Electrical Technician - Industrial (Optional Co-op)

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Courses - September 2022

Level 1

Course Details

College Reading & Writing Skills
COMM1085

Description:

This course introduces students to the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse a variety of texts and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising to produce writing that meets the expectations of selected audiences and purposes. The course prepares students for college-level writing tasks, research, and documentation by asking them to produce clear, informed, and purposeful documents relevant to both academic and professional contexts.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electronics 1
ELCN1060

Description:

In this course the student will cover the theory and principles of operation of various electronic devices and semiconductor materials. Students will develop, assemble, analyze, measure and troubleshoot circuits using a variety of test equipment. The role of electronic circuits in the electrical industry and common circuit arrangements will be examined.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Prints and Standards I
ELEC1060

Description:

In this course the student will examine and interpret the Rules and Regulations of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) as they pertain to a basic electrical installation. The general layout and navigation methods of the CEC are examined. Emphasis is directed to the interpretation, intent, and rationale of the general sections of the CEC as required in residential installations. This course will assist the student in developing the skills necessary to read construction and electrical drawings for a single-family dwelling.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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DC Fundamentals
ELEC1340

Description:

This course will provide the student with a comprehensive overview of electrical fundamentals. Electron theory, voltage, current, and resistance are studied as well as electrical and mechanical energy. The student will solve mathematical problems for series, parallel, and combination direct current (DC) circuits using Ohm's and Kirchhoff's Laws. Students will analyze common methods of producing electricity including renewable and clean energy sources.  This course examines magnetism including associated laws and calculations. The theories of magnetism are applied to further the students' understanding of DC generators and motors.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Residential Installations
ELEC1355

Description:

In this course the student will connect and install typical equipment and associated branch circuit wiring found in residential construction. The student will be required to develop electrical diagrams and ensure the installations conform to the Canadian Electrical Code and professional trade practices.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Signal Shop
ELEC1385

Description:

In this practical course calls upon the students to develop, connect and troubleshoot various types of electrical control circuits, with an emphasis on the operation of pilot devices and control relays. The student will be required to develop schematic and wiring diagrams to trade standards.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Level 2

Course Details

Co-op and Career Preparation
CEPR1020

Description:

This series of modules will prepare students for job searching for their co-op work terms with the guidance of a Coop Advisor. Students will familiarize themselves with the co-operative education policies and procedures and will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace regarding social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues while developing an awareness of self-reflective practices. Students will reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and examine available opportunities in the workplace. Successful completion of these modules is a requirement for co-op eligibility.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Prints and Standards II
ELEC1365

Description:

Building on the content covered in Prints & Standards I, the student will further examine and interpret the rules of the Canadian Electrical Code as they pertain to electrical installations. Through the use of sample scenarios, the student is provided the opportunity to gather, interpret and transpose information from a variety of resources including specifications, blueprints, layouts and site requirements in order to facilitate an efficiently run project.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC1060
  • CoRequisites:

AC Fundamentals
ELEC1375

Description:

In this course the student will study the fundamentals of alternating current (AC) theory beginning with the development of a sine wave to current, voltage, and power relationships. The student will analyze the operation and control of AC devices including motors and generators such as wind turbines. Characteristics of resistance, inductance and capacitance and their effects on AC circuitry will be examined. Single-phase induction machines are studied along with their associated control devices with respect to operating characteristics.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC1340
  • CoRequisites:

Wiring Methods
ELEC1695

Description:

This practical hands-on course will provide the student with the ability to apply proper installation techniques for various types of cables, conduits, raceways, ducts, and tubing used in residential, commercial, and industrial environments. The student will apply proper tool use and wiring techniques to ensure proper mechanical and electrical continuity is maintained throughout each installation and the installation is compliant to all applicable codes.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC1350 OR ELEC1355
  • CoRequisites:

DC Motor Lab
ELEC1900

Description:

