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Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance

Award: Diploma
Length: Two semesters & One Summer Term
Summer & Fall semester entry


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.

One year of high school algebra is recommended.

Where will I get a job?
Graduates of the Powerline program are in demand by electrical utilities, rural electric cooperatives, municipals, 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 greater opportunity for advancement within the industry. NCC’s placement rates are almost 100%, over 30% of students get jobs before graduation.

How much $ will I make?
Average starting salary has been around $22/hour.

What kind of classes will I take?
Class time is split about 50/50 between lecture in the classroom and the hands-on time outdoors on the poles.

What’ s unique about this program?
It is the only Powerline program in Iowa. NCC also offers an option for a Powerline Technology degree (Associate of Applied Science).

Student Profile
• Analytical
• Desire to succeed
• Good communicator

Fall Entry
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Fall Semester 


19

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 
PL Trade Fundamentals I 
2
PWL190-C 
PL Trade Fundamentals II 
2
Elective Math**
3

Spring Semester 


18

     
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

Summer Term 


10

PWL178-C Field Training V 4
PWL182-C Underground Distribution 3
PWL186-C Transmission and Distribution 3

Required for Graduation

SDV135-C
Job Seeking Skills 1
CDL Recommended



Summer Entry
____________________________

Summer Term

 

11

PWL168-C DC Theory 2
PWL170-C Field Training I 4
PWL189-C Powerline Trade Fundamentals I 2
Elective
Math**
3

Fall Semester


16

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

Spring Semester


20

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

Required for Graduation

SDV135-C Job Seeking Skills 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.
















Aaron J. Dvorak

Instructor at NCC since: 1996
Email me at ADvorak@nwicc.edu













Gary Morris
Instructor at NCC since: 2008
Email me at gmorris@nwicc.edu












Lee Van Kley

Instructor at NCC since: 2013
Email me at lvankley@nwicc.edu



 






Text
712-301-2573 or 712-301-1401
Call 800-352-4907
Email studentservices@nwicc.edu



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 nwicc.edu/compliance