Electric Utility Line Technician Classes
LINE 104 - Pole Climbing Skills - 5.00 credits
This course introduces the student to the proper and safe methods of wood pole climbing. The student must master climbing wood pole structures with the use of fall arrest equipment. The student will be taught two methods of climbing: free-climbing while tethered to a fall arrest device and hitchhiking with a fall arrest safety device. Upon completion of this class, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to safely climb a wooden pole and conduct work practices associated with the electrical utility industry.
LINE 105 - Electrical Distribution Systems - 3.00 credits
Prerequisites: INTE 113 with a C grade or higher. The student will learn how power is generated, transported and distributed. Different methods and types of electrical power transmission and distribution systems, structures and equipment will be emphasized. The student will learn how the Power Grid is interlocked across multiple utilities.
INTE 124 - Employment Strategies for Technical Careers - 2.00 credits
This course prepares the student to use strategies for successful career goal setting, job seeking, obtaining, maintaining and terminating employment in technical areas. Topics include conducting a job search, preparing a resume and cover letter, and participating in job interviews.
LINE 210 - Pole Framing and Construction Specifications - 3.00 credits
Prerequisites: LINE 104 & LINE 105 or concurrent enrollment. This will give the student a working knowledge of the line construction specifications and knowledge of pole framing on the ground and aerial framing. The student will be able to recognize the different types of materials used for the different types of construction by sight and definition. They will also be introduced to the different sizes and types of overhead and underground conductors.
LINE 215 - Setting and Replacing Poles - 3.00 credits
Prerequisites: LINE 104 & LINE 105 or concurrent enrollment. The student will learn the basic principles in setting and replacing poles. There will be an emphasis on safety, the proper use vehicle grounding practices and manual pole setting. The student will gain working knowledge of temporary pole supports, rigging, minimum approach distances and worksite hazard analysis.
LINE 237 - Transformer Theory and Installation - 3.00 credits
Prerequisite: LINE 104 & LINE 105 or concurrent enrollment. The student will gain a thorough knowledge of transformer theory and installation. Single-phase and three-phase configurations with different types of connections will be included. Topics will include: over voltage and over current protection, equipment grounding, cutout protection, proper cover-up techniques, lightning arrestor application and installation, basic troubleshooting practices and current and potential transformers use and safety.
LINE 241 - Conductor Installation and Metering - 3.00 credits
Prerequisite: LINE 104 & LINE 105 or concurrent enrollment. The student will gain extensive knowledge of single and three-phase watt-hour meters; meter locations; and the different types of copper and aluminum conductors. The student will also gain practical experience in the sizing, proper connection types, installation, stringing, sagging, dead-ending, and splicing of overhead and underground service conductors.
LINE 250 - Fusing, Substations and Voltage Regulation - 3.00 credits
Prerequisite: LINE 210 & LINE 237 or concurrent enrollment. The student will be familiarized with the different types and methods of system coordination, substations, capacitors, voltage regulators and auto-transformers, oil reclosures, sectionalizers and the applicaton/coordination of fuses will also be gained. Practical experience in the grounding, inspection, maintenance and operation of basic substations will be expanded. The student will be familiarized with installation and operation of single and three-phase regulators, gang operated air break and load break switches, and substation fuses and reclosures.
LINE 251 - Installation and Troubleshooting Underground Distribution Systems - 3.00 credits
Prerequisite: LINE 215 & LINE 241 or concurrent enrollment. The student will have a working knowledge of the different types of underground distribution systems, able to identify the types of cable used in underground distribution, describe proper cable installation procedures, demonstrate proper cable preparation techniques using manufacturers¿ specifications for splicing and terminating cable, list safe work procedures and demonstrate the proper techniques for isolation and grounding underground cable sections.
LINE 252 - Advanced Pole Climbing - 3.00 credits
Prerequisites: LINE 104 & LINE 215 or concurrent enrollment. This course reinforces to the student the proper and safe methods of wood pole climbing. The student must master climbing wood pole structures with the use of fall arrest equipment while performing various detailed tasks. The student will spend extended periods of time on the pole while constructing complex assignments. The student will be taught pole top rescue methods. Upon completion of this class, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to safely climb a wooden pole and conduct safe work practices associated with the electrical utility industry.
LINE 253 - Safety and Accident Prevention - 4.00 credits
Prerequisites: LINE 215 & LINE 237 with C grade or higher (or concurrent enrollment.) The student will learn the hazards and safe work practices of an electrical line technician. The student will learn CPR, First Aid and OSHA rules and regulations associated with the utility industry.