Powerline Technician


The Powerline Technician program at Algonquin College will prepare you to become a Powerline Technician in Ontario.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

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Ontario College Diploma
2 Years

Program Code: 1511X01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program is delivered in collaboration with Hydro Ottawa and prepares students for entry into the electrical power transmission and distribution industry. Students have the opportunity to develop essential skills and knowledge, beginning with electrical fundamentals and leading to the design, planning, construction and maintenance of distribution lines.

Students develop the essential safety skills and knowledge, practice rigging, learn to design and plan overhead and underground power installations, apply engineering standards and practise installation and maintenance on poles and towers. Students are also exposed to AutoCAD, electrical machinery, metering, and the technologies used to protect and control the electrical grid.

Qualified students (minimum GPA 2.7 or departmental permission) have the opportunity to participate in a paid cooperative employment placement where invaluable experience and insight into the powerline industry is gained before embarking on their career.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on, physical approach to learning.
  • Are analytical and problem solvers.
  • Are team-oriented and enjoy working with others.
  • Maintain high levels of vigilance in a work environment.
  • Enjoy the challenge of working out of doors in all weather conditions.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment with electric power generation, transmission and distribution companies, electrical contractors and public utility commissions. A strong foundation in technological principles helps graduates to remain current with the changes in technology and grow into supervisory positions.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
DAT8942 Students are introduced to the College computer network, spreadsheet applications, word processing software and electrical design software, including Multisim electronic workbench and AutoCAD. Focus is on Autocad, in particular electrical applications. Computer Applications - Electrical Students are introduced to the College computer network, spreadsheet applications, word processing software and electrical design software, including Multisim electronic workbench and AutoCAD. Focus is on Autocad, in particular electrical applications. 45.0
ELE8909 Students are introduced to the fundamentals of direct current circuit analysis. The standards for electrical measurement are studied and practised. Electrical circuit design, construction and documentation are practised. The first module is a compulsory orientation to safe electrical work practices. Electrical Principles I Students are introduced to the fundamentals of direct current circuit analysis. The standards for electrical measurement are studied and practised. Electrical circuit design, construction and documentation are practised. The first module is a compulsory orientation to safe electrical work practices. 90.0
ELE8913 Students locate and interpret the Canadian Electrical Code rules that ensure that electrical systems and equipment do not create hazardous conditions to person or property. In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) are examined. Codes and Regulations Students locate and interpret the Canadian Electrical Code rules that ensure that electrical systems and equipment do not create hazardous conditions to person or property. In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) are examined. 45.0
ELE8919 Rapid changes in technology have created new employment and business opportunities that challenge each of us to find our place as citizens in the emerging society. Life in the 21st century presents significant opportunities, creates potential hazards, and demands that we face new responsibilities in ethical ways. Students explore the possibilities ahead, assess their own aptitudes and strengths, and apply critical thinking and decision making tools to help resolve some of the important issues present in our complex society with its competing interests. Achieving Success in the 21st Century Rapid changes in technology have created new employment and business opportunities that challenge each of us to find our place as citizens in the emerging society. Life in the 21st century presents significant opportunities, creates potential hazards, and demands that we face new responsibilities in ethical ways. Students explore the possibilities ahead, assess their own aptitudes and strengths, and apply critical thinking and decision making tools to help resolve some of the important issues present in our complex society with its competing interests. 45.0
ENL1813T Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
MAT8001 Students learn foundational mathematics required in many College technical programs. Students also solve measurement problems involving a variety of units and ratio and proportion problems. They manipulate algebraic expressions and solve equations. Students also evaluate exponential and logarithmic expressions, study the trigonometry of right triangles and graph a variety of functions. Math Fundamentals Students learn foundational mathematics required in many College technical programs. Students also solve measurement problems involving a variety of units and ratio and proportion problems. They manipulate algebraic expressions and solve equations. Students also evaluate exponential and logarithmic expressions, study the trigonometry of right triangles and graph a variety of functions. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ELE8023 The behaviour of alternating current (AC) circuits and the operation of capacitors, inductors and resistors in AC circuits are studied. Students apply this theory to transmission lines and reactors used by power utilities. The principles of induction, bonding and grounding are applied to jobsite problems and procedures.

