TAEL-290: High Voltage Power Distribution

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Electrical
Course Number
Course Title
High Voltage Power Distribution
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ELEC-103 or ENT-103 or TAEL-103 or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Covers the generation, transmission, and distribution of primary electrical power. Includes underground and overhead distribution systems, types of wire and cables, switching equipment, protective devices, test equipment, personal safety items, OSHA safety rules, and methods of providing protection when working on de-energized electrical equipment.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Overview - high voltage power.
  2. OSHA safety rules & personal safety equipment.
  3. Generation and transmission of power.
  4. Substations.
  5. Substation equipment and maintenance.
  6. Overhead lines.
  7. Underground distribution.
  8. High voltage test equipment.
  9. High voltage rubber safety equipment.
  10. Electrical print reading and documentation.
  11. Switching, tagging, and documentation.
  12. Troubleshooting - isolation and correction of faults.
  13. Ground faults - identification and isolation.
  14. Review - OSHA safety requirements.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Explain the concepts of electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution.
  2. Explain OSHA high voltage safety procedures and identify high voltage safety equipment.
  3. Explain the function of a substation.
  4. Identify substation equipment and explain substation maintenance procedures.
  5. Explain how power is distributed using overhead lines.
  6. Explain how power is distributed using underground cables.
  7. Identify high voltage electrical test equipment and explain the proper use of this equipment.*
  8. Read an electrical print.*
  9. Explain the concepts of lock-out, switching, and tagging, and the proper documentation needed when working on high voltage equipment.*
  10. Identify common electrical faults, and explain how they can be isolated utilizing appropriate test equipment.*
  11. Identify ground faults and explain how they can be isolated.
  12. Generate a flow chart illustrating troubleshooting methodology.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Tests will be given throughout the semester. Tests represent 75% of the course grade. A final exam will be given which will represent 25% of the course grade.


Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date