ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS–CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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The Electrical Distribution Systems program at State Technical College of Missouri prepares individuals to climb wood pole structures, build and maintain electrical distribution systems, use safe work practices, administer first aid, and perform pole top rescue.  Students also receive a strong foundation in math, communication, and critical thinking skills and are required to participate in an approved internship.  This field has a high demand for experienced individuals resulting in relatively high pay.

The program is taught on a full-time basis and provides extensive hands-on training in small classes taught by faculty who have worked in this field.  Courses in climbing skills, equipment operation, construction and maintenance of overhead lines, customer service, and general studies will develop the competencies required of the electrical line worker.

Students develop advanced skills required of electrical line workers through course work in transformers and transformer theory, conductors, metering, working with energized lines both overhead and underground, fusing, substations, and voltage regulation equipment.  Students who graduate from this program have attained a basic understanding of distribution systems, which prepares students for employment in the field with an advanced apprenticeship rating.

Students who are admitted to the Electrical Distribution Systems program should be aware that some industry equipment safety requirements specify a weight limit of 350 pounds or less including required clothing, gear, and tools.  The inability to meet this safety requirement will prevent participation in and completion of pole climbing, equipment operation, utility construction, and internship courses that are required to complete the Electrical Distribution Systems Associate of Applied Science degree.  It may also prevent employment in positions that require the use of equipment with these safety specifications.

All students are prepared to earn Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour training, CPR, First Aid, and Flagger certifications.  Safety and electrical code requirements are stressed in all classes.

Enrollment in the Electrical Distribution Systems program is limited and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis.  Contact the Office of Admissions for the specific application requirements and deadline.

Due to industry employment requirements, to enroll and remain enrolled in the Electrical Distribution Systems program, students are required to receive and maintain at all times a current, valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  The CDL training and licensing require students to:  1) maintain a driving record that is eligible for a Missouri Class A CDL, 2) obtain a complete, current, and valid Medical Examination Report and Certificate for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination, and 3) successfully pass drug screen(s).

A grade of “C” (70%) must be maintained in all courses, including the internship, as part of the graduation requirement; due to state licensing requirements, students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the CDL classes.  OSHA 10-hour, CPR, First Aid, and Flagger certifications are also included as graduation requirements.  The attendance policy for Electrical Distribution Systems students is stricter than the college-wide policy.  Students should be aware that in addition, they may also be subject to drug testing as a safety precaution.

The Electrical Distribution Systems program contributes to the green economy by recycling scrap material and using recycled products such as wood chips from the Three Rivers Electric Cooperative’s right-of-way tree trimming program in the outdoor pole climbing lab.

The Electrical Distribution Systems program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Program Mission

The mission of the Electrical Distribution Systems program is to provide the students the knowledge and technical skills required to succeed in the electrical distribution industry.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Effective communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Mathematical skills necessary to calculate electrical loads, weights, and measures.
  • Industry-wide safe work practices per American Public Power Association guidelines.
  • Skills to gain entry-level employment in the electrical transmission and distribution field.
  • Analytical problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary for employment in the electrical transmission and distribution field.

 
  CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit  Hours
EDS 100 Customer Service for Utility Professionals 1
EDS 110 Electrical Distribution Systems I 1
EDS 115 Electrical Distribution Systems II 1
EDS 120 Safety and Accident Prevention I 1
EDS 125 Safety and Accident Prevention II 1
EDS 150 Equipment Operation 3
EDS 155 Equipment Operation II 3
EDS 160 Climbing Skills 3
EDS 170 Construction and Maintenance of Overhead Lines 6
EDS 235 Electrical Utility Internship 8
EDS 238 Transformer Theory and Installation 4
EDS 241 Conductor Installation, Service, and Metering 4
EDS 252 Rubber Gloving Techniques 2
EDS 259 Construction of Underground Electrical Systems 3
EDS 272 Fusing, Substation, and Voltage Regulation Equipment 2
    SUB-TOTAL 43
     
