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Power and Utility Line Work

Build your knowledge of the systems and computer controls, safety training and environmental awareness needed to work as a Powerline Technician.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate

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Overview

Are you a team player with good hand-eye coordination? Do you value job safety? Are you comfortable with heights? These are a few of the strengths you will need to succeed in this line of work. The generation, transmission and distribution of electric power integrates mechanical, advanced electrical and electronic systems, computer controls and professional skills.

You learn:

  • Safety and environmental awareness
  • Electrical technology
  • Computer utilization and communications that meet international standards

Work experience

  • Work placement is a mandatory credit course, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
    • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • This is a highly innovative program of study that delivers comprehensive training by experienced faculty.
  • You apply the theory at an outdoor, on-campus training facility provided by NSCC and the industry.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

Other info

  • Well-qualified applicants are team players, comfortable working at heights and in extreme conditions, have excellent hand-eye coordination, have an aptitude for mechanics and are able to physically perform strenuous activities that the trade requires (e.g., lifting, pulling and climbing).
  • Employers may require you to have (or obtain) a Class 3 driver's licence with air brake endorsement. In addition, some employers may require clean drivers abstract.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official criminal record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely, in the shop and in the field, while performing tasks of the trade.

2023-24 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2023

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Cumberland Campus Springhill Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition amounts are for the 2022-23 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. 2023-24 tuition will be announced in the late Spring.

Tuition (Domestic):
$8,695
Tuition (International):
$11,690

Tuition, fees and program costs

This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates find employment in many occupations related to the industrial, commercial and construction trades and technologies. They're line technicians, arborists, technical sales and service representatives, and equipment operation and maintenance technicians.
  • Learn more about labour market information. Visit Career Options

Future study options

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Powerline Technician trade.
  • To become certified in the Powerline Technician trade, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Powerline Technician is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the inter-provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.

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