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About the Electric Utility Technology Certificate

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  33

Gainful Employment Data

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-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
CPD104 Career & Personal Development

CPD 104. Career and Personal Development (3). Career/life planning through self-awareness and understanding. Focus is on dealing with change, decision making, goal setting and understanding lifestyles as well as evaluating interests, skills and values. Emphasis on the development of a comprehensive career search process including current occupational information, specific tools for researching the job market and acquiring employment. Three lecture.

1. Defining terms
2. Adult development
3. Personal and career beliefs and values
4. Choices: change and decision-making skills
5. Personal inventory assessment
6. Occupational information
7. Job search methods

1. Describe the process of career and life planning. (1)
2. Define and evaluate choices and resources for dealing with change. (4)
3. Identify specific personal skills and relate these skills to occupations. (5)
4. Identify and translate interests and abilities to occupations. (5)
5. Identify personal values and value conflicts as related to career decision-making. (3)
6. Identify obstacles to decision-making and resources for overcoming these obstacles. (4)
7. Identify systems for occupational grouping and use various sources of occupational information. (6)
8. Establish long range goals for personal and career development. (4)
9. Identify stages of adult development and describe their influence on lifestyle. (2)
10. Define and assess individual beliefs and motivations about work. (3, 5)
11. Identify environmental factors and trends which influence career and/or job choices. (6)
12. Identify and utilize a variety of effective job search methods and interviewing skills. (7)
13. Design and compose appropriate resumes. (7)

ELT101 Basic Electricity: AC & DC

ELT 101. Basic Electricity (4). Basic principles of Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) electricity. Examination of the structures and functions of AC and DC circuits including series, parallel and series-parallel circuits. Includes an overview of electric systems and their applications in the utility industry. Three lecture. Two lab.

1. Basic principles of electricity: the atom, electric current, conductors and insulators, uses in the utility industry
2. Electric circuits: pressure, power, energy, Ohm\222s Law
3. Building DC circuits
4. Electric systems: generating, transmission, sub-station and distribution systems

1. Identify and explain the basic principles of AC and DC electriciity. (1)
2. Explain the uses of electricity in the utility industry. (1)
3. Identify and describe the structure and function of the various types of electric circuits. (2)
4. Outline the basic principles of Ohm\222s Law. (2)
5. Identify and use the necessary components to build series circuits. (3)
6. Identify and use the necessary components to build parallel circuits. (3)
7. Identify and use the necessary components to build series- parallel circuits. (3)
8. Describe the structure and function of electric generating stations. (4)
9. Explain the functions of electric transmission circuits. (4)
10. Identify and describe the functions of electric sub-stations. (4)
11. Identify and explain the major components and functions of electric distribution systems. (4)

ELT141 Electrical Apparatus

ELT 141. Electrical Apparatus (4) (Spring). Overview of transformers and their operation including single and three-phase theory. Focus is on construction and hook-up of single-phase, three-phase, open Y and Delta transformer connections. Covers capacitor banks, including application and installation. Prerequisite: ELT 101 (May be taken concurrently) or ELT 112 (May be taken concurrently). Two lecture. Four lab.

1. Fundamentals of transformer operation and protection
2. Single phase transformer operation and connections
3. Three-phase transformer operation and connections
4. Open Y- and Delta connections
5. Surge arrestor operation and installation
6. Capacitor bank operation and installation

1. Describe the parts, theory of operation, and function of transformers. (1)
2. Explain the differences between conventional and self- protected transformers and describe the appropriate uses of each. (1)
3. Draw the connections and utilize the procedures and techniques used to install single-phase transformers. (2)
4. Draw the connections and utilize the procedures and techniques used to install three-phase transformers. (3)
5. Draw the connections and utilize the procedures and techniques used to install open Y- and Delta transformers. (4)
6. Describe surge arresters and explain their operation, application, and use in the utility industry. (5)
7. Describe capacitor banks and explain their operation, application and installation on power lines. (6)

ELT201 Introduction to Linework I

ELT 201. Introduction to Linework I (2) (Fall). Overview of the linework industry including its history, technological developments and current practices. Examination of industry equipment and tools. Focus is on safety practices and procedures used in utility linework industry. Prerequisite: ELT 101 (May be taken concurrently) or ELT 112 (May be taken concurrently). One lecture. Two lab.

1. History of linework
2. Technological developments and current practices of linework
3. Pole climbing equipment and tools
4. Pole climbing techniques and safety practices
5. Grounding equipment and tools
6. Cover-up techniques and safety practices

1. Describe the history of the linework industry. (1)
2. Identify technological developments and define current linework practices. (2)
3. Identify and describe the equipment and tools used in pole climbing. (3)
4. Describe and utilize safety techniques used in pole climbing. (4)
4. Identify and describe the equipment and tools used in testing and grounding. (5)
6. Describe and use the techniques used in cover-up. (6)

ELT202 Field Training I (Lineworker)

ELT 202. Field Training I (Lineworker) (6) (Fall). Basics of climbing and working on utility poles. Focus is on apparatus and equipment, using ropes and rigging equipment, installations of single and double cross arms, pole framing and setting, use of hand line and building single-phase lines. Prerequisite: ELT 201 (May be taken concurrently). Two lecture. Eight lab.

