Electrician - Industrial (Apprenticeship)

Program description

This 840-hour program, consisting of one 240-hour level and two 300-hour levels, is designed to provide you with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of the industrial electrical trade as well as practical training necessary to complement your on-the-job training experience.

Program details

Code: 1051
Delivery: Apprenticeship
Length: 840 hours
Start: Varies
Campus: Kitchener � Doon
Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program contacts


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Trades & Apprenticeship

Fees & payment

  • Fees are set by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
  • Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional. For details, visit Orientation & support.
  • Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Awards & scholarships

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Courses

Level 1

Course Details

Prints (Level 1)
DRWG1720

Description:

This course provides the student with skills necessary to read construction and electrical drawings with confidence and accuracy. The student will study: the ‘alphabet of lines’, metric and imperial scales and convert between them, information from architectural and structural and mechanical drawings and apply them to electrical installations, general and specific project specifications, panel schematics and material take-offs for a single-dwelling.

  • Hours: 32
  • Credits: 2
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Electronics (Level 1)
ELCN1015

Description:

In this course, the student will cover the fundamental principle of operation of diodes, transistors, truth tables for logic gates, numbering systems, semiconductor materials, as well as analyze circuits connected in series and/or parallel configurations.

  • Hours: 40
  • Credits: 3
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Canadian Electrical Code (Level 1)
ELEC1010

Description:

In this course, the student will examine and interpret the Rules and Regulations of the C.E.C. as they pertain to electrical installation. The topics covered include: general requirements of the C.E.C., calculating conductor ampacity including free air (both above and underground installations), grounding and bonding, wiring methods, Class 1 and 2 circuits, wiring in residential occupancies, residential service calculations, wiring for pools and temporary installations.

  • Hours: 32
  • Credits: 2
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Electrical Theory (Level 1)
ELEC1020

Description:

This course is a comprehensive overview of electrical fundamentals. Electron theory, voltage, current, and resistance as well as electrical and mechanical energy are studied. The student will solve calculations for series, parallel, and combination DC circuits using Ohm’s and Kirchoff’s Laws. An introduction to magnetism and its relationship to EMF is also covered in this subject.

  • Hours: 64
  • Credits: 4
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Installation Methods (Level 1)
ELEC1040

Description:

In this course, the student will connect and install typical equipment and associated wiring found in residential construction. The student will bend and install various raceways, develop schematic circuits and lay-out diagrams, ensuring installations conform to the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), as well as professional trade practices.

  • Hours: 48
  • Credits: 3
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Instrumentation (Level 1)
INST1030

Description:

Students will study common terms and fundamental applications of Instrumentation and Process Control Systems. Students will work with the SI and Imperial System of measurement using various types of meters, scales and sensors. Examination of instrumentation symbols is also covered, as well as basic process control and instrumentation diagrams for pressure and temperature devices.

  • Hours: 24
  • Credits: 2
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Level 2

Course Details

Prints (Level 2)
DRWG2090

Description:

This course will use a full set of construction prints and specifications to determine: site features; methods of construction; the electrical characteristics and layout of mechanical equipment and systems, and the layout of various electrical service equipment and lighting equipment. The student will use prints and the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) to determine proper sizing of raceways and conductors for various branch circuit installations, and will prepare as-build drawings, develop basic single-line, schematic and wiring diagrams.

  • Hours: 30
  • Credits: 2
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Electronics (Level 2)
ELCN2030

Description:

Students will use oscilloscopes to test circuits, describe and demonstrate half and full wave rectification, connect capacitors and inductors to filter power supply outputs, study the characteristics of diodes, diacs and triacs, as well as field-effect transistors (FETs) and Op Amps in this course. This course is a combination of theoretical and practical learning.

  • Hours: 40
  • Credits: 3
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Monitoring & Communication Systems (Level 2)
ELCN2050

Description:

This practical course calls upon the student to develop, connect, and troubleshoot various types of building systems such as intrusion, automation, and communication systems, with an emphasis on fire alarms and associated equipment and theory of operation.

  • Hours: 30
  • Credits: 2
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Trade Theory (Level 2)
ELEC2020

Description:

This course examines magnetism including associated laws and calculations. The theories of magnetism are then applied to gain an understanding of both DC machines and AC induction motors. The fundamentals of AC theory are also covered from the development of a sine wave to current and voltage relationship in resistive, inductive and capacitive circuits.

  • Hours: 80
  • Credits: 5
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Canadian Electrical Code (Level 2)
ELEC2100

Description:

The student will interpret the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requirements pertaining to the installations for: interior and exterior lighting systems; fire alarms and fire pumps; emergency systems, unit equipment and exit signs; fuses, circuit breakers and equipment ratings; equipment in hazardous locations, motor circuit calculations, as well as requirements for continuous and non-continuous loads, and determine minimum ampacities of conductors and overcurrent devices for apartments and similar buildings.

  • Hours: 40
  • Credits: 3
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Installation Methods (Motors) (Level 2)
ELEC2110

Description:

This hands-on course focuses on various DC, single phase AC, and 3-phase AC motors and controls. The student will connect, test, and develop diagrams for various equipment and motor circuits.

