Career possibilities: Skilled electricians are needed in a growing number of areas, including residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction, electrical maintenance and service, marine electrical work, alternate energy and utilities.
The Electrical Foundation program, consists of two blocks of training, each spread throughout the 24 weeks of the program. The object being to provide you with some of the general skills and knowledge required for any apprentice working in the construction trades and the specific, fundamental skills required of a Year 1 electrical apprentice.
During the 24-week program, you will participate in enhanced Level 1 theoretical training, including lab work which enhances your learning of introductory electrical theory through the application of this new knowledge. You will learn ho to correctly and safely use measuring instruments (meters), power supplies and other electrical equipment.
While learning about electrical theory, you will learn how to safely and correctly use common hand and power tools, supplies, electrical components and devices, equipment and specialty tools in a manner that a Year 1 apprentice is expected to know when working in residential and light commercial construction.
You will learn the interpretation of the latest edition of the Canadian Electrical Code and how these modern wiring techniques are being used in the residential and light commercial construction industries.
Upon successful completion of this program, your acquired knowledge and skill will make you eligible to receive technical training credit for Level 1 of the Electrical apprenticeship and 350 hours of work-based credit toward your total apprenticeship hours requirement.
Employment opportunities for Construction and Electrician Red Seal tradespersons exist in residential; commercial and industrial electrical construction; electrical maintenance and service; industrial electrical and electronic process controls; HVAC systems maintenance and installation; marine electrical work; gas and electric utilities and others.
Construction electricians install equipment and wiring in new housing, shopping centres, condominiums, townhouses, office buildings, schools, hospitals, factories, processing plants, mills, mines, manufacturing plants, sub stations, etc.
Industrial electricians perform maintenance, upgrades and process control modifications in all types of heavy and light industrial settings.
Top paying jobs also require knowledge of computer applications and software, PLC systems and electronics (see Electronics Technician Core and Industrial Automation Technician programs).
NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a $200 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. The deposit will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.
You are required to obtain the following supplies:
NOTE: The Accuplacer assessment covers math skills taught in the following courses: Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, Foundations 11, and pre-Calculus 11.
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*Note: Students not having current, valid First Aid and WHMIS certification are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged for First Aid and WHMIS.
To pass the program you are required to attain a minimum average of 70% based on a weighted average of all courses.
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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