Electrician - Construction and Maintenance (Apprenticeship)
- Ontario College Certificate
- Program Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Academic Year:
- 2018 / 2019
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramThis 840-hour program, which consists of a 240-hour level 1, a 300-hour level 2, and a 300-hour level 3, is designed to provide the apprentice with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of the construction and maintenance electrical trade as well as practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training experience. See Apprenticeship - General Information.
Program InformationLength: 840-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).
- Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email Kitchener.Apprenticeship@ontario.ca.
- Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, MTCU requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on the job.
- Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed.
What is Apprenticeship?Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.
Apprenticeship Training - General Information
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.
Becoming a Journeyperson
On-the-Job ExperienceOnce 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 TrainingConestoga 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 & FeesFees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
Books and parking fees are additional.
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.
Graduate OpportunitiesConstruction and maintenance electricians are employed in many different areas of the field including residential, commercial and industrial areas. Expertise can include new installations to rewiring of existing systems and could also lead to electrical inspection, high voltage installations, teaching, as well as self-employment.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga 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.
Exemption TestingApprentices 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: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|DRWG1720||Prints (Level 1)
Description: This course provides the student with skills necessary to read construction and electrical drawings with confidence and accuracy. The student will study: the ‘alphabet of lines', metric and imperial scales and convert between them, information from architectural and structural and mechanical drawings and apply them to electrical installations, general and specific project specifications, panel schematics and material take-offs for a single-dwelling.
|ELCN1015||Electronics (Level 1)
Description: In this course, the student will cover the fundamental principle of operation of diodes, transistors, truth tables for logic gates, numbering systems, semiconductor materials, as well as analyze circuits connected in series and/or parallel configurations.
|ELEC1010||Canadian Electrical Code (Level 1)
Description: In this course, the student will examine and interpret the Rules and Regulations of the C.E.C. as they pertain to electrical installation. The topics covered include: general requirements of the C.E.C., calculating conductor ampacity including free air (both above and underground installations), grounding and bonding, wiring methods, Class 1 and 2 circuits, wiring in residential occupancies, residential service calculations, wiring for pools and temporary installations.
|ELEC1020||Electrical Theory (Level 1)
Description: This course is a comprehensive overview of electrical fundamentals. Electron theory, voltage, current, and resistance as well as electrical and mechanical energy are studied. The student will solve calculations for series, parallel, and combination DC circuits using Ohm's and Kirchoff's Laws. An introduction to magnetism and its relationship to EMF is also covered in this subject.
|ELEC1040||Installation Methods (Level 1)
Description: In this course, the student will connect and install typical equipment and associated wiring found in residential construction. The student will bend and install various raceways, develop schematic circuits and lay-out diagrams, and ensure the installations conform to the C.E.C. as well as professional trade practices.
|INST1030||Instrumentation (Level 1)
Description: Students will study common terms and fundamental applications of Instrumentation and Process Control Systems. Students will work with the SI and Imperial System of measurement using various types of meters, scales and sensors. Examination of instrumentation symbols is also covered, as well as basic process control and instrumentation diagrams for pressure and temperature devices.
|DRWG2090||Prints (Level 2)
Description: This course will use a full set of construction prints and specifications to determine: site features; methods of construction; the electrical characteristics and layout of mechanical equipment and systems, and the layout of various electrical service equipment and lighting equipment. The student will use prints and the C.E.C. to determine proper sizing of raceways and conductors for various branch circuit installations, and will prepare as-build drawings, develop basic single-line, schematic and wiring diagrams.
|ELCN2030||Electronics (Level 2)
Description: Students will use oscilloscopes to test circuits, describe and demonstrate half and full wave rectification, connect capacitors and inductors to filter power supply outputs, study the characteristics of diodes, diacs and triacs, as well as FETs and Op Amps in this course. This course is a combination of theoretical and practical learning.
|ELCN2050||Monitoring & Communication Systems (Level 2)
Description: This practical course calls upon the student to develop, connect, and troubleshoot various types of building systems such as intrusion, automation, and communication systems, with an emphasis on fire alarms and associated equipment and theory of operation.
|ELEC2020||Trade Theory (Level 2)
Description: This course examines magnetism including associated laws and calculations. The theories of magnetism are then applied to gain an understanding of both DC machines and AC induction motors. The fundamentals of AC theory are also covered from the development of a sine wave to current and voltage relationship in resistive, inductive and capacitive circuits.
|ELEC2100||Canadian Electrical Code (Level 2)
Description: The student will interpret the C.E.C. requirements pertaining to the installations for: interior and exterior lighting systems; fire alarms and fire pumps; emergency systems, unit equipment and exit signs; fuses, circuit breakers and equipment ratings; equipment in hazardous locations, motor circuit calculations, as well as requirements for continuous and non-continuous loads, and determine minimum ampacities of conductors and overcurrent devices for apartments and similar buildings.
