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Electrical Technician

Electrical Technician

Prepare for a career working with sustainable energy by learning the principles of design, installation and safe operation of renewable electrical energy and automated control systems.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available


With advances in technology, employers are looking for electrical technicians capable of working with new sources of energy used in residential, commercial and industrial settings. This program offers practical and theoretical training in both construction and industrial electricity, with a focus on alternative electrical energy systems.

Your first year establishes a foundation in electrical theory and provides hands-on industrial workplace skills. In your second year, you further your knowledge of electrical theory and gain practical experience with residential, commercial and industrial applications of electricity and alternative and renewable energy systems.

Graduates benefit by obtaining the practical and theoretical training that is similar to the Electrical Construction and Industrial Certificate and Diploma programs, with an emphasis on the additional electrical skills that are required for green energy systems. Grads are prepared to work towards Journeyperson Certification in the Electrical trades and have practical knowledge and skills that can be used for careers working with alternative energy.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Electrical Technicians are prepared to succeed in the emerging fields of alternative energy in a variety of roles, including construction, production plant operation, maintenance and public utilities.
  • Organizations that specialize in energy management, technical sales, manufacturing, electrical distribution and alternate energy providers are potential employers. Grads may also work for government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and building contractors.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician trades. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • You benefit from our expert faculty who bring years of experience and strong industry connections to the classroom.
  • You build your skills using state-of-the-art simulators, along with advanced technology used in the Green Energy sector.
  • 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 get to apply those skills in a work-like setting.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Certification with a Red Seal – Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician are designated trades in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Construction Electrician trade in Nova Scotia.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • 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 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
ELMT 3012   Applied Math I
ELMT 3015   Applied Math II
ELTN 1001   DC Theory
ELTN 1003   Residential Wiring Fundamentals
ELTN 1004   AC Theory
ELTN 1006   Industrial Wiring Fundamentals I
ELTN 1013   Electrical Machines
ELTN 1014   Motor Control and Relay Logic
ELTN 1022   Workshop Practices and Introduction to the Canadian Electrical Code
ELTN 1107   Commercial Print Reading
ELTN 2001   Integrated Energy Systems / Smart Grid Technology
ELTN 2004   Semiconductor Circuits
ELTN 2006   Industrial Wiring Fundamentals II
ELTN 2100   Photovoltaic Design and Installation
ELTN 2107   Residential Print Reading
ELTN 3001   Wind Energy Fundamentals
ELTN 4100   Work Experience II
ELTN 5001   Business, Technology and Modern Society
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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