Electrical Construction & Industrial – Certificate

Training in both construction and industrial electricity – with a strong focus on the principles and practices of construction wiring.

Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)Part-time (Combined In-class/Online)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Cumberland Campus • Springhill • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Shelburne Campus • Shelburne • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus (classes at Wagmatcook Learning Centre) • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Part-timeWaterfront Campus/Online • Dartmouth • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Due to constant changes in technology, employers today are looking for electricians capable of working in residential, commercial and industrial settings. This program offers practical and theoretical training in both construction and industrial trades.

Electricians work in a wide variety of buildings and facilities – on everything from lighting and climate control systems, to communication equipment and thousands of other specific tools and devices. An Electrician's work involves assembling, installing, commissioning, testing, maintaining, servicing and operating electrical systems and equipment.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Highlight"The staff were amazing and made me feel right at home. They actually made it fun for me to come to school."
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    Favourite"Figuring out how to wire my projects, and then getting to test them."
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    Favourite"The work experience...shows me what it's like to work with a team and the variety of projects with my trade."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician trades. To work in the Construction Electrician trade, certification is compulsory through Nova Scotia's Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the Provincial Apprenticeship Program.
  • You benefit from our expert faculty, who bring years of experience and strong industry connections to the classroom.
  • You get hands-on and practical training. This program teaches a balance of theory and practical application, which means you read and study how to do a job and then you actually get to apply those skills in a work-like setting.

Employment Opportunities

  • Electrical construction, production plant operation and maintenance, public utilities and electrical supply.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study. You complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at Waterfront Campus. No additional campus locations are available.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you are referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study is two years.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Red Seal – Construction Electrician and Industrial Electrician are designated trades that qualify for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Registered apprentices can apply for the NSCC Journeyperson Diploma. This diploma recognizes your apprentice training and the completion of NSCC's employability skills and portfolio requirements.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely in the shop and in the field while performing tasks of this trade.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
ELEC 1001   DC Theory
ELEC 1003   Residential Wiring
ELEC 1004   AC Theory
ELEC 1005   Introducation to Program Logic Control
ELEC 1006   Commercial and Industrial Wiring
ELEC 1009   Tools, Equipment & Code
ELEC 1100   Work Experience
ELEC 1106   Blueprint Reading I
ELEC 1107   Blueprint Reading II
MATH 1018   Fundamental Mathematics for Electricians
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
Introduction to Confined Space Entry
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

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