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Gainful Employment Program
Gainful employment programs are those "that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Public institutions are required to disclose certain information for all programs that are Title IV eligible and that lead to certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates or specialist awards. Degree programs at all levels are not considered to be gainful employment programs.
At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate proficiency in climbing skills.
Explain basic electrical principles.
Explain the power grid and power delivery system.
Demonstrate skills in overhead/underground line construction according to Rural Electrification Administration (REA) standards.
Demonstrate competence in transformer connections and three-phase banks.
Explain transformer connections and construct transformer banks.
Explain the purpose and operation of substations (3 phase breakers, OCRs, primary metering using CTs and PTs, voltage regulators), all in an AC circuit.
Apply basic single phase and three phase metering.
Demonstrate competency in the use and application of Ohm's Law.
Develop safe work habits and an understanding of power line safety guidelines and principles in accordance with the American Public Power Association.
Demonstrate safe and efficient operation of utility service vehicles (digger derrick and bucket truck).
Identify and utilize proper protective equipment.
Identify and utilize proper protective grounding equipment.
Explain and apply Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations for power line workers.
Check out the Power Line 2012-13 Assessment Review for information on how this program assures that its students are attaining learning outcomes.