The Electric Distribution Engineering Technology Program

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NewRiver_electricThe Certificate of Applied Science in Electric Distribution Engineering Technology (EDET), formerly called Line Service Mechanic program, provides the technical skills that are applicable to a wide variety of career opportunities within organizations such as electric, cable and telephone companies, construction, subcontractors, railroad, municipalities, and the oil and gas industry.

EDETThe program is designed for applicants who have a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and the ability to pass a physical examination including drug screening. This 900 clock hour (30 credit hour) program combines academic instruction on the technology fueling today’s utility industries with hands-on laboratories, such as pole training areas and equipment labs to ensure the students are prepared for the job on day one.

Upon completion of the EDET program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Explain the proper use of safety equipment and safe practices associated with the special hazards of powerline work.
  • Demonstrate how to safely inspect and climb utility structures.
  • Explain how electric power is distributed from generation to customers.
  • Demonstrate appropriate driving and setup operations and emergency procedures associated with using diggers, derricks, bucket trucks, trenching equipment, backhoe/loaders, and drilling equipment.
  • Store, load, transport and install wooden utility poles.
    Safely install equipment on the utility pole including cross-arms, transformers, and conductors.
  • Explain how to effectively test and troubleshoot electrical circuits.
  • Explain how to select and use rigging equipment.
  • Describe grounding, bonding, and how to calculate voltage, current and resistance values in series, parallel and combination DC circuits using Ohm’s law.

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After Bachelor’s Degree, Returning to New River CTC for EDET Certificate

Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett

After receiving his degree in Biology and Pre-Medicine, Matt Bennett found himself unsatisfied with his job opportunities.

He wanted to find a career in which he could be outdoors and make a high wage. He then began his pursuit of the Electric Distribution Engineering Technology (EDET) Certificate of Applied Science and graduated in May 2014.

Matt currently works as an Apprentice Lineman for Davis H. Elliot Company, Inc., and is loving it.

He contributes his academic success to New River CTC’s outstanding EDET instructors:

“The knowledge and experience that Mike (King) and James (Jones) bring to the program is so important. It is easy to see the passion and dedication that the instructors have in the material they teach and for the overall learning of the student.  The contacts that they have established in the industry increases the likelihood of getting students’ jobs,” Bennett said.

Mike D. King, visiting instructional specialist, is a lifelong resident of Montgomery, W.Va. He is retired from a major electric utility company and has over 44 years experience in the utility field. His job covered many aspects of the electrical industry, and he is a frequent team member for developing safety and training programs for the industry. King also serves as President for the Appalachian Energy and Environment Partnership and as board member of the Upper Kanawha Development Council. Mike is Stream Restoration Chair of the Morris Creek Watershed and works closely with Concord University, Marshall University, WVU Tech, Dartmouth College, and other academic institutions to provide Energy and Environment Educational Tours.

James L. Jones, line service program assistant, is a lifelong resident of Beckley, W.Va. He is retired from a major electric utility company and has over 33 years of experience in the utility field. His job covered many aspects of the electrical industry, and he was a frequent team member for developing safety and training programs for the industry. James was a frequent instructor at the American Electric Power line training school in Marmet, W.Va. James has many training certificates to his credit over his career. He also studied at Beckley College in mining technology.

Matt said he plans to continue working in the industry and hopes to one day return to the classroom to teach other newcomers like he himself once was about the field of Electric Distribution Engineering Technology.

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