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POWERLINE TECHNICIAN (PLT)
Pre-apprenticeship Certificate

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY

Train for a career as a Power Line Technician. Power Line Workers enjoy the vitality of working outdoors, the freedom of working independently, the security of a growth industry, and a lucrative income.

This 8-week foundations program will prepare students for a career as a Power Line Technician and increase their eligibility for apprenticeship as a Power Line Technician. This program includes both classroom and hands-on training, and meets all applicable regulations and standards.

FORMAT & LOCATION:

  • 8 week, full-time program (Mon-Fri; 6 hours of instruction per day; 8:30 to 3:30)
  • LOCATION: University of the Fraser Valley
    Trades and Technology Campus, Chilliwack, BC
  • COURSE NUMBER: UFV — TBA
  • COURSE DATES: March 3 to April 30, 2014
    * Next intake for Fall opens summer 2014
  • COURSE COSTS (includes all required PLT gear):
    • Tuition (12 weeks, full-time): $8000
    • Manuals/Textbooks: $500
    • Personal Protection Equipment & Climbing Gear: $1600
    • Hand Tools: $250
  • FUNDING: Student loans may be made available through the host college. More details to follow.
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PROGRAM OUTLINE:

Power Line Technicians construct, maintain, and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems. This involves putting up and maintaining electrical poles, towers, and guy wires as well as installing or repairing live-line wiring on voltages up to 500 kV. To perform these tasks, Power Line Technicians typically require the physical stamina and the psychological aptitude to work at great heights, in harsh weather, and occasionally in remote, rugged terrain.

This 8-week program will prepare students for entry into the high voltage electrical energy industry. This comprehensive 8-week program includes:

TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS (TDG)

OUTLINE:
In this course students will learn the proper safe handling technician required for the transportation of dangerous goods. The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act states that no person shall handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods, unless they are trained or working under the direct supervision of a person who has been trained. A completion certificate is provided upon successful completion of the course.

ASSESSMENT:
Student must pass a written examination with a minimum grade of 70%.

TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSON

OUTLINE:
This course is a provincial regulatory requirement for anyone wishing to work as a Traffic Control Person in BC. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the requirements of WorkSafeBC. Participants will experience both classroom and practical instruction and examination. A completion certificate is provided upon successful completion of the course.

ASSESSMENT:
Student must pass a written examination and practical examination with a minimum grade of 70% on each examination.

WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INFORMATION SYSTEMS (WHMIS)

OUTLINE:
In this course students will receive training on the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) including the interpretation of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), labeling, safe handling procedures, use, storage, and emergency procedures for specific hazardous products. A completion certificate provided upon successful completion of the course.

ASSESSMENT:
Student must pass a written examination with a minimum grade of 70%.

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY TRAINING SYSTEM (CSTS)

OUTLINE:
In this course students will receive construction related safety training including current WorkSafe BC health and safety standards. The training consists of 12 safety modules that are delivered in an interactive computer based delivery format. A completion certificate provided upon successful completion of the course.

ASSESSMENT:
Student must pass a written examination for each of the 12 safety modules with a minimum grade of 100% on each examination.

CHAINSAW SAFETY

OUTLINE:
In this course students will learn chainsaw basics including safety requirements, personal protective equipment (PPE), basic operator skills. All training aids, including chainsaws for hands-on training will be provided. Completion certificate provided upon successful completion of the course.

ASSESSMENT:
Student must pass a written examination and practical examination with a minimum grade of 70% on each examination.

OCCUPATIONAL FIRST AID - Level 1

OUTLINE:
This course provides students with training in basic first aid and includes CPR. Students will learn self-help or first help of an injured patient and how to stabilize him or her until more trained help arrives. Training will cover bleeding control, artificial respiration, examining an unconscious patient and choking. A Worksafe BC certificate will be issued upon successful completion.

ASSESSMENT:
Student must pass a written examination and practical examination with a minimum grade of 70% on each examination.

TRANSPORTATION ENDORSEMENT

OUTLINE:
This provides WorkSafe BC accepted training in transportation protocol for first aid certificate holders. It gives Occupational First Aid Level 1 and 2 certificate holders the required training to move injured workers by using a spine board or basket stretcher. The transportation endorsement expires with the Level 1 and 2 certificates. Students must submit their First Aid Level 1 or Level 2 certificate number when registering.

ASSESSMENT:
Student must pass a written examination and practical examination with a minimum grade of 70% on each examination.

SAFETY AND SAFE WORK PRACTICES

OUTLINE:
In this course students will review Math principles used by Power Line Technicians. Students will then apply Math principles to perform calculations required for Power Line Technician projects. The student will use various measuring devices necessary to the trade.

