Powerline technicians play a vital role in ensuring the reliable delivery of electricity to homes and businesses across the country. Our program provides training with a focus on practical hands-on training in the utility electrical field related to overhead and underground distribution installations. You'll cover all of the material in the first-year Powerline Technician Apprenticeship curriculum, spend some time on the poles and receive additional safety training, as well as a two-week practicum placement.

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Career Opportunities

As a journeyperson in the Powerline industry, you will have opportunities in:

  • Local, provincial, and national powerline industry service providers
  • Maintenance of existing powerlines and service areas
  • Overhead distribution maintenance and installation
  • Transmission maintenance and installation
  • Underground distribution maintenance and installation

Additional information can be found at the following links:

Powerline Technician: Occupations in Alberta

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Curriculum Guide

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Fall 2024
Powerline Technician


This program is not available for International Students.

New applicants are accepted into the Pre-Powerline Technician program for the Fall (September) or Winter (January) terms. 

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs.

Academic Requirements
  • Successful completion of English 20-2, Math 20-3, and Science 10, pass Apprenticeship Entrance Exam, or passing mark in all five Canadian General Education Development (GED) tests. 
  • A valid driver's license (class 3 is recommended). 
Non-Academic Requirements
  • This program takes place on a remote campus at the Agriculture & Trades Training Facility (former Animal Husbandry Building) 211034-Hwy 512 on the jail road.
  • Safety and climbing equipment are required to be purchased by students.
  • The ability to lift heavy objects weighing in excess of 25 kilograms.
  • Be comfortable working at heights.
  • Good physical coordination and manual dexterity.
  • Mechanical ability.
  • Good hearing and color vision.
  • The ability to work at heights and in varying extreme climates.
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and adapt to changing tasks and locations.
  • Responsibility to do all work tasks expected of an apprentice Powerline Technician.
Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Pre-Powerline Technician certificate.

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Delivery Formats

The Pre-Employment Powerline Technician program is delivered on campus through an apprenticeship-style training but may have some blended and hyflex components.


This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.


This program is offered both on-campus and online; lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Year 1
Term I
PWL-1100Standard Workplace Safety and Codes3
PWL-1101Introduction to Electrical Theory6
PWL-1102Introduction to Transformer Theory3
PWL-1103Overhead Line Construction6
PWL-1104Practicum Placement1.5
 Total Credits19.5

Upon successful completion of The Pre-Powerline Technician program, you will:

  • be prepared to write the First Period Alberta Apprenticeship Examination.
  • be prepared to be employed within the Powerline Technician industry in Alberta.
  • have learned valuable employability skills through classroom and hands-on training.
  • obtain a Pre-Powerline Technician certificate.
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Tuition and Fees

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Powerline Technician

Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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