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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Cambrian Powerline program is the longest running program in the province. We offer an on-campus outdoor training field and industry-experienced faculty. As a Cambrian grad, you will have acquired the skills necessary to diagnose intricate electrical problems in a fast paced dynamic industry.

Safety is paramount. Students will learn to consider safety first and become advocates in support of a safe work place. The Powerline technician program covers the following:

  • Overhead and underground distribution

  • Electrical power stations

  • Transmission system 

  • Communication networks 

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

Students have the opportunity to register as Powerline Technician Apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Level 1 and 2 in-school (MAESD) training is offered by Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and is available to students who meet the criteria for coop placements. Students participating in the level one and two training must pay a portion of the cost (approximately $2,000). The placement is optional and is not required to graduate from Cambrian's regular post secondary Powerline Technician program. In order to qualify for the coop placement, students must meet strict academic standards and be successful at securing a coop. Students who participate in both paid coops gain real world experience and complete two out of the four levels required to challenge the "red seal" exam. 

Limited Enrolment

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 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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How to Apply

Skills and Trades Training

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.

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Program Delivery

2017-2018

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2018
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Spring 2019

2018-2019

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Spring 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  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

Fees

Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $4500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

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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