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Powerline Technician Diploma

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  • Objectives
    Powerline Technicians assist in the design and drafting, construction, maintenance and repair of overhead and underground power transmission systems. They may also be involved in the construction, maintenance and repair of communication networks. In larger utility companies, they may specialize in one of the following areas: transmission lines, overhead and underground distribution, communication networks and electrical power stations. This program prepares graduates for all facets of powerline work.
  • Academic Title
    Powerline Technician Diploma
  • Course description
    Semester 1
    # CAD1100   -   002   -   Computer-Aided Drafting I

    Prerequisite: IMM 1155 (for IMTN students only) This is a hands-on course utilizing a computer to perform computer-aided drafting using the latest version of AutoCAD. Topics include drawing construction, scaling, editing, dimensioning, layering, entity controls and blocks, with the objective of producing industry-standard drawings.

    # ELC1107   -   003   -   Prints & Electrical Codes I

    The electrical safety codebook is introduced in this course. Details of construction must be studied and interpreted by each skilled construction trade including, masons, carpenters, electricians, and others, before the actual work is started. The ability to visualize an accurate three-dimensional picture requires knowledge of blueprint reading. Since all of the skilled trades use a common set of plans, the student must be able to interpret the lines and symbols that refer to the electrical installation also those used by the other construction trades. The student must know the structural makeup of the building and the construction materials to be used.

    # ELC1125   -   005   -   Electrical Installation I

    For one hour per week in a classroom setting, students will be introduced to the safety requirements of the electrical trade. In both construction and industrial applications with reference to the Occupational, Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

    # ELR1121   -   006   -   Electrical Fundamentals

    Students will be introduced to and become familiar with using the digital multimeter, the oscilloscope, and a signal generator to work with as they perform numerous labs on the understanding of different types of circuits and how they work. Students will also be introduced to magnetism, inductance, and capacitance and their operating characteristics in DC and AC circuits.

    # ENG1551   -   001   -   Writing Fundamentals: Ind. Study

    This course is required in the first semester of most post-secondary programs at Cambrian. The purpose of the course is to allow students to develop their independent learning skills and to review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

    # EUS1100   -   002   -   E & USA Vestibule

    The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), became law in 1979. The purpose of this law is to protect all workers in the Province of Ontario. It provides workers with three fundamental rights, the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse unsafe work. The objective of the Basic Certification program is to provide participants with a working knowledge of the OHSA.

    # MTH1152   -   003   -   Electrical Math I

    An introduction to the study of basic technical mathematics and their application to the solution of problems involving electrical engineering. Introduction to some basic ideas of electrical engineering and the use of mathematical methods to solve problems in those areas. Topics include basic arithmetic, decimals and percentages, powers and roots, systems of measurement, basic algebra, linear equations, the basics of DC circuits and multiplying and factoring polynomials.

    Semester 2

    # CHM1108   -   001   -   WHMIS: Independent Study

    In this course, the student will access the online training in WHMIS provided by NORCAT and will be required to pass an online test to qualify for this credit.

    # ELC1211   -   005   -   Electrical Installation II

    In this "hands on" practical course students continue to develop and review the knowledge and skills learned in the Electrical Fundamentals from the first semester. Students will demonstrate proper tool selection and usage, electrical components and circuit testing, as well as determining the correct selection of materials for proper electrical circuit installations. Students produce projects to develop familiarity and competent workmanship as they apply the Canadian and Ontario Electrical Codes to specific electrical installations. Students will install and understand electrical components such as relays, transformers, motors, starters and electronic devices to demonstrate proper application and circuit control. Students will determine basic motor controls and develop ladder logic.

    # ELC1215   -   004   -   Motor Control Fundamentals

    This course will be covering the following topics - Electrical Theory, and Industrial Motor Control basics. The electrical theory will cover magnetism, electro magnetic induction, wire sizing, voltage drop, power and horsepower ratings of electrical devices. The Motor Control component will review relay operation, relay logic, the development of ladder, schematic and wiring diagrams, control transformers and control devices.

    # ENG1552   -   002   -   Technical Writing I

    Prerequisite: ENG 1551 This is the first communication course for technology at Cambrian. Students practice the fundamentals of technical writing by preparing short documents, researching technical information, and presenting oral reports. In this course, students meet General Education requirements by researching the growing impact of technology on society and by heightening their critical thinking through research.

