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February 11, 2022 4:13 PM

Vehicle donation supports powerline technician training

Energy+ has donated a single-bucket truck to Conestoga’s Powerline Technician program to enhance the college’s fleet of training vehicles. Representatives from the utility’s operations team presented the vehicle to students and faculty at the college’s Ingersoll Skills Training Centre on February 9.

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Representatives from Energy+ presented a Freightliner material handler bucket truck to students and faculty in Conestoga’s Powerline Technician program at the college’s Ingersoll Skills Training Centre on February 9.

“We are proud to have many graduates of Conestoga’s Powerline Technician program working at our utility today,” said Ian Miles, president and CEO of Energy+ Inc. “We see the outstanding value in the program and are happy to contribute to the learning process for the next generation of Powerline Technicians, which is critical for the future of our industry.”

The truck -- a Freightliner material handler with a working height of 50 feet -- was donated as a result of the utility’s practice of replacing older vehicles no longer commercially useable. Access to a vehicle of this type and size will benefit students by providing an opportunity to gain practical experience.

“Through this amazing donation by Energy+ we can continue to enhance the learning experience, providing students in the Powerline Technician program with valuable, hands-on learning, and furthering program excellence leading to graduate and community success,” said Angelo Cosco, chair, School of Trades & Apprenticeship. “We are very proud of our partnership and greatly appreciate this donation and continued support from Energy+ as we continue to provide well-trained students and apprentices to the powerline sector.”

The donation is part of a broader relationship with Energy+, which includes co-op and summer student opportunities in various departments, as well as student financial support through Academic Excellence Awards presented annually to Energy System Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology students.

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Offered at the college’s Ingersoll Skills Training Centre, the Powerline Technician program prepares students for all facets of powerline and related occupations. Students learn skills to construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground power systems, including powerlines, communication networks and electrical power systems.

Conestoga is a provincial leader in the delivery of trades and apprenticeship training to serve industry needs and the growing community. Comprehensive programming includes a wide range of post-secondary trades programs that provide pathways to employment in skilled trades careers as well as pre-apprenticeship training and in-school training for apprentices.

For more information, visit the School of Trades and Apprenticeship.