Prerequisites: ELE8909
Alternating Current Circuits The behaviour of alternating current (AC) circuits and the operation of capacitors, inductors and resistors in AC circuits are studied. Students apply this theory to transmission lines and reactors used by power utilities. The principles of induction, bonding and grounding are applied to jobsite problems and procedures.

Prerequisites: ELE8909
45.0
ELE8024 The application of pulleys, levers, gears and hydraulics is examined with applications to hoisting, rigging and guying. The relationship between angles, distances and forces is studied with applications to guying and cable installation. Students experiment in the lab to develop their ability to apply physical principles to work related situations. Rigging Theory and Practice The application of pulleys, levers, gears and hydraulics is examined with applications to hoisting, rigging and guying. The relationship between angles, distances and forces is studied with applications to guying and cable installation. Students experiment in the lab to develop their ability to apply physical principles to work related situations. 45.0
ELE8026 Students demonstrate safe practices by identifying, controlling and eliminating all potential health and safety hazards; selecting, wearing, adjusting, using and maintaining personal protective devices; performing evacuation and rescue procedures; practicing good housekeeping; working within safe physical limits and applying correct body mechanics and applying the principles of induction, grounding and bonding. Using field experiences under the supervision of a qualified person, students select, operate and maintain tools and equipment by inspecting, maintaining and using hand, power tools and explosive actuated tools; inspecting, operating and maintaining vehicles and auxiliary equipment and ensuring setup of mobile equipment. These skills are applied to install, maintain and remove power pole systems by identifying the type, size and location of a pole; framing and erecting a pole; straightening a pole and testing a pole for integrity. In addition, students conduct visual inspections and perform maintenance on transmission towers and structures.

Prerequisites: ELE8909
Introduction to Line Work Students demonstrate safe practices by identifying, controlling and eliminating all potential health and safety hazards; selecting, wearing, adjusting, using and maintaining personal protective devices; performing evacuation and rescue procedures; practicing good housekeeping; working within safe physical limits and applying correct body mechanics and applying the principles of induction, grounding and bonding. Using field experiences under the supervision of a qualified person, students select, operate and maintain tools and equipment by inspecting, maintaining and using hand, power tools and explosive actuated tools; inspecting, operating and maintaining vehicles and auxiliary equipment and ensuring setup of mobile equipment. These skills are applied to install, maintain and remove power pole systems by identifying the type, size and location of a pole; framing and erecting a pole; straightening a pole and testing a pole for integrity. In addition, students conduct visual inspections and perform maintenance on transmission towers and structures.

Prerequisites: ELE8909
105.0
ELE8923 Students study transformer characteristics, sizing and installations in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code. They analyze three phase circuits and learn about the construction, selection, and operational characteristics of motors and generators. The behaviour of variable frequency drives and the operational characteristics and sizing of overcurrent protection are introduced.

Prerequisites: ELE8909 or ELE8613
Electrical Machinery Students study transformer characteristics, sizing and installations in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code. They analyze three phase circuits and learn about the construction, selection, and operational characteristics of motors and generators. The behaviour of variable frequency drives and the operational characteristics and sizing of overcurrent protection are introduced.

