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Electrical Power Distribution Technical Diploma

Program Code: 314132

Qualified line technicians are needed to install, maintain, and operate the complex network of power lines and cables that supply electric energy to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Electrical Power Distribution prepares students with classroom and hands-on training in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. Students must be willing to work in a diverse work environment in all weather conditions and be comfortable at heights.

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
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    Requirements for Program Entry

    • Completed application.
    • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted).
    • 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.
    • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

    Program Availability

    A waitlist often forms for this program. Learn more by contacting one of our Admissions Advisors.

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    Curriculum
    Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Electrical Power Distribution technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
    First Semester
    Semester Total
    11
    Second Semester
    Semester Total
    15
    Third Semester
    Semester Total
    8
    Total Credits
    34

    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, but must be passed with a C or better.

    Program Outcomes

    • Utilize relevant personal protective equipment to safely perform specific work
    • Apply electrical theory to electric power systems
    • Communicate technical information
    • Identify sub-station components
    • Work comfortably at heights
    • Climb poles and towers
    • Operate electrical power equipment
    • Assist in basic meter reading and testing of meter base
    • Assist in the construction/maintenance/disassembly of overhead electrical distribution systems
    • Assist in the construction/maintenance/disassembly underground electrical distribution systems
    • Assist in the construction/maintenance/disassembly of electric transmission systems
    • Assist in troubleshooting and maintaining power distribution and transmission systems
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    Note

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