Electrical Techniques

About the Program

Now is the time to consider a career in the electrical trades. Contractors and industry are always looking for people with solid foundational skills.

The electrical trades offer a rewarding, fast-paced career; one in which you can play an essential role as a team member with an electrical contractor or within a manufacturing facility working with innovative technology. If you love working with your hands and are a creative problem solver, this program is for you. Electrical Techniques is a two semester Ontario College Certificate program which will teach you how electricity works, how to interpret code rules, read blueprints, and how electronics are used in today's high tech world. The faculty are licensed electricians and they will instruct you in dedicated electrical shops. Small class sizes and availability of equipment for everyone enable you to spend significant time with tools in your hands learning the skills that will make the difference in your career.

The Electrical Techniques program includes academic upgrading, opening doors for you if you decide to continue your education at Conestoga College. You could choose to apply any School of Trades programs or apply to the second semester of the Electrical Technician diploma program. The Electrical Techniques program is a great choice if you want to explore the career opportunities that the skilled trades have to offer, get job ready skills or pursue a new found passion for electrical technology.

For more information please contact our Student Recruitment staff at trades@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Brantford - September/2020 - Fall | Winter
         Waterloo - January/2021 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Waterloo and Brantford Airport
Start: September (Brantford Airport) and January (Waterloo)
First-Year Capacity: 30 (Brantford Airport), 32 (Waterloo)

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2019-2020 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for Electrical Techniques - Program # 1327

Brantford - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00 $1348.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Brantford U-pass $50.28 $50.28
Recreation/Athletics Fee - Brantford $70.50 $70.50
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $2097.78 $1774.78
Year Total   $3872.56
Waterloo - Winter 2020 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2020-01-13)
Description Winter 2020 Spring 2020
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00 $1348.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $197.65 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $18.76 $0.00
Capital Development Fee - Waterloo $48.00 $48.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $1918.41 $1702.00
Year Total   $3620.41

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for
Electrical Techniques - Program # 1327


Brantford - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Brantford U-pass $50.28 $50.28
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee - Brantford $70.50 $70.50
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $7874.78 $7051.78
Year Total   $14926.56

Waterloo - Winter 2020 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2020-01-13)
Description Winter 2020 Spring 2020
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $197.65 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $18.76 $0.00
Capital Development Fee - Waterloo $48.00 $48.00
CSI International Health Fee $335.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $7530.41 $6979.00
Year Total   $14509.41

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program are well prepared to enter directly into an apprenticeship, or other employment in the electrical field, or to continue on into related diploma programs.

On average, 100% of graduates from the last three years (2015 to 2017) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1327)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CON0101 Conestoga 101

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:
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DRWG1286 Prints and Standards - Residential

Description: This course provides the student with skills necessary to read construction drawings as well as interpret, develop or modify residential electrical construction drawings. The student will study the: alphabet of lines, Metric and Imperial scales, Metric to Imperial conversion, drawing types, symbols and views. Students will also develop an understanding of the layout, interpretation and rational of general sections of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC).
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1705 Electrical Fundamentals I

Description: This course is a comprehensive overview of electrical fundamentals. Electron theory, voltage, current, resistance and conductance will be studied. The student will solve math problems for series, parallel, and combination DC circuits using Ohm's and Kirchhoff's Laws. Students will study work, power and energy as well as Edison 3-wire circuits. An introduction to magnetism and its relationship to EMF are also covered.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1715 Installation - Residential

Description: In this course the student will connect and install typical equipment and associated branch circuit wiring found in residential construction. The student will install various cables and raceways. The student will be required to develop electrical diagrams and ensure the installations conform to the Canadian Electrical Code and professional trade practices.
Hours: 98
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1675 Applied Electrical Trade Math

Description: In this course, students will review mathematical concepts essential for success in the electrical skilled trades. The focus will be on trade-related word problems to strengthen students' problem solving and mathematical skills. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, roots and powers, measurement, geometry, formula manipulation and trigonometry.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
DRWG1295 Prints and Standards - Residential and Commercial

Description: In this course, the student will examine and interpret the Rules and Regulations of the Canadian Electrical Code as they pertain to electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial applications. The topics covered include: wiring in residential occupancies, residential service calculations, calculating conductor size and ampacity, conduit fill, box fill, basic circuit loading, and grounding and bonding.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: DRWG1285 or DRWG1286
CoRequisites:

ELEC1730 Electrical Fundamentals II

Description: This course examines magnetism including associated laws and calculations. The theories of magnetism are then applied to gain an understanding of DC machines, AC induction motors and single phase transformers. The fundamentals of AC theory are also covered from the development of a sine wave to current and voltage relationship in resistive and inductive circuits.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: ELEC1700 or ELEC1705
CoRequisites:

ELEC1745 Signal and Control Circuits

Description: 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: 70
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1755 Electronics and Solid State Controls

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. Students will also study the fundamentals of DC motors and motor drive circuits.
Hours: 84
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1765 Installation - Industrial

Description: This hands-on course focuses on the installation of AC motor control circuits as well as the installation of single and 3-phase induction motors. Theory of motor operation, protection and control will be examined.
Hours: 56
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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