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
   
May Not Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
       
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  
HEO 151 Basic Commercial Driver License 1
HEO 152 Basic Commercial Driver License Lab 1

 

IEL 117 Circuitry Fundamentals w/Lab 4
EMS 120 Trigonometry for Industrial Electricity 3
OR      
MAT 121 Trigonometry 3
    SUB-TOTAL 9
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Electrical Distribution Systems (EDS) program for students to: 1) earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses; due to state licensing requirements, students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the CDL classes; and 2) earn OSHA 10-hour, CPR, First Aid, and Flagger certifications.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 72

 

EDS  100  Customer Service for Utility Professionals.  This course provides insights into the concepts and skills related to customer service for utility professionals. The course begins with an overview of the customer service environment and market trends and then focuses on specific skills needed to provide ethical customer service such as verbal and non-verbal communications, listening, and problem solving. Utility industry case studies involving service breakdowns will be used to challenge students to apply the concepts and skills learned to implement service recovery strategies.  1 credit hour.

EDS  110  Electrical Distribution Systems I.  This course will give the student an overview of the types of electrical distribution systems in use.  It is a comprehensive class with real world applications, operations, power conversion, control, measurement, and quality issues.  Transmission and distribution structures and the power grid will also be covered.  1 credit hour.

EDS  115  Electrical Distribution Systems II.  This course continues with the overview of the types of electrical distribution systems in use.  It is a comprehensive class with real world applications, operations, power conversion, control, measurement, and quality issues.  Transmission and distribution structures and the power grid will also be covered.  Prerequisite:  EDS 110 with a grade of “C” or better.  1 credit hour.

EDS  120  Safety and Accident Prevention I. This course teaches the hazards associated with electrical distribution systems.  The student will be able to implement the proper climbing techniques, safety rules, and safe work practices from the American Public Power Association Safety Manual.  The student will learn Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations associated with this industry, reporting requirements, and the penalties that pertain to these regulations.  1 credit hour.

EDS  125  Safety and Accident Prevention II.  This course continues instruction on the hazards associated with electrical distribution systems.  The student will be able to implement the proper climbing techniques, safety rules, and safe work practices from the American Public Power Association Safety Manual.  The student will learn Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations associated with this industry, reporting requirements, and the penalties that pertain to these regulations.  Prerequisite:  EDS 120 with a grade of “C” or better.  1 credit hour.

EDS 150  Equipment Operation.  The student will learn the various operations of different digger/derrick and bucket/basket aerial platform trucks used in the construction of electrical distribution systems.  The student will be familiarized with the basic operation of trencher/backhoe equipment.  This class also covers units on mobile hydraulic systems, vehicle maintenance and inspection, safety rules, rigging and lifting capacities, vehicle grounding practices, and the hands-on operation of digger/derrick and bucket/basket aerial platform trucks.  3 credit hours.

EDS 155  Equipment Operation II.  This course teaches the various operations of directional boring machines and hydrovac trucks used in the construction of utility systems. The student will be familiarized with the basic operation of excavators and related excavation equipment. This course also covers units on hand, power, pneumatic, and hydraulic tools; equipment maintenance and inspection; safety rules; and the hands-on operation of directional boring machines and hydrovac trucks.  3 credit hours.

EDS 160  Climbing Skills.  The student will gain the knowledge of the proper care of climbing tools and master the climbing of wood structures.  Upon completion of this course the student will also be able to determine the proper aspects of pole inspection and be able to recognize the hazards of climbing.  Successful completion of timed pole top rescue in two different methods.  An introduction to aerial pole framing is included in this discipline.  Prerequisite:  EDS 150 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

EDS 170  Construction and Maintenance of Overhead Lines.  This course will give the student a working knowledge of the Rural Utilities Service line construction specifications set forth by the Department of Agriculture.  This will include the aspects of 12,500; 14,400; and 34,500 volt construction.  Students will be able to recognize the different types of materials used for the different types of construction by sight and definition.  Students will be required to demonstrate working specification knowledge both in aerial and ground situations as well as installation, repair and removal of poles, conductors, guy assemblies, cross arms, and insulators.  They will also be introduced to the different sizes and types of overhead and underground conductors.  Basic line staking principles and National Electric Safety Code clearances will be included.  Prerequisite:  EDS 160 with a grade of “C” or better.  6 credit hours.

