This program is an ideal way for graduates of a first-level electrical program to get hands-on experience and knowledge of electrical motors and controls, transformers, solid-state systems and automation technology. A special focus is placed on troubleshooting and problem-solving techniques.
You install, troubleshoot and perform transistor calculations for power supply, rectification and electronic control circuits. You also learn to install and maintain transformers, single-phase motors, motor controls and PLC systems; and connect integrated circuits, amplifiers, solid state drives, AC generators and three-phase motors, according to specifications and applicable codes.
- 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.
- For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more
- 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.
- 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
These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.
ELED 1100 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.
ELED 3000 - Power Supply/Rectification
This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skill required to install and troubleshoot problems with power supplies, rectifiers, and power electronic control circuits.
ELED 3001 - Transformers
This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the operating characteristics and installation procedures for transformers.
ELED 3002 - Single Phase Motors
This course presents the operating characteristics and installation procedures for various types of single phase motors and their associated controls. An examination of these motors for the operational effects due to load and supply fluctuations will be completed in controlled conditions.
ELED 3003 - Motor Starters and Control Devices I
This course is designed to provide the information required to understand the components and their application in control circuits. The material covers from basic wiring concepts and their control options to some of the circuit components used for selected control. Circuit logic and how it applies to specific operations is also covered. Material also covers motor starters / controllers, their selection and installation according to design criteria, and their associated overload devices.
ELED 3004 - Motor Starters and Control Devices II
This course is designed to provide the information required to select and install the various control devices of the electrical industry. Motor applications and motor control centres are covered. Material will also cover enclosure layout and component installation according to design criteria.
ELED 3005 - Programmable Logic Controllers I
This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the components and installation requirements of a PLC. This course will provide the learner with an opportunity to install, connect, verify and troubleshoot most problems associated with an installation. Basic programming using discreet instructions will be introduced.
ELED 3006 - Programmable Logic Controllers II
This course provides the learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter a set of operating instructions in a programmable controller based on operational designs as well as converting ladder type general wiring diagrams. Connecting real world inputs and outputs will be completed and run after setup and programming. Modification of existing applications and design of original systems will be covered.
ELED 3007 - Integrated Circuits and Amplifiers
This course is designed to introduce the principles of integrated circuits, amplifiers and drives. Application, installation and procedures for troubleshooting these areas are covered.
ELED 3008 - AC Generators/Three Phase Motors
This course is designed to present the information required to select and install three-phase motors. An examination of these motors for the operational effects due to load and supply fluctuations will be completed in controlled conditions. Material also covers the operating characteristics and installation procedures of various types of AC generators.
SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.
SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.
SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.
SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.
SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.
SAFE 1025 - Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
This course provides participants with an understanding of the hazards associated with working from heights and compliance with Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (2013). Throughout the course, participants will gain experience in the donning of a harness, an overview and presentation of system components involved when working from heights and learn how to complete a fall calculation and emergency procedures.
WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.