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Electrical Power Distribution

Electrical Power Distribution

  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-413-2
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • First-Line Supervisors
  • Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
  • Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

If you enjoy working outdoors and like solving problems with both your head and your hands, the Electrical Power Distribution Program might be a good match for you. Graduates of this program are helping to keep our country's electrical distribution network in good working order and expanding the network to provide better service.

The program includes instruction in the fundamentals of electrical theory. Through classroom and outdoor lab activities you'll learn the skills you need to succeed in this career area:

  • Operate line equipment
  • Climb distribution and transmission structures
  • Build and maintain overhead and underground power lines
  • Install transformers, capacitors, and KWH meters
  • Tie rope knots and make rope splices
  • Perform hotline maintenance

You'll learn how to use protective equipment such as fuses, circuit breakers, and lightning arrestors. You'll operate hydraulic equipment such as aerial lift trucks, digger/derrick trucks, and trencher/backhoes. You'll receive training in performing first aid, CPR, and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). And since you'll need a commercial driver's license to haul equipment, a three-credit Class "A" CDL course is included in the program.

To succeed, you'll need good reading and math skills. As a student, you'll be subject to random controlled substance and alcohol testing. As an employee, you'll need a good driving record.

It's a rewarding, challenging career area. This could be the educational program you're looking for!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 35
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 62 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 25 (only used for course placement)
ACT Composite Score: 18 or higher

Admission Process Complete

Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

Additional Requirements

Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical/Physical Requirement form.

Results of controlled substance testing must be submitted before starting classes.

Verification of valid driver's license

  • Applicant must possess a valid driver's license through the duration of the program.
  • CVTC will periodically check with the student to verify if she/he possesses a valid license.
  • Once enrolled in the program, the student is responsible for informing the instructor on the next school day if a loss of license occurs.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.