  • Hours: 40
  • Credits: 3
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Instrumentation (Level 2)
INST2040

Description:

This course examines the operation of various level and flow sensing instruments and associated measuring devices. Basic process control and instrumentation diagrams are developed and studied using standard ISA instrumentation symbols. This course is a combination of theoretical and practical learning.

  • Hours: 40
  • Credits: 3
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Level 3

Course Details

Electronics (Level 3)
ELCN3010

Description:

In this course, the student will be provided with a combination of theoretical and hands-on learning environments. Students will study rectification, DC Motor Drives, AC Motor Drives, Open and Closed Loop Speed Control Systems, and SCR speed controllers and their application and effects in various types of DC and AC systems – as well as describe the operation of encoders, resolvers, and tachogenerators as feedback devices.

  • Hours: 60
  • Credits: 4
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Trade Theory (Level 3)
ELEC3020

Description:

Students will study the characteristics of various types of three-phase systems, including Wye, Delta, and Open Delta, and compare them to single phase systems. Students will determine and calculate voltage, current, and power in 3-phase series and parallel RCL circuits, as well as study the effects of power factor in these circuits.Many types of AC motor and generator characteristics are studied, as well as different types of transformers and their applications.

  • Hours: 60
  • Credits: 4
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Installation Methods (Level 3)
ELEC3030

Description:

This practical course is divided into two equally divided sections: Transformers and Motors, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). The transformer portion calls upon the student to determine, describe, develop and connect various types of single-phase and three-phase transformer configurations and loads connected in various configurations. The PLC portion of the course exposes the student to the programming and application of a PLC. Students will demonstrate the ability to input and troubleshoot various functions used in PLC language and address requirements including: common relays, timers, counters and mathematics functions. Students will also demonstrate the ability to test PLC inputs and outputs, as well as identify methods of hard wiring PLCs to equipment.

  • Hours: 80
  • Credits: 5
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Canadian Electrical Code (Level 3)
ELEC3120

Description:

Students will find and interpret CEC requirements pertaining to various types of: motor branch circuits and feeders, power and distribution transformer installation requirements, capacitor installations, welder circuits, as well as other types of installations pertaining to commercial and industrial applications. The students must properly size conductors for feeders and branch circuits, raceways for the conductors, bonding and grounding requirements, as well as proper over current device sizes and associated equipment.

  • Hours: 30
  • Credits: 2
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Fluid Power (Level 3)
IFME3030

Description:

In this course, students will study Pascal’s and Bernoulli’s Laws; calculate values between pressure, force, area, horsepower, and flow rate; as well as study the operation of hydraulic systems using circuit drawings. Students will describe and demonstrate the use of various types of fluids and components within an entire operating system.

  • Hours: 30
  • Credits: 2
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Instrumentation (Level 3)
INST3010

Description:

This course is equally divided into practical and theoretical learning. The students will be called upon to use, list, explain and describe the operation of various types of instrumentation equipment. Air supplies, pneumatic systems and controls, and calibration are studied, as well as the basic elements of a control system, as well as general categories of automatic control and shielded cable in instrumentation systems. The student will also be called upon to revise and explain control loops on instrumentation drawings; as well as work with and study a number of other instrumentation devices and applications.

  • Hours: 40
  • Credits: 3
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Program outcomes

  1. Explain the object, scope and layout of the Canadian Electrical Code (C.E.C.) Part I.
  2. Locate and interpret C.E.C. regulations pertaining to residential, commercial and industrial installations.
  3. Determine accurate sizing of electrical systems, circuits and equipment from the C.E.C. to ensure a safe installation.
  4. Read and interpret drawings, plans and specifications for residential, commercial and industrial projects ensuring adherence to applicable codes and regulations.
  5. Solve job site problems from drawing, plans, specifications and applicable codes.
  6. Interpret drawings, plans and specifications for the purpose of estimating and installation.
  7. Calculate voltage, current, resistance and power in D.C. and A.C. circuits by applying various laws and rules.
  8. Solve magnetic circuit problems by applying various laws and rules.
  9. Explain the principle of operation of motors, generators, transformers and other electrical equipment.
  10. Determine values and relationship in single phase and three phase A.C. circuits.
  11. Select and install various wiring methods and electrical equipment.
  12. Connect and test motors and motor control equipment including magnetic motor starters and P.L.C.s.
  13. Install common fire alarm, communication and building automation systems.
  14. Connect and test various transformer configurations.
  15. Identify, select and use test equipment to determine the operating conditions of circuits and equipment.
  16. Identify the terminology used in control instrumentation.
  17. Select and test instrumentation devices used for the measurement and control of temperature, pressure, flow, level, position and force.
  18. Connect and test analogue electronic circuits.
  19. Connect and test digital electronic circuits.
  20. Select, install, program, tune, test and maintain variable speed motor drives for both D.C. and A.C. motors.
  21. Explain basic hydraulic principles, laws and rules.
  22. Connect and troubleshoot hydraulic
  23. Solve problems associated with motion control systems using electrical, pneumatics and hydraulics systems and P.L.C. controllers.
  24. Explain the principles and applications of fibre optic and data communication cables.

Program handbook

Program handbook

Graduate opportunities

Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls and hydraulic and pneumatic systems in industrial, manufacturing, and power plants.

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