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Program Contacts

Professor Drew Lindsey (928) 717-7728
Associate Dean Karla Phillips (928) 717-7725
Dean John Morgan (928) 717-7721

Quick Facts

About the Electric Utility Technology Certificate

The certificate in Electric Utility Technology is designed to prepare the student for a position as an apprentice-level line worker who is familiar with the use of tools, materials, and equipment of the electric utility industry. Students will be trained in power line installation and maintenance, pole climbing and use of tools, truck and equipment operation, and overhead and underground distribution, construction and maintenance of electrical lines.

Field training courses include CPR/Frist Aid certification training, and Commercial Driving License (CDL) manual, medical form, and driving practice.  Most utility linework positions require a CDL Class A license and current CPR/First Aid Certification.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Electric Utility Technology Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Present an overview of line work including the equipment and tools, pole climbing techniques, safety practices and procedures. (ELT201)
  2. Explain the basic principles of AC and DC electricity and describe the uses of electricity in the utility industry. (ELT101)
  3. Identify and use the components necessary to build series, parallel and series parallel DC circuits. (ELT101)
  4. Describe the appropriate care and handling techniques for the types of rope and rigging equipment used in the utility industry. (ELT211)
  5. Tie the major types of knots used in the industry and describe the appropriate use of each. (ELT211)
  6. Use the appropriate tools and equipment to climb utility poles. (ELT211)
  7. Apply techniques approved by the industry to set poles manually and with equipment. (ELT211)
  8. Frame single and double cross arms and build single-phase lines. (ELT211)
  9. Identify and describe the proper equipment, techniques, procedures and industry safety practices used in hot sticking. (ELT202)
  10. Identify and describe the proper equipment and techniques used in lock out and tag out procedures and describe the industry safety practices and procedures related to each. (ELT202)
  11. Explain the structure and function of transformers and outline the construction of the major types of transformer connections used in the industry. (ELT141)
  12. Safely set up and operate the major types of equipment used in the utility line industry. (ELT212)
  13. Construct, install and provide maintenance for two-phase and three-phase systems. (ELT212)
  14. Practice rubber gloving and hot sticking techniques and demonstrate the trenching and construction of underground power lines. (ELT212)
  15. Apply the procedures used in pole top and bucket truck rescue. (ELT212)
  16. Describe personal effectiveness skills including interpersonal skills, integrity, professionalism, motivation, dependability and reliability.  (CPD 104)
  17. Develop, apply and communicate mathematical concepts and formulas that relate to measurement, percentage, statistics and geometry. (MAT 100)
  18. Explain the different types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electrical power and how generated electrical power is transmitted and distributed to the point of use. (PPT 120)

Program-Specific Requirements

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