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C266
Electrical Distribution Systems (EDS)
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Program Overview:
The Electrical Distribution Systems certificate program prepares individuals to build, repair, and maintain electrical distribution systems, overhead and underground, use safe practices, first aid, and perform pole top rescue.

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Semester 1
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EDS 1201
Electrical Distribution Systems
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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. PREREQUISITE: Students must be accepted into the EDS Program to be eligible.

EDS 1202
Safety and Accident Prevention
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The student will gain knowledge of the hazards associated with electrical distribution systems. The pupil will be able to demonstrate the proper climbing techniques, Safety Rules and Safe Work Practices from the American Public Power Association Safety Manual, and successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. The student will learn OSHA rules and regulations associated with this industry, reporting and the penalties that pertain to these regulations.

EDS 1203
Climbing Skills
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The student will gain knowledge of the proper care of climbing tools and the mastering of climbing wood structures. Upon completion of this course the student will also be able to determine the proper aspects of pole inspection and recognize the hazards of climbing. Successful completion of timed pole top rescue in two different methods. An introduction to aerial pole framing is included. PREREQUISITE: EDS 1202 Safety and Accident Prevention.

EDS 1204
Pole Framing and Const. Specs.
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This will give the student a working knowledge of the REA 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. The student will be able to recognize the different types of materials used for the different types of construction by sight and definition. The student will be required to demonstrate working specification knowledge both in an aerial and a ground situation as well as installation and repair of conductors, guy assemblies, cross arms, and insulators. They will also be introduced to the different size and types of overhead and underground conductors. Basic line staking principles and NESC clearances will be included. PREREQUISITE: EDS 1202 Safety and Accident Prevention.

EDS 1205
Equipment Operation
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This course provides classroom instruction and actual truck driving experience intended to enable the student to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License. The student will also learn the various operations of different digger/derrick and bucket/basket aerial platform trucks used in the construction of electrical distribution systems. This section 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 equipment. PREREQUISITE: EDS 1202 Safety and Accident Prevention.

EDS 1206
Setting and Replacing Poles
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The student will learn the basic principles in setting and replacing poles. There will be an emphasis on the proper use of cover-up material and vehicle grounding practices while the electric lines are energized. Temporary pole supports, rigging and worksite hazard protection will also be recognized. PREREQUISITE: EDS 1202 Safety and Accident Prevention.

Term Total
15
Semester 2
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EDS 2201
Transformer Theory and Install.
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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, lighting arrestor application and installation, REA specifications and pole framing. Basic troubleshooting practices and current and potential transformers will also be included. PREREQUISITES: EDS 1203 Climbing Skills, EDS 1204 Pole Framing and Const. Specs., EDS 1205 Equipment Operation, and EDS 1206 Setting and Replacing Poles.

EDS 2202
Conductor Install, Serv. & Meter
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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 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 1203 Climbing Skills, EDS 1204 Pole Framing and Const. Specs., EDS 1205 Equipment Operation, and EDS 1206 Setting and Replacing Poles.

EDS 2203
Rubber Glov. & Undergrnd. Distrib.
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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. Students will be exposed to the care and well-being of soft and hard shell rubber goods and their application. Students will also receive instruction on personal protective equipment, hot-line tools, live-line maintenance and review the safe operation of aerial platforms and grounding practices. Additionally, the student will gain working knowledge of URD systems. Students will receive practical experience in the direct burial of primary and secondary cables, installation of 200 and 600 amp elbows, splices, lightening arrestors and overhead terminations. The installation will also be covered. The requirements of shoring and sloping of trenches required by the safe work practices will be used in practical experience. Troubleshooting of primary and secondary cable fault locating, review of backhoe/trencher operation and safe work practices and procedures are also covered. PREREQUISITES: EDS 1203 Climbing Skills, EDS 1204 Pole Framing and Const. Specs., EDS 1205 Equipment Operation, and EDS 1206 Setting and Replacing Poles.

EDS 2204
Fusing, Substation & Volt. Reg.
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The student will be familiarized with 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 in the grounding, inspection, maintenance and operation of basic substations will be expanded. The student will learn to install and operate single- and three-phase pole mount reclosures, gang operated air break and load break switches and substation fuses and reclosures. This course will also cover SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), the operation of high side switches, power transformers, buswork and transfer switches, and voltage regulators within the substation. PREREQUISITES: EDS 1203 Climbing Skills, EDS 1204 Pole Framing and Const. Specs., EDS 1205 Equipment Operation, and EDS 1206 Setting and Replacing Poles.

Term Total
16
Program Total
31


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