanding of transformer tap operation, transformer loading calculations, primary/secondary turns ratio relating to primary and secondary voltage/current inputs and outputs. Students will study three phase power generation and the formation of Wye and Delta electrical systems. Three phase transformer bank schematic development evolving into practical bank construction, wiring and loading calculations. Students will also be able to identify different types of transformers used in the electrical distribution system and logically solve voltage problems which may arise.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ELEC2200
CoRequisites:

MECH2185 Applied Mechanical/Electrical Systems

Description: This introductory course covers the effects of forces or rigid bodies at rest and in motion. Trusses and two dimensional frames are studied along with friction and centre of gravity. In addition, systems involving work, energy and power are studied.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ELEC2200
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

Local Apprenticeship Committee

The College appoints Local Apprenticeship Committee members for apprenticeship programs. The committee acts as a sponsor group to register student apprentices within this program. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.
Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2015 Ingersoll Closed
** Status applicable to domestic students

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