This course is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to examine the operating characteristics of direct current (DC) machinery, circuits and associated apparatus. The student will be expected to test, measure and troubleshoot DC circuits and explain the results/operation to an acceptable trade standard. Students will apply common trade practices and Canadian Electrical Code rules to set up, connect and test DC equipment.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC1385
  • CoRequisites:

Instrumentation I
INST1050

Description:

In this course students will study the application of instrumentation and process control systems as it relates to the electrical trades. Control systems using temperature, pressure, level and flow measurements will be explored using various measurement devices. Students will work with SI and Imperial measurement systems, develop simple instrumentation diagrams and interpret manufacturers' documentation.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 3

Course Details

Co-op Work Term I (Electrical Technician - Industrial)
COOP2325

Description:

This co-op work term will provide students with college-approved work experience in an authentic, professionally relevant work environment. Students will be provided the opportunity to connect theory and practice by leveraging their academic training to develop a broad base of vocational skills. The practical applications of this work term will promote students’ awareness of key concepts and terminology in their field, cultivate their problem-solving and decision-making capabilities, encourage their development of professional autonomy and collaboration, and enhance their capacity to analyze and reflect on their demonstrated abilities in the workplace.

  • Hours: 420
  • Credits: 14
  • Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020 OR CEPR1020
  • CoRequisites:

Level 4

Course Details

Co-op Work Term II (Electrical Technician - Industrial)
COOP2335

Description:

This co-op work term will provide students with college-approved work experience in an authentic, professionally relevant work environment. Students will be provided the opportunity to connect theory and practice by leveraging their academic training to develop a broad base of vocational skills. The practical applications of this work term will promote students’ awareness of key concepts and terminology in their field, cultivate their problem-solving and decision-making capabilities, encourage their development of professional autonomy and collaboration, and enhance their capacity to analyze and reflect on their demonstrated abilities in the workplace.

  • Hours: 420
  • Credits: 14
  • Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020 OR CEPR1020
  • CoRequisites:

Level 5

Course Details

AC Motor Lab
ELEC1393

Description:

The Alternating Current (AC) Motor Lab course combines the practical applications of motor operation and control with the supporting theoretical analysis of these circuits. Students will interpret schematic diagrams in order to design, construct, operate, and revise a variety of common control circuits used in industry. Emphasis is given to the application of professional and industry standards with respect to diagram preparation and wiring techniques. Students are required to record voltage and amperage readings and compare theoretical to actual values.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC1900
  • CoRequisites:

Prints and Standards III
ELEC2300

Description:

In this course the student will examine and interpret the rules and regulations of the Canadian Electrical Code as they pertain to service, feeder and branch circuits in commercial applications. Procedures to determine proper conductor, raceway, and equipment installation for commercial applications are identified and examined. A set of construction prints and specifications will be used to determine: site features, methods of construction, layout of equipment, and determine the electrical characteristics of mechanical, power distribution, and lighting equipment.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC1365
  • CoRequisites:

AC Power
ELEC2310

Description:

The students will study the fundamentals of alternating current (AC) theory such as the development of the sine wave as well as current and voltage relationships in resistive, inductive and capacitive circuits. Students will study circuits with respect to power factor and common methods used in industry to apply proper power factor correction techniques in single phase circuits. The construction, design, and principles of operation of induction motors and single phase transformers will also be studied and supported with typical ratio, power, and efficiency calculations.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC1375
  • CoRequisites:

Commercial Circuits
ELEC3185

Description:

In this practical course the student is required to install, connect, and troubleshoot various types of building systems such as security, automation, and communication systems, with an emphasis on fire alarms and associated equipment and theory of operation. The student will demonstrate the ability to develop schematic and wiring diagrams from material data sheets and manufacturers' literature.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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PLC
ELEC3190

Description:

This course exposes the student to the programming and application of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). Students will demonstrate the ability to input and troubleshoot various functions used in PLC language and addressing requirements including: common relays, timers, counters, and other functions. Students will also demonstrate the ability to test PLC inputs and outputs, as well as identify methods of hard wiring PLC’s to equipment.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 6

