Electrical Power Distribution & Control Technician

Program Code: PDCT (International) Length of Program: Two-Year Co-op Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma Starts: Sep (Open)
Term 1 ELC-1274 Basic Electrical Installations I ELC-1726 Electrical Theory ELC-1732 Safety and Electrical Code I COM-1013 Critical Thinking and Writing ICS-1302 Fundamentals of Instrumentation I MTH-1904 Mathematics for Technology I Term 2 ELC-2155 Electrical Systems Applications ELC-2505 Electronic Devices and Applications ELC-2764 Industrial Installation Practices ELE-1122 AutoCAD for Electrical Techniques ICS-2303 Fundamentals of Instrumentation II GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Academic Break Academic Break Term 3 ELC-3744 Digital Logic GED-XXX3 General Education Elective JSS-1001 Job Search and Success MTH-2904 Mathematics for Technology II PDC-1224 Intro to Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power PDC-1233 Introduction to Industrial Control and Protection Term 4 PDC-4013 Application of Power Electronics GED-XXX3 General Education Elective ICS-5354 Programmable Logic Control PDC-4003 Electrical Metering ICS-6715 Control Systems Architecture and Data Communications and Controls PDC-1115 Introduction to Protective Relays Term 5 (May - August) CPL-1049 Co-op Work Term

The Electrical Power Distribution & Control Technician program is designed to provide graduates with specialized knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in electrical power, distribution systems, protection, and control. Working both in the classroom and in various lab and shop settings, students gain practical, hands-on experience in electrical fundamentals and specific concepts related to power distribution and control.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of electrical techniques, students will study power generation from traditional and emerging renewable energy systems, power distribution, connection to the grid, high voltage and transfer.

With lessons taking place in the classroom and in various lab and shop settings, students gain both theoretical and practical, hands-on experience.

Program Capabilities outline what skills students should possess as they progress through each term/year of their program.

Co-op students and employers will find this information most useful and can reference this capabilities document to ensure students are gaining the experience they need to fulfull the program requirements.

The student will be capable of the following skills by the end of the term indicated:

Upon Graduation

  • Analyze, translate, produce, and maintain electrical drawings, reports, and other related documents and graphics.
  • Analyze, troubleshoot, and solve technical problems related to electrical power and control technology in the power generation, distribution, and utilities industries.
  • Use, calibrate, and maintain instrumentation and test equipment relating to the power utility industry.
  • Assemble and commission electrical circuits, machines, and equipment that fulfill the job requirements and specifications relating to the power generation and distribution industries.
  • Use various troubleshooting techniques to identify problems and verify acceptable functions with electrical circuits, equipment, and systems in the power generation, distribution, and utilities industries.
  • Assist in conducting power quality control, power factor analysis, harmonics content, and quality assurance procedures in the distribution network in the power industry.
  • Perform all tasks according to appropriate safety procedures, standards, and regulations in electrical engineering workplaces related to the power industry.
  • Apply principles of networking, microprocessor systems, instrumentation, telecommunications, and other related technologies to complete electrical engineering tasks in the power industries.
  • Analyze grid systems and apply the required power protection.
  • Apply engineering principles relating to electrical power generation, transmission, distribution, and control in the implementation of projects.
  • Analyze test data collected from measurements, cabling systems, and test equipment utilized by power industry.
  • Select and apply electrical cabling requirements and verify system grounding in the electrical power industry for a variety of applications.
  • Contribute to the design of electrical circuits, equipment, components, and systems in the power generation, distribution, and utilities industries.

For co-op information, contact:
Co-op & Career Services
519-542-7751 x 3455