|ELEC2110||Installation Methods (Motors) (Level 2)
Description: This hands-on course focuses on various DC, single phase AC, and 3-phase AC motors and controls. The student will connect, test, and develop diagrams for various equipment and motor circuits.
|INST2040||Instrumentation (Level 2)
Description: This course examines the operation of various level and flow sensing instruments and associated measuring devices. Basic process control and instrumentation diagrams are developed and studied using standard ISA instrumentation symbols. This course is a combination of theoretical and practical learning.
|DRWG3010||Prints (Level 3)
Description: This course exposes the student to a number of print reading and developing skills required to convey and obtain information from commercial and industrial environments. Students will use drawings and specifications to develop single line, schematic, and wiring diagrams; layout single and three-phase systems for feeder and branch circuits; as well as determine bonding and grounding requirements for high voltage vaults and substations to name a few.
|ELCN3010||Electronics (Level 3)
Description: In this course, the student will be provided with a combination of theoretical and hands-on learning environments. Students will study rectification, DC Motor Drives, AC Motor Drives, Open and Closed Loop Speed Control Systems, and SCR speed controllers and their application and effects in various types of DC and AC systems – as well as describe the operation of encoders, resolvers, and tachogenerators as feedback devices.
|ELEC3020||Trade Theory (Level 3)
Description: 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 RCL circuits, as well as study the effects of power factor in these circuits.
|ELEC3030||Installation Methods (Level 3)
Description: This practical course is divided into two equally divided sections: Transformers and Motors, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). The transformer portion calls upon the student to determine, describe, develop and connect various types of single-phase and three-phase transformer configurations and loads connected in various configurations. The PLC portion of the course exposes the student to the programming and application of a PLC. Students will demonstrate the ability to input and troubleshoot various functions used in PLC language and address requirements including: common relays, timers, counters and mathematics functions. Students will also demonstrate the ability to test PLC inputs and outputs, as well as identify methods of hard wiring PLCs to equipment.
|ELEC3120||Canadian Electrical Code (Level 3)
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|INST3010||Instrumentation (Level 3)
Description: This course is equally divided into practical and theoretical learning. The students will be called upon to use, list, explain and describe the operation of various types of instrumentation equipment. Air supplies, pneumatic systems and controls, and calibration are studied, as well as the basic elements of a control system, as well as general categories of automatic control and shielded cable in instrumentation systems. The student will also be called upon to revise and explain control loops on instrumentation drawings; as well as work with and study a number of other instrumentation devices and applications.
- Explain the object, scope and layout of the Canadian Electrical Code (C.E.C.) Part I.
- Locate and interpret C.E.C. regulations pertaining to residential, commercial and industrial installations.
- Determine accurate sizing of electrical systems, circuits and equipment from the C.E.C. to ensure a safe installation.
- Read and interpret drawings, plans and specifications for residential, commercial and industrial projects ensuring adherence to applicable codes and regulations.
- Solve job site problems from drawing, plans, specifications and applicable codes.
- Interpret drawings, plans and specifications for the purpose of estimating and installation.
- Calculate voltage, current, resistance and power in D.C. and A.C. circuits by applying various laws and rules.
- Solve magnetic circuit problems by applying various laws and rules.
- Explain the principle of operation of motors, generators, transformers and other electrical equipment.
- Determine values and relationship in single phase and three phase A.C. circuits.
- Select and install various wiring methods and electrical equipment.
- Connect and test motors and motor control equipment including magnetic motor starters and P.L.C.s.
- Install common fire alarm, communication and building automation systems.
- Connect and test various transformer configurations.
- Identify, select and use test equipment to determine the operating conditions of circuits and equipment.
- Identify the terminology used in control instrumentation.
- Select and test instrumentation devices used for the measurement and control of temperature, pressure, flow, level, position and force.
- Connect and test analogue electronic circuits.
- Connect and test digital electronic circuits.
- Connect and test variable speed motor drives.
Apprenticeship RegistrationApprenticeship registration occurs after an employer is found. To register as an apprentice you or your employer may call the local Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email to Kitchener.firstname.lastname@example.org to request registration and have an agreement prepared. Once you have registered as an apprentice and have received your offer of classroom training, you will be required to confirm your seat with Conestoga College and pay the appropriate classroom fee. Apprentices are enrolled to class 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 www.collegeoftrades.ca. Information about apprenticeship registration can also be found on the Ministry website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training. Another helpful website is www.apprenticesearch.com.
For more information on apprenticeship, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656 or the local Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.
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.