ASSESSMENT:
Student assessment is by means of quizzes, homework assignments, practical assessments, and one exam upon completion of the course. A combined minimum of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade.

CLIMBING

OUTLINE:
In this course students will learn about the care and use of climbing equipment; demonstrate climbing on wood and steel structures along with working on elevated platforms. The course will also describe the testing for pole (structure) stability.

ASSESSMENT:
Student assessment is by means of quizzes, homework assignments, practical assessments, and one exam upon completion of the course. A combined minimum of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade.

POLICY AND REGULATIONS

OUTLINE:
This course will introduce students to the safety regulations, personal protective equipment and to recognize levels of training involvement. The course also introduce the student to perform rescue procedures and demonstrates fire fighting procedures along with be able to recognize and observe limits of approach.

ASSESSMENT:
Student assessment is by means of quizzes, homework assignments, practical assessments, and one exam upon completion of the course. A combined minimum of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade.

TOOLS AND INSTRUMENTS

OUTLINE:
This course will demonstrate to the student the care and use of hand and power tools and test instruments. The course will also describe the care and use of live line tools.

ASSESSMENT:
Student assessment is by means of quizzes, homework assignments, practical assessments, and one exam upon completion of the course. A combined minimum of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade.

ELECTRICAL THEORY

OUTLINE:
This course will describe electrical fundamentals, the operation of single phase motors and generators; transformation (single phase) and metering (single phase, primary, secondary).

ASSESSMENT:
Student assessment is by means of quizzes, homework assignments, practical assessments, and one exam upon completion of the course. A combined minimum of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade.

EQUIPMENT

OUTLINE:
This course will identify types of line equipment as well as demonstrate care and use of hydraulically equipped vehicles.

ASSESSMENT:
Student assessment is by means of quizzes, homework assignments, practical assessments, and one exam upon completion of the course. A combined minimum of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade.

RIGGING

OUTLINE:
This course will describe work, force and mechanical advantage as well as identify and demonstrate lifting components.

ASSESSMENT:
Student assessment is by means of quizzes, homework assignments, practical assessments, and one exam upon completion of the course. A combined minimum of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade.

OVERHEAD DISTRIBUTION

OUTLINE:
This course will prepare the student to identify and select materials for a given project; identify line status and construct and maintain distribution lines.

ASSESSMENT:
Student assessment is by means of quizzes, homework assignments, practical assessments, and one exam upon completion of the course. A combined minimum of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade.

UNDERGROUND DISTRIBUTION

OUTLINE:
This course will prepare the student to identify and select materials for a given project; identify line status.

ASSESSMENT:
Student assessment is by means of quizzes, homework assignments, practical assessments, and one exam upon completion of the course. A combined minimum of 70% is required to achieve a passing grade.


PRE-REQUISITES

Course Pre-Requisites

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • While no other pre-requisite is required for the program, it is recommended that students have the mobility and physical strength to perform all duties required of the job. In addition, candidates should have no fear of heights.

Career Pre-Requisites

Employers may require that you also meet the following criteria:

  • English 12 or equivalent.
  • Mathematics or equivalent.
  • Physics 11
  • Class Three Commercial Driving License
  • Air Brakes Endorsement
  • Physical Assessment


CERTIFICATION

Students must successfully complete the program with an academic grade of 70% or higher. (See course details for specific information). Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive several industry-recognized certificates and a program completion certificate.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Upon completion of this program, students will have a demonstrated capability and aptitude to perform all aspects of the job. While this program increases eligibility for employment, it does not include job placement.

Once hired by an employer, candidates will have the opportunity to enter an internal competition to become a Power Line Technician (PLT) apprentice.


ORIENTATION & ASSESSMENT DAY - TBA

  • Reading Comprehension: test
  • Math Comprehension: test
  • Electrical Theory: reading and quiz
  • Rope Blocks & Mechanical Advantage: reading and quiz
  • Tools & Equipment: reading and quiz
  • Climbing Theory: reading and quiz
  • General Aptitude: interview

  • Upon successful completion, candidates will be contacted and invited to submit their application for registration.

    Please note that course size is limited and not all eligible candidates will be admitted into the current course intake.


    PROGRAM REGISTRATION

    Course registrations will be processed directly through the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

    Call: 1.888.823.8734 (use course code: CRN 20239)
    Email: continuingstudies@ufv.ca
    Visit: ufv.ca/programs/powerline-technician/

    If you wish to ensure that you will receive an invitation to attend, please contact EITI with your request.

    Also see our Worker Training & Development programs, customized and delivered at your site.