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Powerline Technician (Co-op)

Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
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 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Ingersoll
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 36


Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the international program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Books and supplies are additional.
*Apprenticeship classroom fees, apprenticeship registration fees and related costs are additional.

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:

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.

For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
CDEV1020 Co-op and Career Preparation
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
ELEC1555 Electrical Theory I
ELEC1560 Powerline Theory & Construction I
MATH1520 Electrical Math
OHS1170 Occupational Health and Safety
Level Two
ELEC1570 Metering Theory
ELEC1580 Electrical Theory II
ELEC1590 Powerline Theory & Construction II
LIBS1231 Get Fit I
Electives: General Education Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level Three
COOP1420 Co-op Work Term I (Powerline Technician)
Level Four
COMM2130 Applied Communication II
ELEC2200 Electrical Theory III
ELEC2210 Powerline Theory & Construction III
LIBS1690 Applied Organizational Behaviour
Level Five
COOP2100 Co-op Work Term II (Powerline Technician)
Level Six
ELEC2220 Electrical Theory IV
ELEC2230 Powerline Theory & Construction IV
ELEC2240 Transformer Theory
MECH2185 Applied Mechanical/Electrical Systems
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.

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

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 Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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