EDS 235  Electrical Utility Internship.  This will provide the student with a day-to-day knowledge of a working utility.  The student will be required to complete at least two written assignments and fill out the required forms provided by the instructor.  The instructor will check with the student on the jobsite to be sure that the requirements for the internship are being met.  This course will be completed between the first and second years of the Electrical Distribution Systems program.  Prerequisites:  EDS 115, EDS 125, and EDS 170, with a grade of “C” or better, first aid and CPR certifications, and instructor’s permission based on valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  8 credit hours.

EDS 238  Transformer Theory and Installation.  The student will gain a thorough knowledge of transformer theory and installation.  Single-phase and three-phase configurations with different types of connections will be included.  Other units covered will include over voltage and over current protection, equipment grounding, cutout protection, proper cover-up techniques, lightning arrestor application and installation, Rural Utility Service specifications, and pole framing.  Basic troubleshooting practices and current and potential transformers will also be included.  Prerequisites:  EDS 115, EDS 125, and EDS 170 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

EDS 241  Conductor Installation, Service, and Metering.  The student will gain extensive knowledge of single- and three-phase watt-hour meters; meter locations; and the different types of copper and aluminum conductors.  The student will also gain practical experience in the sizing, installation, stringing, sagging, dead-ending, and splicing of service conductors.  The student will also be exposed to the construction of meter loops and poles; instrument metering; temporary meter locations; compression sleeves; connectors and tools including strap hoists, chain hoists, sag charts and tables, pulling grips and mechanical jumpers.  Also included are disciplines on meter tampering, power theft, proper grounding techniques and safe work practices. Prerequisites:  EDS 238 and EDS 252 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

EDS 252  Rubber Gloving Techniques.  The student will obtain basic discipline in the methods of working on energized lines with rubber gloves and rubber sleeves from an insulated aerial platform in a safe and efficient manner. The student will be exposed to the care and well-being of soft and hard shell rubber goods and their application. The student will also receive instruction on personal protective equipment, hot-line tools, and live-line maintenance. The safe operation of aerial platforms and grounding practices will also be reviewed.  Prerequisites:  EDS 115, EDS 125, and EDS 170 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

EDS 259  Construction of Underground Electrical Systems.  The student will gain working knowledge of Underground Rural Distribution (URD) systems.  The student will receive practical experience in primary and secondary cables, installation of 200 and 600 amp elbows, splices, lightening arresters, and overhead terminations.  The installation of single- and three-phase padmount transformers will also be covered.  Safe work practice requirements for shoring and sloping trenches will be discussed.  Troubleshooting of primary and secondary cable fault locating and safe work practices and procedures may be covered.  Prerequisites:  EDS 238, EDS 252, and UST 155 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

EDS 272  Fusing, Substation, and Voltage Regulation Equipment.  The student will be introduced to the different types and methods of system coordination, substations, capacitors, voltage regulators and auto-boosters.  A working knowledge of oil reclosures, sectionalizers and the application of fuses will also be gained.  Practical experience will be gained in the grounding, inspection, maintenance and operation of basic substations.  The course will also introduce single- and three-phase pole mount reclosures, gang operated air break and load break switches, and substation fuses and reclosures.  Prerequisites:  EDS 238 and EDS 252 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

EDS 299  Special Topics in Electrical Distribution Systems.  Special Topics in Electrical Distribution Systems (EDS) may include instruction on topics not covered in other EDS courses.  Topics covered in other EDS courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.