Prerequisites: ELE8909 or ELE8613
90.0
PHY8201 Every day newspaper headlines, movies, and television have warnings of the dire consequences of some environmental issues, such as global warming, acid rain, climate change and a host of other problems. Students are provided some of the science behind the headlines so they can make informed decisions as citizens, consumers and professionals. Environmental Impact of Technology Every day newspaper headlines, movies, and television have warnings of the dire consequences of some environmental issues, such as global warming, acid rain, climate change and a host of other problems. Students are provided some of the science behind the headlines so they can make informed decisions as citizens, consumers and professionals. 45.0
Co-op: 01 Hours
ELE8025 Students complete a cooperative work term, and submit a written report which documents the location of employment and the duties performed. Co-Op Work Term I Students complete a cooperative work term, and submit a written report which documents the location of employment and the duties performed.
Level: 03 Hours
ELE8031 Part III of the Canadian Electrical Code, utility standards and other resources are applied to solve design problems associated with transmission lines including sizing of conductors, insulators, control devices and sag and tension calculating. Students prepare a job plan by identifying the worksite; determining job methods, assignments and process; determining material and equipment and establishing lockout, tagging and hold-off procedures as per the Utility Work Protection Code.

Prerequisites: ELE8913
Powerline Design Part III of the Canadian Electrical Code, utility standards and other resources are applied to solve design problems associated with transmission lines including sizing of conductors, insulators, control devices and sag and tension calculating. Students prepare a job plan by identifying the worksite; determining job methods, assignments and process; determining material and equipment and establishing lockout, tagging and hold-off procedures as per the Utility Work Protection Code.

Prerequisites: ELE8913
45.0
ELE8032 Using field experiences under the supervision of a qualified person, students install and maintain overhead power systems by installing and removing conductors; splicing or repairing conductors; installing spacers, conductor measurement equipment and markers. Installing and removing switches; installing or removing service/secondary conductors; inspecting overhead power systems; upgrading overhead structures; installing anchoring and guying systems are also practised.

Prerequisites: ELE8026
Line Work 2 Using field experiences under the supervision of a qualified person, students install and maintain overhead power systems by installing and removing conductors; splicing or repairing conductors; installing spacers, conductor measurement equipment and markers. Installing and removing switches; installing or removing service/secondary conductors; inspecting overhead power systems; upgrading overhead structures; installing anchoring and guying systems are also practised.

Prerequisites: ELE8026
60.0
ELE8033 The installation, testing and maintenance of single and three phase revenue metering is studied and practised in a lab environment. The emphasis is on smart metering and associated systems. Students study and practise the installation of current transformers (CT's) and potential transformers (PT's). Metering issues related to protection and control are also examined.

Prerequisites: ELE8023
Metering The installation, testing and maintenance of single and three phase revenue metering is studied and practised in a lab environment. The emphasis is on smart metering and associated systems. Students study and practise the installation of current transformers (CT's) and potential transformers (PT's). Metering issues related to protection and control are also examined.

Prerequisites: ELE8023
60.0
ELE8034 Students acquire the skills required to install and maintain underground distribution systems by inspecting, trenching and installing ducts, cement and fibreglass foundations. In the lab, terminating and splicing primary/secondary underground cables is practised. Underground Systems Students acquire the skills required to install and maintain underground distribution systems by inspecting, trenching and installing ducts, cement and fibreglass foundations. In the lab, terminating and splicing primary/secondary underground cables is practised. 45.0
ELE8945 Students examine the basis for power generation, transmission and distribution with particular emphasis on the province of Ontario. This includes an understanding of standard voltage levels, energy sources, major system components, function and selection of power reactors, operation of the grid, effects of weather on the delivery of electricity and organizational structures that control electricity in Ontario. Distributed Electrical Systems Students examine the basis for power generation, transmission and distribution with particular emphasis on the province of Ontario. This includes an understanding of standard voltage levels, energy sources, major system components, function and selection of power reactors, operation of the grid, effects of weather on the delivery of electricity and organizational structures that control electricity in Ontario. 45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED1511 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1701 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or GED5009
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1701 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or GED5009
45.0
Level: 04 Hours
ELE8042 Students examine the types of relays, faults and fault protection used in power distribution and transmission. Students study single line representations of power systems, time-current curves (TCC curves) of fuses and circuit breakers, selective coordination, typical IEC / ANSI drawing symbols and terminology. Protection and control relays for lines, and transformers, programmed, tested and used in lab simulation.

