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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, both overhead and underground. Safe practices, first aid, and pole top rescue are covered as well.

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Semester 1
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SP2020
AGR 1215
Ag Chem Applicator
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This course is designed to teach the theory and techniques of operation of large chemical applicator equipment as found in the Ag Business Industry. Topics include computer controlled applicators, global position sensing, geographical information system, field mapping, etc.

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 on 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
15.5
Semester 2
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EDS 1210
Flagging and Traffic Control
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This course is designed to train flaggers to provide safe passage of traffic and heavy equipment vehicles through and around work areas. Students will learn to minimize confusion and improve safety by practicing and using standard flagging procedures. At the end of this course, students will sit for the National Safety Council Flagger Certification Exam.

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.

GEN 2297
Employment Skills
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This course prepares the student for job interviews, job placement, and employment. Verbal and written communication skills are implemented through assigned reports. Topics of discussion and debate range from securing and keeping a job to individual attitudes, work habits, work ethics, and interviewing skills. The student will be required to prepare a written resume and to apply communication skills in practical situations.

Term Total
17.5
Semester 3
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TRK 1201
Truck Driving I
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This is a practical course in semi-truck and trailer operation to enable the student to satisfactorily start, move, road test, and diagnose the truck trailer combination. The student will successfully complete the State of Illinois written and driving exam to the standards of the Secretary of State. This class will teach students federal rules and regulations that govern interstate travel for trucks and also the Department of Transportation log book. The student will advance from class entry skills to competent skills in areas such as night driving, defensive driving, and specific road hazards under a variety of load conditions. Students will learn about additional licenses and permits within the industry.

Term Total
7
Program Total
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