Powerline Technician

The Powerline Technician program at Algonquin College will prepare you to become a Powerline Technician in Ontario.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to http://www3.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks/

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 1511X01FWO
Academic Year: 2013/2014

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program is delivered in collaboration with Hydro Ottawa and prepares students for entry into the electrical power transmission and distribution industry. Students have the opportunity to develop essential skills and knowledge, beginning with electrical fundamentals and leading to the design, planning, construction and maintenance of distribution lines.

Students develop the essential safety skills and knowledge, practice rigging, learn to design and plan overhead and underground power installations, apply engineering standards and practise installation and maintenance on poles and towers. Students are also exposed to AutoCAD, electrical machinery, metering, and the technologies used to protect and control the electrical grid.

Qualified students (minimum GPA 2.7 or departmental permission) have the opportunity to participate in a paid cooperative employment placement where invaluable experience and insight into the powerline industry is gained before embarking on their career.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who: