Energize the world with a safety-focused powerline technician diploma.

Be part of the longest-running powerline program in the province, staffed by a faculty experienced in the industry. Gain the real-world skills to diagnose intricate electrical problems in a fast-paced and dynamic environment with our on-campus outdoor pole fields, including the Gatien Training Field. 
You’ll learn skills in the drafting, design, construction, maintenance, and repair of powerline systems. With a focus on safety, you’ll cover overhead and underground distribution, electrical power stations, transmission systems, communication networks, and more. You’ll have an option to begin an apprenticeship with a competitive salary while earning your diploma. 

Program highlights

  • Co-op apprenticeship option 
  • Year-round training in the powerline garage and outdoor pole fields 
  • Partnership with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (ISHA) allows you to take industry certificate courses prior to starting co-op 
  • Networking opportunities with industry members 
  • Opportunity for select students to participate in the Ontario Skills Competition 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CAD 1100 Computer-Aided Drafting I 2
ELC 1130 Electrical Theory and Wiring I 1 6
MTH 1152 Electrical Math I 3
HRP 1002 Job Search and Soft Skills 2
PLT 1100 Powerline Theory and Construction I 1 8
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
ELC 1230 Electrical Theory and Wiring II 1 6
MTH 1252 Electrical Math II 3
PLT 1101 Workplace Safety And The Law 2
PLT 1200 Powerline Theory & Construction II 1 8
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
ELC 2335 Electrical Theory and Wiring III 1 6
ENG 1780 Applied Communication II 2
MTH 2352 Electrical Math III 3
PLT 2300 Powerline Theory & Construction III 1 8
PLT 2350 Computer Aided Drafting II 2
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
PLT 2400 Powerline Theory & Construction IV 1 8
PLT 2405 Transformer & Metering Theory 1 2
PLT 1102 Electrical and Distribution Systems 6
PRT 1003 Physics for Trades and Tech 3
One General Education course. 2 3
 Total Credits92

 Course with Lab Component


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

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

Additional admission requirements


  • Any grade 11 (U) or grade 12 (U) or (C) chemistry or physics or any grade 11 or 12 technical course (C), (U), or (M)

Program delivery


Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 3:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Fall 2025


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 4:  Spring 2026

Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

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.