    # GEN1110   -   001   -   Organization of Work

    Students discuss the meaning and organization of work and working life challenges to the individual and society related primarily to trades occupations.

    # MTH1252   -   003   -   Electrical Math II

    This course is a continuation of the study of basic technical mathematics and their application to the solution of problems involving physics and electrical circuits and equipment, utilizing trigonometry of oblique triangles, simultaneous linear equations, quadratic equations, exponents, and logarithms.

    # PLT1210   -   007   -   Powerline Construction Theory I

    Prerequisite: ELC 1207 Students apply the principles of mechanics electrical grounding, soils engineering, surveying line construction materials, rigging, fall protection and safety to design a 12 pole 3 phase multigrounded neutral primary power line. Students will select pole type and class, basic framing for crossarm or armless construction, conductor size and guying. Students will discuss work methods of pole erection, use of protective coverup, hardware and framing installation techniques. Students will discuss the selection, use inspection and maintenance of personal protective equipment. They will utilize the following codes in their design: Ontario Electrical Safety Code, CSA 22.3 - Overhead Distribution Systems, CSA Underground Distribution Systems and the Ontario Distribution Electrical Safety Code, Ont. Reg. 2204.

    Semester 3
    # ELC2301   -   008   -   Electrical Systems I

    Prerequisite: ELC 1215 This course will introduce students to the basic operating characteristics of motor control and control devices, and application of three-phase power. The students will analyze and calculate current flow and power characteristics in electrical distribution and control systems relating to RLC circuits. Electrical safety test before touch principles and procedures will be discussed and applied to the use of motor control and power distribution applications.

    # ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

    Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

    # ENG1752   -   002   -   Technical Writing II

    Prerequisite: ENG 1552 In this course, students refine their technical communication skills by preparing written and oral responses to a variety of work related situations. As well, students complete a resume and other projects to assist them with their employment search. In the context of Cambrian College's General Education program and Generic Skills Standards, the course provides the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of work and the economy and of the relationships among individuals and society.

    # MTH2352   -   003   -   Electrical Math III

    This is a continuation of the study of basic technical mathematics and their application to the solution of problems involving physics and technology. Topics include the principles of heat, light, sound, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, simultaneous linear equations, and quadratic equations.

    # PLT2310   -   004   -   Electrical Distribution Equip

    Prerequisite: PLT 2315 The fundamentals of transformer theory are introduced through a review of electromagnetic theory. Students discuss transformer design, ratings, loading, maintenance and operation. Other fundamental distribution system components such as breakers, reclosers, sectionalizers, regulators, fuses and arresters are introduced in this course.

    # PLT2315   -   003   -   Print & Systems Operation

    Prerequisites: PLT 2310, PLT 2315 Students interpret schematic and discuss job planning, distribution system components and the structure of electrical distribution systems.

    Semester 4

    # GEN2430   -   002   -   Leadership Skills

    Students will demonstrate leadership skills, self-awareness, and an understanding of others (eg. managers, supervisors, contractors, customers, vendors, etc.) as well as the relationship among individuals (eg. crew members) and society.

    # PLT2410   -   004   -   Hydraulics & Equipment

    Prerequisites: PLT 2310, PLT 2315 Students will discuss hydraulic systems, components, safety and hazards analysis, mechanic components, and operation of equipment used in the trade.

    # PLT2415   -   005   -   Line Construction Theory II

    Prerequisite: PLT 1210 Students will design and draw an underground distribution system applying appropriate standards and basic legal land descriptions. Customer communications, switching, grounding, bonding, connection of transformers, trench profiles, cable theory and considering tools of the trade will also be discussed.

    # PLT2420   -   002   -   Metering

    Prerequisite: ELC 2301 The basic principles of single and 3 phase metering and applying electrical measuring devices, such as ammeters, voltmeters, ohmmeters, wattmeters and meggers, will be covered.

    # PLT2425   -   002   -   Underground Distribution Theory

    Prerequisite: PLT 2310 Cable components primary underground cable, and turning will be covered. In the shop, students will splice and terminate cables, test cables, utilize cable stripping tools and apply proper installation methods.

    # PLT2430   -   003   -   Electrical Safety

    Prerequisite: ELC 2301 Students will practice electrical safety utilizing a knowledge of fundamental protection schemes.

    # PLT2435   -   003   -   Applied Mechanics

    Students will be introduced to applications of applied mechanics. Topics covered include an introduction to units, vectors, equilibrium, structures, functions, kenematics, work, energy and power.


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