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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.

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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.
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 34; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Electrical Power Distribution technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-804-312
Math-Algebra/Trades
2
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: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-413-330
Line Elec Field Trng 1
5
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer
31-413-353
Electricity-Basic
1
31-413-353 ELECTRICITY-BASIC ...basic electricity: fundamental laws and circuit analysis. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Electrical Power Distribution) Course Typically Offered: Summer
31-413-362
Line Electrician-Safety 1
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer
SEMESTER TOTAL
10
SECOND SEMESTER
10-103-121
Micro: Word-Intro
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-413-335
Line Elec-Const Standards
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
31-413-336
Line Elec Field Trng 2-A
5
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
31-413-337
Line Elec Field Trng 2-B
5
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
31-413-355
Electricity-Linepersons
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
31-413-364
Line Elec-Safety 2
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
31-801-385
Communicating-Writing
1
31-801-385 COMMUNICATING-WRITING ...writing techniques, memos, letters, descriptions, instructions, and the job-seeking process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
10-103-131
Micro: Excel-Intro
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-413-332
Line Elec Field Trng 3
5
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
31-413-361
Line Elec-Safety 3
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
31-801-386
Communicating Effectively
1
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
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

• 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.

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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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