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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne | Limited Enrolment

With Cambrian's on-campus outdoor training field, industry-experienced faculty, and track record as the longest-running Powerline Technician program in Ontario, as a Cambrian grad, you'll be prepared to take on the demands of this dynamic industry in any type of weather condition at any time.

You will learn to work safely in the various areas of the trade and acquire skills in the drafting, design, construction, maintenance, and repair of powerline systems including:

  • Transmission lines

  • Overhead and underground distribution

  • Communication networks

  • Electrical power stations

You also have the option to begin an apprenticeship while earning your diploma.

Program Highlights
  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Start in September or January

  • Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship option

  • Real-world, hands-on training year round in the College's outdoor powerline field located on campus

  • Program is completely tailored to Powerline students, including electrical courses

  • Partnership with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association allows you to take industry certificate courses prior to starting your co-op and to network with industry members

4D Learning Opportunities

Science North Festival of Lights – Each year, our students help set up more than 300 light displays at Science North in Sudbury for the community to enjoy.

Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Option

If you wish to work as a journeyperson, you will be provided an option to register as Powerline Technician Apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). You will be required to complete level 1 and 2 in-school training through the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and will be required to pay a portion of the cost of the in-school training (approximately $2,000). you will also be required to complete two co-op semesters in addition to the regular program.

The placement is an optional co-op and is not required in order for you to graduate from Cambrian's regular postsecondary Powerline Technician program. You can elect to complete your postsecondary program, and you can graduate with a diploma, without participating in the co-op option. However, Powerline Technician students who choose, and qualify, to participate in this optional Co-op/PowerTech program, become registered apprentices sponsored by PowerTech. In order to qualify for sponsorship, you must meet strict academic standards. Through your participation in this program, you have the opportunity to participate in two paid co-op placements while earning a college diploma. The combination of your academic curriculum and the experience from the co-op placements enables you to receive completion from the Ministry of Training, College and Universities for two of the four levels of in-school apprenticeship training of the trade related to the program.

Limited Enrolment – 24 seats available

Please note that possession of the requirements does not guarantee admission. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available in the program, the College reserves the right to select from among those applicants. All students applying by February 1 (for September start) or (September 3) for January start will be given equal consideration. Preference will be given to Ontario residents. Please see the Limited Enrolment F.A.Q.'s on our website under "How to Apply" for further details.

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Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)

  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C), (U), or (M) (MCT4C is highly recommended)

Recommended: any grade 11 or 12 chemistry or physics (C) or (U), or any technical course (C), (U), or (M)

Additional Information

Students will write a math test at the start of the first semester and may be required to take an additional two-hour math tutorial.


Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:


Winter Term Start


Fall Term Start

Winter Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Every academic year, students are required to successfully complete an online Student Safety Regulations and General Safety Standards course.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1Credits
CAD 1100Computer-Aided Drafting I 2
ELC 1130Electrical Theory and Wiring I 16
FIT 1015Fitness Healthy Lifestyles 2
MTH 1152Electrical Math I 3
PLT 1100Powerline Theory and Construction I 18
ENG 1002College Communications 3
 Term Credits: 24
Semester 2
ELC 1230Electrical Theory and Wiring II 16
MTH 1252Electrical Math II 3
PLT 1101Workplace Safety And The Law 2
PLT 1200Powerline Theory Construction II 18
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 3
ELC 2335Electrical Theory and Wiring III 16
ENG 1780Applied Communication II 2
MTH 2352Electrical Math III 3
PLT 2300Powerline Theory Construction III 18
PLT 2350Computer Aided Drafting II 2
The following General Education course:  3
Personal Finance 3
 Term Credits: 24
Semester 4
ELC 2435Electrical Theory and Wiring IV 16
PLT 2400Powerline Theory Construction IV 18
PLT 2405Transformer Metering Theory 12
PLT 2435Applied Mechanics 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 22
 Total Credits: 92

 Course with Lab Component

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $4,305.90. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $3,100. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

A recent study by the Canadian Electrical Sector indicates that over the next nine years, one third of the employees in that sector will be retiring, creating a shortfall of between 1840 and 3542 employees. Graduates of this program may find employment with:

  • Engineering companies
  • Contractors
  • Equipment suppliers
  • Utility companies

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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