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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:
2017 / 2018

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 through both classroom and significant practical skills development. 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 incorporated into 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 will also be required to do heavy lifting.

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

For more information please contact our Student Recruitment staff at trades@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Ingersoll - September/2017 (Open) - 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 2016-2017 year are listed below. 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.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Powerline Technician (Co-op) - Program # 0736c

Ingersoll - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35 $0.00
Program Services Fee $265.10 $265.10 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $30.00 $30.00 $0.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56 $0.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $2241.56 $1955.56 $0.00
Year Total     $4197.12
Ingersoll - Fall 2016 Level 4 & 5 & 6 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $0.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $0.00 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $0.00 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $0.00 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $0.00 $133.35
Program Services Fee $265.10 $0.00 $265.10
CSI Association Fee $30.00 $0.00 $30.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $0.00 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $2241.56 $0.00 $1955.56
Year Total     $4197.12

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Powerline Technician (Co-op) - Program # 0736c


Ingersoll - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35 $0.00
Program Services Fee $265.10 $265.10 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $30.00 $30.00 $0.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $7310.56 $6760.56 $0.00
Year Total     $14071.12

Ingersoll - Fall 2016 Level 4 & 5 & 6 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $0.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $0.00 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $0.00 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $0.00 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $0.00 $133.35
Program Services Fee $265.10 $0.00 $265.10
CSI Association Fee $30.00 $0.00 $30.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $0.00 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $0.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $7310.56 $0.00 $6760.56
Year Total     $14071.12

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

Graduates may find employment with electricity distributors such as public utilities or contractors. Graduates may secure an apprenticeship and then complete the remaining levels of trade testing and on-the-job training required to become a certified journeyperson.

On average, 95% of the graduates form the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

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 reflect on 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 while developing an awareness of self-reflective practice.
Hours: 16
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1557 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 completing circuit calculations. Students are also introduced to the electrical distribution system through the use of pictures, schematics and construction standards.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1565 Powerline Theory & Construction I

Description: In this introductory course students will learn the fundamentals of pole line construction techniques. Students will conduct effective job plans and tailboard sessions. The course will introduce them to the design and layout of a powerline system as well as the different material used in its construction. Students will climb poles and ladders and raise/lower material with the use of running handlines as well as perform pole top rescue. The safe operation and proper use of various gas powered accessories and tools used in powerline construction will also be covered. Students will be introduced to the Radial Boom Derrick (RBD). Utility Standards Forum (USF Standards) will be explained and used during pole line construction exercises.
Hours: 210
Credits: 11
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1170 Occupational Health and Safety I (Powerline Worker)

Description: This course is designed to provide an appreciation of relevant and ever increasing Health and Safety Legislation. Responsibilities of employers, supervisors and workers will be discussed. There will be a review of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Construction Regulations, MOL requirements, Designated Substance Regulations, and WHMIS Regulations. Job planning requirements. This course will also include a review of the reasons why a comprehensive health and safety program is of benefit to workplaces. Also included is a discussion on the importance of involvement by all levels of workers and management in an occupational health and safety program
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
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 single phase transformer operation, fusing and arrester sizing are discussed in addition to secondary service loading calculations. Students will learn about single-phase low voltage systems in addition to the operation, installation/removal and reading of various revenue meters. 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. Smart meter and bi directional meter system components are also covered.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1595 Powerline Theory & Construction II

Description: In this second powerline theory and construction course, students will begin to use the Radial Boom Derrick (RBD) and the Material Handling Aerial Device (MHAD) to construct a basic 3 phase distribution line. Conductor weights, and tensions will be calculated when performing line construction modules. Rigging principles and equipment will be used to install transformers. 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 holding valve checks on a MHAD as well as perform a bucket evacuation and a bucket rescue. USF Standards will be employed.
Hours: 225
Credits: 11
Pre-Requisites: ELEC1565
CoRequisites:

OHS1340 Occupational Health and Safety II (Powerline Worker)

Description: The occupational health and safety professional plays a major role in the development and application of accident investigations, risk assessments, loss prevention, and safety training programs for employers and workers.This course will introduce a powerline technician student to some of the training, rules and regulations required prior to entering into a co-op or apprenticeship position. Information specific to working at heights and the powerline trade will be discussed and practiced within this course. Traffic safety awareness and contol specific to the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 is covered to include practical typical layout set ups. Students will begin to review specific rules within the Electrical Utility Safety Rule Book and demonstrate the inclusion of reviewed rules within job plans.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
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 their trade under the direct supervision of tradespeople in the workplace. This course will increase the student's understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real-life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as laid out in the job description.
Hours: 420
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020
CoRequisites:

Level 4
ELEC2200 Electrical Theory III

Description: In the third powerline theory and construction course, students 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. Students will learn how to install, splice, connect and terminate underground cables. Aerial work during this phase of training will introduce students 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. Students 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: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC2215 Powerline Theory & Construction III

Description: In the third powerline theory and construction course, students 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. Students will learn how to install, splice, connect and terminate underground cables. Aerial work during this phase of training will introduce students 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. Students 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: 225
Credits: 11
Pre-Requisites: ELEC1595
CoRequisites:

OHS2000 Occupational Health and Safety III (Powerline Worker)

Description: The Electrical Utility Safety Rules (EUSR) and the Utility Work Protection Code (UWPC) combine to assist in creating policies, procedures and safe work areas. This course reviews specific EUSR and UWPC information specific to powerline workers. Work on neutral conductors, isolated circuits, safe limits of approach, live line procedures, aerial device/boom truck operation are some of the topics covered within this course. The steps involved in obtaining a work permit are reviewed including the use of temporary working grounds.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 5
COOP2100 Co-op Work Term II (Powerline Technician)

Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in their trade under the direct supervision of tradespeople in the workplace. This course will increase the student's understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real-life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as laid out in the job description.
Hours: 420
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020
CoRequisites:

Level 6
ELEC2225 Electrical Theory IV

Description: This course expands on many of the topics covered in Electrical Theory III. 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. 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 common voltage problems.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: ELEC2200
CoRequisites:

ELEC2235 Powerline Theory & Construction IV

Description: Students 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 students move onto the next stage of training they will be introduced to significant voltages, amperages and hazards inherent in this type of work. This activity is designed to supplement the students' awareness of the powerline trade. The student acts as a lead hand responsible for the safety, schematic interpretation and finally the construction of a distribution system. The student selects, organizes the tools, equipment, material and personnel to complete the distribution system build. Students will use a Material Handling Aerial Device (MHAD) to complete live line exercises. Students will discuss the relevance of industry policies, procedures and standards and the importance of teamwork. Utility Standards Forum (USF) will also play an important role in this semester.
Hours: 225
Credits: 11
Pre-Requisites: ELEC2215
CoRequisites:

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

Program Outcomes

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Ingersoll Closed
SEP, 2017 Ingersoll Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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