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Powerline Technician, Diploma


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The Powerline Technician major is designed to train students to become apprentices in powerline construction and maintenance. Students learn basic skills and applications in transmission and distribution.

Persons trained in this field, work for power companies installing and maintaining overhead and underground powerlines. They install equipment such as overvoltage and overcurrent protective devices, transformers, capacitors, and regulators. Powerline technicians are employed by investor owned power companies, consumer owned power companies, municipalities, and by electrical contractors.

  Summer Session II  
Pole Climbing and Equipment Operations I 3
Electrical and Rigging Safety 3
  Credits Summer Session 6
  Fall - Year 1  
Electrical Circuits Fundamentals 3
Pole Climbing and Equipment Operations II 4
Electric Distribution of Powerlines I 4
Blueprint, Schematics and Transit 3
  Credits Fall - Year 1 14
  Spring - Year 1  
Electric Distribution of Powerlines II 4
Electric Distribution of Powerlines III 4
Transformer Banking I 3
Generation, Transmission and Distribution 3
  Credits Spring - Year 1 14
  Fall - Year 2  
Transformer Banking II 2
Reclosures and Protective Equipment 2
Protective Relays 2
Intro to Microcomputers 3
Integrated Math or higher 3
  Electives 3
  Credits Fall - Year 2 15
  Spring - Year 2  
Metering I 3
Regulators and Capacitators 2
1st Aid/CPR 1
  General Education Or Related Electives 4
  Technical Electives 2
  Credits Spring - Year 2 12


From the following General Education Classes: English, Biology, Chemistry, Math above 1000 level, Physics, Natural Science, Art, Foreign Language, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, Western Civlization, Economics, Geography, HIstory, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Recommended General Education credits: Integrated Math, Speech, and Composition I.

Suggested 5 credits of Electives from: ADSA 1100 - College Keyboarding I, ADSA 1122 - Word Processing I, ADSA 1190 - Presentation Graphics, AUTO 1195 - Commercial Drivers License, ELUT 2135 - Enrichment I, ELUT 2140 - Enrichment II.

Updated: si 2/11/14