Applied Electrical Technologies


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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Applied Electrical Technologies program is designed to provide students with the training needed for employment in the electrical utility industry. Topics covered in the certificates include equipment and procedures for overhead and underground distribution line design in addition to considerations and procedures for personal protective grounding. Also covers transformer theory, structure, operations and troubleshooting, and equipment, procedures and calculations for hot stick application. Design and operations of various types of substations, and an overview of emerging technologies in electrical energy production is also covered in addition to maps, schematics and metering theory for linemen and applied line topics. The program includes a Certificate of Completion in Lineman Technology Level I, Certificate of Completion in Lineman Technology Level II, Certificate of Completion in Lineman Technology Level III and Certificate of Completion in Lineman Technology Level IV.


Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Applied Electrical Technologies (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Admissions criteria

This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field. (FYE101, FYE103)
  • Certificate of Completion in Lineman Technology Level I
  • Explain use, maintenance, and safety procedures for common hand and power tools used in the electric power industry. (UTP110, UTP111)
  • Examine line work including the history, technological developments, and current practices in the industry. (UTP111)
  • Identify and describe the equipment, tools, and procedures used in pole climbing. (UTP111, UTP112, UTP113, UTP114)
  • Explain the fundamentals of occupational safety. (UTP111, UTP112, UTP113, UTP114, UTP115)
  • Review procedures for identification and safe operation of equipment related to line work. (UTP111, UTP112, UTP113, UTP114, UTP115)
  • Explain steps for various procedures on de-energized lines. (UTP112)
  • Describe procedures and equipment used for grounding a potentially hazardous source. (UTP112)
  • Explain procedures for creating a safe zone. (UTP112)
  • Describe requirements for safely completing procedures on wood poles. (UTP112, UTP114)
  • Explain limitations to calculations and equipment selection. (UTP113)
  • Explain safe use of rigging components including ropes, knots, handlines, and block and tackle. (UTP113)
  • Explain procedures for managing rigging hazards. (UTP113)
  • Compare and contrast rigging principles. (UTP113, UTP114)
  • Complete lineman specific calculations. (UTP113, UTP114)
  • Explain procedures for constructing single, two, and three phase horizontal lines. (UTP114)
  • Trace the process for taking a line out of service. (UTP114)
  • Explain procedures for calculating tension and pulling cable. (UTP114, UTP115)
  • Compare and contrast duct and vault underground systems. (UTP115)
  • Differentiate between blue stake markings. (UTP115)
  • Describe types of civil work applicable to underground systems. (UTP115)
  • AND
  • Certificate of Completion in Lineman Technology Level II
  • Interpret transformer nameplates. (UTP150)
  • Differentiate between classifications, physical characteristics, and uses for transformers. (UTP150, UTP151)
  • List components, characteristics, and functions of a distribution transformer. (UTP150, UTP151)
  • Explain the basic structure, components, and applications of single-phase and three phase transformers. (UTP150, UTP151, UTP152)
  • Explain procedures for safely energizing a transformer. (UTP151)
  • Compare and contrast three-phase connection diagrams. (UTP151)
  • Describe safety precautions before and after energizing transformers. (UTP151, UTP157)
  • Identify components of transformer output voltages. (UTP152)
  • Describe the application of the Pythagorean Theorem in transformer theory. (UTP152)
  • Interpret blueprints related to transformers. (UTP152)
  • Complete calculations in transformer theory. (UTP152)
  • Compare and contrast hot stick terminology, tools, and procedures. (UTP155)
  • Develop a tailboard for hot work. (UTP155)
  • Complete a hot stick rigging plan. (UTP156)
  • Explain procedures for working with energized conductors and lines. (UTP156)
  • Explain characteristics of phase sequence and rotation. (UTP157)
  • Describe procedures for managing hot stick work site, materials, and equipment. (UTP157)
  • Explain procedures for managing safety in confined spaces. (UTP157)
  • Review requirements for cable preparation and pulling procedures. (UTP157)
  • AND
  • Certificate of Completion in Lineman Technology Level III
  • Explain function, sizing, and installation of protective grounding sets on trucks, underground distribution systems, and construction projects. (UTP210)
  • Review procedures for installing protective grounding in underground distribution systems. (UTP210, UTP212)
  • Complete distribution line design calculations. (UTP211)
  • Design an overhead distribution line system. (UTP211)
  • Explain and apply overhead and underground distribution line design construction standards. (UTP211, UTP212)
  • Demonstrate line design drawing standards. (UTP211, UTP212)
  • Compare and contrast installation standards for various capacitor banks. (UTP211, UTP212)
  • Review line, building, and railroad crossing clearance requirements for underground systems. (UTP212)
  • Design an underground distribution line system. (UTP212)
  • Compare and contrast various types of and goals for alternative energy sources. (UTP215)
  • Compare and contrast issues in the design and function of Extra High Voltage (EHV) lines. (UTP215)
  • Describe characteristics of three-phase systems, distribution capacitors, and fusing. (UTP216)
  • Complete transformer calculations including voltage regulation, fault current, and load. (UTP216)
  • Compare and contrast procedures for isolating, troubleshooting, and testing transformers. (UTP216)
  • Compare operations and design of various types of substations. (UTP217)
  • Review characteristics of and planning and assembly procedures for various types of superstructures. (UTP217)
  • AND
  • Certificate of Completion in Lineman Technology Level IV
  • Define components, coordinates, and symbols for maps and schematics used by linemen. (UTP250)
  • Use mobile Geographic Information Systems (GIS). (UTP250)
  • Identify procedures for handling map and field discrepancies when performing switching. (UTP250, UTP255)
  • Explain basic concepts of energy measurement and metering theory for linemen. (UTP251)
  • Explain strategies for troubleshooting metering problems. (UTP251)
  • Explain Transmission and Generation Operations (TGO), Distribution Operations Center (DOC), and Power Distribution Operations (PDO) organization and responsibilities. (UTP255)
  • Complete rigging calculations. (UTP258)
  • Explain the purpose, scope, and implementation of the clearance procedure. (UTP258)
  • Review responsibilities for various employees in the clearance process. (UTP258)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
FYE101Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success (1) OR
FYE103Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success (3)1-3
CCL/5870N is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Certificate of Completion in Lineman Technology Level IV (5870N)58
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area

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