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POWERLINE TECHNICIAN (PLT)
Pre-apprenticeship Certificate

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY

  • ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION DAY: TBA - pending COVID SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATIONS — View Details
  • COURSE DATES: TBA - pending COVID — View Details
  • 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 12-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.

    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 12-week, full-time program (38.5 hours per week: Mon-Thurs: 7:30am to 4:30pm; Fri: 7:30am to 1:00pm) will prepare students for entry into the high voltage electrical energy industry. This comprehensive 12-week program includes:

    CLIMBING

    OUTLINE:
    In this course students will learn about the care and use of climbing equipment, and 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 how to recognize levels of training involvement. The course also introduces the student to perform rescue procedures and demonstrates firefighting procedures along with being 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 demonstrates 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 the 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.


    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 a program completion certificate from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) and EITI Global, as well as a transcript of their marks.


    PREREQUISITES

    Course Prerequisites

    • Complete EITI/UFV Orientation Session (recommended).
    • 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.
    • Physical strength and mobility to complete the course (recommended).
    • No fear of heights.

    Career Prerequisites

    Employers may require that you also meet the following criteria:

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


    APPLICATION DETAILS

    ORIENTATION

    We highly recommend that all new applicants attend our Powerline Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Orientation:

    • DATE: TBA - Pending COVID | SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATIONS — View Details
      TIME: TBA
      INTERVIEWS (out-of-town candidates; directly after orientation): TBA
    • LOCATION: University of the Fraser Valley
      33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC Building B, Room 140.
    • COST: No fee for orientation day.
    • No entrance exams required.
    • NOTE: Applicants must register for the orientation through UFV to attend the orientation. Please see details below.

    ORIENTATION REGISTRATION

    REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION DAY: Registrations are handled through the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). To register, please call: 1-888-823-8734, and reference CRN: 20025.

    To receive notification of Registration Opening, contact EITI Global at info@eitiglobal.com

    For more information on the program, visit: ufv.ca/programs/powerline-technician or email: continuingstudies@ufv.ca

    FULL 12-WEEK PROGRAM DETAILS

    • COURSE DATES: TBA - Pending COVID | SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATIONS — View Details
    • COURSE LOCATION: Abbotsford and Chilliwack, BC – a full course schedule will be sent to accepted students prior to the course start date.

    TUITION & OTHER COSTS AND REQUIREMENTS

    • Tuition (12 weeks, full-time): Approximately $11,000
    • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Hand Tools, Climbing Gear & Manuals (provided by EITI): approximately $3,400.
    • CSA Certified Lineman Boots (student to purchase on their own): prices vary.

      See below for information on line boot requirements.

    • Line Boot Requirements

      All students accepted into the program will be required to purchase a pair of line boots. The boots must meet safety standards outline by WorkSafe B.C. for line work, included:

      • Non-skid soles
      • Electrical Shock Resistant (Look for orange OHM symbol)
      • CSA Certified (look for green CSA triangle symbol)
      • Minimum 8” laced tops
      • Grade 1 protective toe

      Some examples of approved boots:

      • Hoffman 10” EH Dri-Line Composite Toe HMB 10COMPDL10EEE
      • Hoffman 10” EH Powerline Composite Toe HMB EGPOW10EE EH
      • Viberg Lineman 9” CSA Safety Boot

    PAYMENT

    Upon acceptance into the program, registrants will be supplied with an invoice for PPE, Hand Tools, Climbing Gear, and Manuals. The amount is due to EITI. Other than boots, all the supplies you require for the program will be provided through EITI for you to keep. This amount is non-refundable.

    The tuition amount is payable to UFV at the time of registration. Program registration details will be emailed out to all accepted students, once registration opens.


    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

    Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge of the PLT trade to a potential employer. While this program increases eligibility for employment, it does not include job placement.


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