ONLY PROGRAM IN IOWA Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog 2017–2018 90 _FA__L_L_ E__N_T_R_Y____________________________________________ _F_a_ll_ S_e_m__e_s_t_e_r ________________________________________1_9_ Course # Title Credits PWL168-C DC Theory 2 PWL169-C AC Theory 2 PWL170-C Field Training I 4 PWL172-C Field Training II 4 PWL189-C Powerline Trade Fundamentals I 2 PWL190-C Powerline Trade Fundamentals II 2 Elective Math** 3 _S_p_ri_n_g_ _S_e_m__e_s_te_r______________________________________1_8_ PWL174-C Field Training III 4 PWL176-C Field Training IV 4 PWL191-C Transformers & Connections 4 PWL183-C Line Maintenance 3 Elective Communications* 3 _S_u_m_m__e_r_ T_e_r_m_________________________________________1_0_ PWL178-C Field Training V 4 PWL182-C Underground Distribution 3 PWL186-C Transmission and Distribution 3 _R_e_q_u_ir_e_d_ _fo__r _G_r_a_d_u_a_t_io_n__________________________________ _S_D_V_1_3_5_-_C______J_o_b_ _S_e_e_k_in_g_ _S_k_il_ls_________________________1_ CDL Recommended _S_U_M_M__E_R_ _E_N_T__R_Y________________________________________ _S_u_m_m__e_r_ T_e_r_m_________________________________________1_1_ PWL168-C DC Theory 2 PWL170-C Field Training I 4 PWL189-C Powerline Trade Fundamentals I 2 Elective Math** 3 _F_a_ll_ S_e_m__e_s_t_e_r ________________________________________1_6_ PWL169-C AC Theory 2 PWL172-C Field Training II 4 PWL174-C Field Training III 4 PWL190-C Powerline Trade Fundamentals II 2 PWL191-C Transformers & Connections 4 _S_p_ri_n_g_ _S_e_m__e_s_te_r______________________________________2_0_ PWL176-C Field Training IV 4 PWL178-C Field Training V 4 PWL182-C Underground Distribution 3 PWL183-C Line Maintenance 3 PWL186-C Transmission and Distribution 3 Elective Communications* 3 _R_e_q_u_ir_e_d_ _fo__r _G_r_a_d_u_a_t_io_n__________________________________ _S_D_V_1_3_5_-_C______J_o_b_ _S_e_e_k_in_g_ _S_k_il_ls_________________________1_ CDL Recommended *You may select any communications course with an A or E suffix. **You may take MAT104-C or any math course with an A or E suffix. Diploma Two Semesters & One Summer Term Summer & Fall semester entry POWERLINE Powerline installers construct and maintain electrical overhead and underground powerlines in this challenging out-of-doors career. As a student, you receive training in a 40-acre outdoor laboratory as well as in the classroom. You learn to climb, set, and remove various sized poles; frame structures; install conductors and street lights; install underground cable; trim trees; and operate trucks along with various equipment. In conjunction with the hands-on experience, you learn about electrical concepts and theory, construction techniques, transmission and distribution systems, safety, materials, and hardware. In addition, you learn communication skills and earn a First Aid Certificate. You also have the opportunity to earn a Class A Commercial Driver’s License. Before entering this exciting program, you should consider whether you meet the general occupational and program work requirements: lift at least 80 pounds, have manipulative skills to work in awkward positions to accomplish tasks, work in both extremely hot and cold weather, work in a team environment, and meet manufacturer’s weight limit restrictions for various pieces of equipment (350 pound maximum weight), physically operate standard industry equipment, and ascend and descend from various heights. Powerline work is safety sensitive so you are required to submit to a drug and alcohol screening in your first term of the program. You are required to comply with the College’s Student Procedure for Drug & Alcohol Testing. You are also subject to a random selection program while enrolled in the program. This testing is similar to what is done in industry. Graduates of the Powerline program are in demand by electrical utilities, rural electric cooperatives, and construction companies. The employment opportunities for powerline installers are excellent across the country, and those applicants with formal training typically have higher starting salaries and great opportunity for advancement within the industry. One year of high school algebra is recommended. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.nwicc.edu/compliance.
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