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Pre-Apprenticeship Millwright and Electrical

Program Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Academic Year:
2019 / 2020
Accelerated Delivery?

About the Program

The Pre-Apprenticeship Millwright and Electrical program consists of 16 weeks of in-school and 8 weeks on-the-job and will equip students with the basic skills required to secure a position as an apprentice. The curriculum provides the student with in-school curriculum for the Millwright trade, to increase the student's general level of knowledge about the industry. Introductory electrical skills are also covered. An eight-week placement, academic upgrading and employment strategies are also included in the program curriculum. Graduates may choose to pursue an apprenticeship in the millwright or industrial electrical trades. See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: One-year Certificate program
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: May
First-Year Capacity: 10

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Objectives

What is Apprenticeship?

For information on the apprenticeship system in Ontario, including how to register as an apprentice, visit the apprenticeship section of our website.

Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Tuition & Fees

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may choose to pursue an apprenticeship in the millwright or industrial electrical trades.

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.

Pre-Certification of Qualification

If you have more than five years of experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on Trade Equivalency Assessments contact the Ontario Colleges of Trades at 1-855-299-0028 or email at Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.

For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit:

Program Courses

Course Details (1445)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ATST1010 Academic Upgrading

Description: This course will prepare students for entry into trades and apprenticeship. Students will learn and apply problem-solving strategies, reasoning skills, and mathematical concepts and procedures to solve problems to improve mathematical and communication skills. Relevant topics will be selected for each student from within the major categories of pre-algebra, algebra, measurement, data analysis and geometry/trigonometry. This course will also enable students to strengthen their communication skills in workplace reading and writing.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

COMP1127 Computer Applications

Description: Students will receive training on computer operating systems (Windows), as well as training on basic word processing and spreadsheets.
Hours: 26
Credits: 2

ELEC1641 Electrical Safety and Code

Description: This course will review safe working practices and procedures, and hazard awareness relevant to working with electricity. The application, scope, terms, rules, tables, and appendixes of the electrical code book will also be covered.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

ELEC1880 Introduction to Electrical Principles

Description: This course will cover the basics of electrical theory, electrical motors, and electrical controls. Topics will include quantities (watts, volts, amps, ohms), circuit characteristics, AC versus DC, magnetism/ electromagnetism, interpretation of schematics and wiring diagrams, trade symbol usage, A/C and D/C motor types, motor parts and components.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

ELEC1890 Introduction to Electrical Practices

Description: This course is designed to give students experience building and troubleshooting electrical circuits with an emphasis on safety. The student will develop hands-on skills and be taught best practices when wire cutting, wire stripping, wire termination, installation methods, and using appropriate test equipment. Practical projects will focus on industrial motors and control circuits.
Hours: 60
Credits: 3

ETR1120 Employment Strategies and Workplace Exposure

Description: Students will prepare to enter the job market and will be given the opportunity explore a variety of workplaces in this course. Life-long career planning strategies will be the focus including networking, interview and researching skills; developing a personalized resume and cover letter; and understanding current labour market information. They will also develop and enhance skills in teamwork, decision making and goal setting. A variety of workplace tours will be included to increase their knowledge of the trade and industry.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3

MILL1210 Introduction to Millwrighting

Description: Students will develop knowledge of safety legislation, lock-out and isolation procedures, protective clothing and equipment, confined space procedures, housekeeping rules, and fire/electrical/chemical hazards. Students will also develop skills in the selection, safe use and care of cutting and non-cutting tools and in the use of measuring devices.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

Level 2
DRWG1480 Drawings And Schematics I

Description: To develop in the apprentice, the ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and schematics.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

ELEC1090 Electrical I

Description: This course introduces the student to the basic knowledge of electrical and electronic theory, electrical components and circuits, electrical safety and application.
Hours: 16
Credits: 1

MILL1300 Workshop Practice I

Description: This course will develop in the apprentice, knowledge of safety legislation, lock-out and isolation procedures, protective clothing and equipment, confined space procedures, housekeeping rules, fire, electrical and chemical hazards. Also, skill in the selection, safe use and care of the cutting and non-cutting tools used in the trade; as well as units of measurement used in the trade, and skill in the use of measuring devices.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3

MILL1310 Workshop Technology I

Description: This course is to develop in the apprentice knowledge of the principles of cutting and the relationship between speeds and feeds during the various machining operations.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

MILL1320 Machine Technology I

Description: This course is to develop in the apprentice knowledge of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, basic heat treatment procedures, and knowledge and applications of fasteners. Also skill in the selection, safe use and care of the cutting and non-cutting tools used in the trade; as well as types, properties and applications of lubricants.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

MILL1330 Rigging & Hoisting

Description: To develop in the apprentice, the knowledge of correct lifting and hoisting procedures and the safe use of all equipment
Hours: 24
Credits: 2

WELD1090 Welding I

Description: This level 1 course will develop knowledge and ability to setup and operate Oxy-fuel and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (“Stick”) equipment to, where applicable, weld, braze, solder and cut, safely and to specifications. This course is delivered with both theory and hands-on skills components. Demonstrations of other shop equipment will also be delivered.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

Level 3
FPLT1140 Field Placement (Pre-Apprenticeship Millwright and Electrical)

Description: Students will participate in on-the-job training using the apprenticeship training standards for the respective trade. The student will apply the skills taught in the in-school portion of the program and will demonstrate effective work habits, time management and organizational skills.
Hours: 280
Credits: 10

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


Apply Now

Domestic applicants must first meet with the program contact for an interview before submitting an application. The program contact will review your documentation and provide assistance in completing a Conestoga College Program Application Form.
Please Contact:

Kristen Goetz
519-885-0300 ext 5484

Apprenticeship Registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:
  • Find an employer
  • Request registration from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • Confirm your seat with Conestoga once you have received your offer of classroom training from the Ministry
  • Pay the appropriate classroom fee

    Registration for the in-school training portion is on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Employment Ontario's Start an apprenticeship website for more details. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga at 519-748-5220 ext. 3382.
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.


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