Prerequisites: ELE8945
Introduction to Protection and Control Students examine the types of relays, faults and fault protection used in power distribution and transmission. Students study single line representations of power systems, time-current curves (TCC curves) of fuses and circuit breakers, selective coordination, typical IEC / ANSI drawing symbols and terminology. Protection and control relays for lines, and transformers, programmed, tested and used in lab simulation.

Prerequisites: ELE8945
60.0
ELE8043 Under the supervision of a qualified person, students handle energized lines using rubber protective equipment and live line tool methods. Students gain experience in selecting, testing, inspecting, and maintaining rubber protective equipment, live line tools and barriers; tying, clamping and relocating energized conductors; installing and removing openers, insulators and switches on live conductors.

Prerequisites: ELE8032
Line Work 3 Under the supervision of a qualified person, students handle energized lines using rubber protective equipment and live line tool methods. Students gain experience in selecting, testing, inspecting, and maintaining rubber protective equipment, live line tools and barriers; tying, clamping and relocating energized conductors; installing and removing openers, insulators and switches on live conductors.

Prerequisites: ELE8032
75.0
ELE8044 Connecting, testing and troubleshooting street lighting systems and controls is studied and practised in the lab. Students examine telecommunication systems associated with smart metering and Security Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Prerequisites: ELE8033
Street Lighting and Communications Systems Connecting, testing and troubleshooting street lighting systems and controls is studied and practised in the lab. Students examine telecommunication systems associated with smart metering and Security Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Prerequisites: ELE8033
60.0
ELE8944L Students expand their AutoCAD skills to include layers, blocks, PaperSpace, ModelSpace, block attributes, templates (DWT), drawing standards and Drawing Web Format (DWF). Standards, particularly the Canadian Electrical Code, specifications, and manufacturers' data are used to the design overhead and underground electrical distributions and transmission systems.

Prerequisites: DAT8942
Utility Electrical Systems with AutoCAD Students expand their AutoCAD skills to include layers, blocks, PaperSpace, ModelSpace, block attributes, templates (DWT), drawing standards and Drawing Web Format (DWF). Standards, particularly the Canadian Electrical Code, specifications, and manufacturers' data are used to the design overhead and underground electrical distributions and transmission systems.

Prerequisites: DAT8942
60.0
ELE8949 Students develop the planning, scheduling, budgeting and organizing skills required to manage projects. Relevant industrial examples are used.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T

Co-requisites: ENL2019T and ENL8720
Project Management for Electrical Engineering Technicians Students develop the planning, scheduling, budgeting and organizing skills required to manage projects. Relevant industrial examples are used.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T

Co-requisites: ENL2019T and ENL8720
15.0
ENL8720 Students plan and execute a variety of formal and informal documents related to their field of study. Written and oral exercises foster confidence and competence in workplace communication.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
Technical Report Writing Students plan and execute a variety of formal and informal documents related to their field of study. Written and oral exercises foster confidence and competence in workplace communication.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,343.89 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

Incidental Fees: $250 in Level 01, $2,300 in Level 02 and $240 in Level 03.
BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: see http://www.algonquincollege.com/textbooks/

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Co-op Fee: $465 payable in two installments in the term preceding each work term. The first installment of $100 is payable at the time of registration for co-op and is non-refundable. The second installment of $365 is payable on the standard fees due date. Students on a co-op work term will pay 10% of the Student Activity and Building Fees. Co-op students on work term in the Fall will pay the Health Plan Fee.

Books and supplies can be purchased at the campus store. Expenses total approximately $1,200 in the first year and $650 in the second year. Most supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks. for more information about books.

All students are required to have CSA approved safety footwear and protective eyewear.

Students are responsible for parking and locker fees, if applicable.

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

Students are trained on a Windows based platform which is the industry standard in the field of engineering. Mac platforms are not acceptable because they are not compatible with the hardware and software used in this program.

Students considering a career in the utilities industries should be aware that a security clearance is required by many organizations as a condition of employment.

For more information, contact Ken Jessome, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 3422 or jessomk@algonquincollege.com.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time