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Electrical Power Distribution Program Code 314132

1 Year Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Electrical Power Distribution prepares students to install, maintain, and operate electrical systems to supply electric energy to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, and joint gas and electric underground generation facilities.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Line Technician, Lead Line Technician, Line Technician Supervisor, Cable TV Line Technician, Telephone Line Technician, Technician in an Electricity Generating Plant, or Installer/Maintainer of Underground Systems. Graduates in those jobs will perform construction, operations, and maintenance work on the electric power system and equipment.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Line Coordinator
. Line Apprentice
. Safety Advisor
. Distribution Construction Designer
. Distribution Dispatcher
. Substation Electrician


. Willingness to relocate may be an advantage for job opportunities.
. A clean driving record is required to obtain a CDL license.

Program Outcomes

. Assist in the construction of electric transmission systems.
. Opportunity to secure a (CDL) commercial driver's license.
. Relate electrical theory to electric power systems.
. Work comfortably at heights.
. Climb poles and towers.
. Be knowledgeable in personal protective equipment to safely perform specific work.
. Identify sub-station components.
. Install underground electric systems.
. Operate electrical power distribution equipment.
. Troubleshoot power distribution and transmission systems.
. Communicate technical information.
. Assist in the construction of power distribution systems.
. Identify methods of electrical generation.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
. Be able to obtain a commercial driver’s license.
. Place satisfactorily in the NWTC mathematics examination. Students should have mastered basic math skills. For a description of Basic Math, see the Basic Education section of catalog.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Pre-Algebra 17; Reading: 70; Writing Skills: 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Electrical Power Distribution technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.


10-804-312 Math-Algebra/Trades
* 10-890-101 College 101
31-413-330 Line Elec Field Trng 1
31-413-353 Electricity-Basic
31-413-362 Line Electrician-Safety 1

10-103-121 Micro: Word-Intro
31-413-335 Line Elec-Const Standards
31-413-336 Line Elec Field Trng 2-A
31-413-337 Line Elec Field Trng 2-B
31-413-355 Electricity-Linepersons
31-413-364 Line Elec-Safety 2
31-801-385 Communicating-Writing

10-103-131 Micro: Excel-Intro
31-413-332 Line Elec Field Trng 3
31-413-361 Line Elec-Safety 3
31-801-386 Communicating Effectively


Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

31-413-330 LINE ELECTRICIAN FIELD TRAINING 1 ...This course introduces students to a career as a line electrician. Students will learn pole climbing techniques, operate digger derrick trucks and bucket trucks, design and construction of single phase power distribution systems. CPR and First Aid certifications are received in this course.

31-413-332 LINE ELECTRICIAN FIELD TRAINING 3 ...This course provides training in transmission, substation operations and maintenance, customer metering, low voltage construction, street lighting, and use of tree trimming methods and tools. (Prerequisite: 31-413-337, Line Electrician Field Training 2-B)

31-413-335 LINE ELECTRICIAN-CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS ...This course teaches students distribution standards for overhead, underground, primary, secondary, clearances, code requirements, map/diagram reading and safe work practices.

31-413-336 LINE ELECTRICIAN FIELD TRAINING 2-A ...This course focuses on the installation of underground lines and equipment, underground troubleshooting, and trencher operation. Students will also learn the construction and design of single phase transformers. (Prerequisite: 31-413-330, Line Electrician Field Training 1)

31-413-337 LINE ELECTRICIAN FIELD TRAINING 2-B ...This course provides an introduction to overhead three phase construction, electrical power line equipment; capacitors, regulators and OCR's, three phase transformer design and construction, protective grounds and pole top and buck truck rescue techniques. (Corequisite: 31-413-336, Line Electrician Field Training 2-A)

31-413-353 ELECTRICITY-BASIC ...basic electricity: fundamental laws and circuit analysis. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Electrical Power Distribution)

31-413-355 ELECTRICITY-LINEPERSONS ...electric power/energy, three-phase voltage generation, three-phase circuit power, transformer operation principles, transformer connections, and safety practices in high voltage applications. (Prerequisite: 31-413-353, Electricity-Basic)

31-413-361 LINE ELECTRICIAN-SAFETY 3... This course provides safety procedures in transmission, substation, metering, low voltage construction, and tree trimming methods and tools. Students will also perform related accident reviews. (Prerequisite: 31-413-364 Line Electrician-Safety 2)

31-413-362 LINE ELECTRICIAN-SAFETY 1 ...This course introduces students to industry safety manuals, rules, and definitions. Students will also learn safety procedures for hand and power tool use, ladders, scaffolds, pole climbing, digger derrick trucks, bucket trucks and work zone safety and setup. Students will perform related accident reviews. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Electrical Power Distribution; Corequisite: 10-804-312, Math-Algebra Trades)

31-413-364 LINE ELECTRICIAN-SAFETY 2 ...Students will learn safety procedures in underground systems, trencher operation, single phase transformers, overhead three phase construction, electrical power line equipment; capacitor, regulators and OCR's, three phase transformer design and construction, protective grounds and pole top and buck truck rescue techniques. Students will perform related accident reviews. (Prerequisite: 31-413-362, Line Electrician-Safety 1)

10-804-312 MATH-ALGEBRA/TRADES ...signed numbers, order of operations, scientific notation, metric units/measurement, calculator operations, algebra, introductory trigonometry, Pythagorean theorem, solving right triangles. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 2 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-103-121 MICRO: WORD-INTRODUCTION ...word processing basics including creating, revising, formatting, printing; sections, tabs, multiple-page numbering; manipulating text; creating headers/footers; creating/formatting tables, graphics; and merging documents. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics. 1 cr.

31-801-385 COMMUNICATING-WRITING ...writing techniques, memos, letters, descriptions, instructions, and the job-seeking process. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 and Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics. 1 cr.

31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY ...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 and Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

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