1. Climbing equipment and tools
2. Climbing safety and techniques
3. Ropes and rigging
4. Pole framing and setting
5. Building single phase lines

1. Identify and use equipment and tools to climb utility poles. (1)
2. Utilize safe, industry-standard pole climbing techniques.(2)
3. Identify the types of rope used in the utility industry and describe their characteristics and appropriate use. (3)
4. Identify and tie knots used in the utility industry and describe the appropriate use of each type. (3)
5. Employ effective team working skills. (4)
6. Use the skills necessary to frame single and double cross arms. (4)
7. Use tools and techniques to build single- phase lines. (5)

1. Standardized pole climbing assessment.

ELT211 Introduction to Linework II

ELT 211. Introduction to Linework II (2) (Spring). Advanced study of the linework industry with an emphasis on hot sticking and lockout/tagout procedures using industry-standard safety practices.Prerequisite: ELT 201. One lecture. Two lab.

1. Hot sticking equipment and tools
2. Hot sticking techniques and safety practices
3. Lockout /tagout equipment and tools
4. Lockout /tagout techniques and safety practices

1. Identify and describe the equipment and tools used in hot sticking. (1)
2. Describe and employ techniques used in hot sticking. (2)
3. Identify the tools and equipment used in, and explain the importance of, lockout/tagout procedures. (3)
4. Describe procedures used in communications for lockout /tagout procedures . (4)
5. Use industry-standard techniques for lockout/tagout. (4)

ELT212 Field Training II (Lineworker)

ELT 212. Field Training II (Lineworker) (6) (Spring). Installation of electrical lines including transformers, reclosers and capacitor banks. Topics include rubber gloving, hot sticking techniques, and working on underground lines. Practice in the safe set up and operation of equipment used in the linework industry with a focus on the development of entry-level skills as drivers and operators. Includes Commerical Driver's License (CDL) standards as well as procedures and practice in pole-top and bucket truck rescues. Prerequisite: ELT 202. Two lecture. Eight lab.

1. Equipment used in the utility industry
2. Live-line work practices
3. Three-phase electrical line construction and installation
4. Pole-top rescues
5. Bucket truck rescues
6. Underground line construction and installation
7. CDL standards

1. Identify the equipment used in the utility industry and utilize safe operating techniques for each. (1)
2. Identify and describe maintenance practices for keeping equipment in safe operating condition. (1)
3. Construct and install three-phase electrical line systems. (3)
4. Describe and use the procedures necessary for the maintenance of three-phase systems. (3)
5. Describe and use the procedures for rubber-gloving and hot-sticking power lines. (2, 3)
6. Describe and use the procedures for a safe pole-top rescue. (4)
7. Describe and use the procedures for a safe bucket-truck rescue. (5)
8. Construct and install underground power lines. (6)
9. Operate commercial equipment according to CDL standards. (5, 7)

MAT100 Technical Mathematics

MAT 100. Technical Mathematics (3). Review of arithmetic skills, proportions, percentages, exponents, algebraic equations of the first degree, basic geometry, and literal equations with applications designed for the student's own field of study. Prerequisite: MAT 082, or one year of high school algebra completed within the last 4 years, or a satisfactory score on the mathematics skills assessment. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

1. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers
2. Ratio and Proportion
3. Percents
4. Rules of exponents
5. Fractional exponents and radicals
6. First degree equations
7. Literal equations
8. Geometry
9. Measurement including the metric system

1. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed rational numbers. (QL 1)
2. Apply whole number exponent laws to simplify expressions. (QL 1)
3. Convert fractional exponents to radical form and radicals to fractional exponents. (QL 1)
4. Solve problems involving ratios and proportions. (QL 1,2,4)
5. Solve problems involving percentages. (QL 1,2,4)
6. Solve basic algebraic linear equations including those containing literal terms. (QL 1-4)
7. Identify basic geometric shapes and formulae. (QL 1,3)
8. Solve problems involving geometric shapes and perimeter, area and volume of those shapes. (QL 1-4)
9. Use measurement systems including the metric system. (QL 1,2)

PPT120 Energy Industry Fundamentals

PPT 120. Energy Industry Fundamentals (3). Commercially used fuels and power sources and their conversion to useable energy, with a focus on generated electrical power and its transmission and distribution to the point of use. Includes exploration of the energy industry, safe and healthy work environments, natural gas transmission and distribution, and career/entry requirements. Preparation for the Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF) Certification exam. Three lecture.

1. Energy industry
2. Safe and healthy work environment
3. Electric power generation
4. Electric power transmission
5. Electric power distribution
6. Natural gas transmission and distribution
7. Energy related careers and entry requirements
8. Energy topics, hot topics, regulatory topics and emerging technologies

1. Explain the basic and emerging principles and concepts that impact the energy industry. (1)
2. Apply compliance with procedures necessary to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. (2)
3. Describe electric power generation. (3)
4. Describe electric power transmission. (4)
5. Explain electric power distribution. (5)
6. Explain natural gas transmission and distribution. (6)
7. Identify and describe energy related careers and entry requirements. (7)
8. Discuss and analyze energy and regulatory topics. (8)


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. (ELT202)
  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)