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Electrical Techniques

Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2019 / 2020

About the Program

This program is an introduction to the electrical trade and combines theory and practical instruction including safety training related to the electrical industry. This program will be delivered through a combination of theory (60%) and labs/shop hands-on work (40%). The curriculum includes math and English, providing an opportunity for graduates to improve grades/academics for possible consideration for admission into subsequent post-secondary opportunities.
For more information, please contact our Student Recruitment staff at

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Ingersoll - September/2019 - Fall | Winter
         Waterloo - January/2020 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Waterloo Campus and Ingersoll Skills Training Centre
Start: September (Ingersoll) and January (Waterloo)
First-Year Capacity: 32 (Waterloo), 24 (Ingersoll)

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2018-2019 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

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International Fees

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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. Please note, successful completion of this program does not guarantee admission into the 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:

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

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 develop an understanding of the layout, interpretation and rational of general sections of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC).
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

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

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

MATH1675 Applied Electrical Trade Math

Description: This course covers mathematical concepts which are essential for success in the electrical skilled trades. The focus will be on trade-related word problems to strengthen problem solving and mathematical skills. Topics covered will include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, roots and powers, measurement, geometry, formula manipulation and trigonometry.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

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

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

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

ELEC1755 Electronics

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

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

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Program Handbook


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Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using the Conestoga College International Application Portal. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

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.


Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
JAN, 2019-AD * Waterloo Open
SEP, 2019 Ingersoll Open
JAN, 2020-AD * Waterloo Open
* AD = Accelerated Delivery
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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