Course Details

Co-op Work Term III (Electrical Technician - Industrial)
COOP2345

Description:

This co-op work term will provide students with college-approved work experience in an authentic, professionally relevant work environment. Students will be provided the opportunity to connect theory and practice by leveraging their academic training to develop a broad base of vocational skills. The practical applications of this work term will promote students’ awareness of key concepts and terminology in their field, cultivate their problem-solving and decision-making capabilities, encourage their development of professional autonomy and collaboration, and enhance their capacity to analyze and reflect on their demonstrated abilities in the workplace.

  • Hours: 420
  • Credits: 14
  • Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020 OR CEPR1020
  • CoRequisites:

Level 7

Course Details

Prints and Standards IV
ELEC2320

Description:

Students will examine and interpret Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requirements pertaining to commercial and light industrial installations, including common mechanical and electrical equipment associated with industrial facilities. The student will also develop single line, schematic, ladder, layout, and wiring diagrams for various single phase and three phase systems based on the CEC and project drawings and specifications. Students will examine and interpret CEC requirements for power distribution and installation of medium voltage distribution equipment.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC2300
  • CoRequisites:

3 Phase Power
ELEC2330

Description:

In this course 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 resistive-capacitive-inductive (RCL) circuits, as well as the effects of power factor in these circuits. The construction, design, and principles of operation on various types of transformers, synchronous machines, and alternators are also studied in this course. Alternative energy sources will be reviewed and sized in accordance with industry standards.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC2310
  • CoRequisites:

Transformers
ELEC2345

Description:

In this course the student will identify and connect various types of single-phase and three-phase transformer configurations to feed various types of circuits, and will determine and test for transformer polarity to correctly connect transformer windings in series and parallel. Single-phase transformers will be connected into common types of three-phase transformer banks. Loads will be connected in different single phase and three phase configurations both series and parallel. The student will measure current and voltage in specific areas in circuits to determine other values such as power, percent loading, and efficiency; and will also abide by all Canadian Electrical Code rules as well as proper safety procedures.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites: ELEC2310
  • CoRequisites:

Automation Principles
ELEC2355

Description:

This project based course will use a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) or a Smart Relay as the hub of various devices used in industrial automation. Students will incorporate the use of various types of field devices, process control techniques, as well as variable frequency drives (VFD's) to control three-phase induction motors. Students will develop PLC programs using a variety of manufacturers and languages such as ladder logic and function block. Various types of communication between components will also be studied in this course. The students will incorporate a variety of industrial automation concepts into a larger scale project that will utilize these components and concepts into a practical, relevant, and working application.

  • Hours: 112
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites: ELCN1060 AND ELEC1393 AND ELEC1395 OR ELEC1397 OR ELEC1900 AND ELEC2300 AND ELEC2310 AND ELEC3180 OR ELEC3185 AND ELEC3190 AND INST1050
  • CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program outcomes

  1. Interpret and produce electrical and electronics drawings including other related documents and graphics.
  2. Analyze and solve routine technical problems related to electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles.
  3. Use, verify, and maintain instrumentation equipment and systems.
  4. Assemble, test, modify and maintain electrical circuits and equipment to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  5. Install and troubleshoot static and rotating electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  6. Verify acceptable functionality and apply troubleshooting techniques for electrical and electronic circuits, components, equipment, and systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  7. Analyze, assemble and troubleshoot control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  8. Use computer skills and tools to solve routine electrical related problems.
  9. Assist in creating and conducting quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.
  10. Prepare and maintain records and documentation systems.
  11. Install, test and troubleshoot telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  12. Apply health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces.
  13. Perform tasks in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and ethical principles.
  14. Configure installation and apply electrical cabling requirements and system grounding and bonding requirements for a variety of applications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  15. Assist in commissioning, testing and troubleshooting electrical power systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  16. Select electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  17. Apply project management principles to assist in the implementation of projects.