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Electrical – Industrial Maintenance and Controls

Learn about electrical motors and controls, transformers, solid-state systems and automation technology.

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Typical Length:
1 Year

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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 program logic controller (PLC) systems
  • Integrated circuits
  • Amplifiers
  • Solid state drives
  • Alternating current (AC) generators
  • Three-phase motors

Work experience

  • Work placement is a mandatory credit course, providing 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.

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  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

Other info

  • 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.

September 2023

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Strait Area Campus
Port Hawkesbury
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available

Admission requirements

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.


Tuition amounts are for the 2023-24 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates find employment in electrical construction, production plant operation and maintenance, public utilities and electrical supply.
  • Learn more about labour market information. Visit Career Options

Future study options

  • You are required to be a registered apprentice with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) to legally work in the Construction Electrician trade in Nova Scotia.
  • This program is a first step towards certification in the compulsory Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician trades. To become certified and legally work in this trade, you must register as an apprentice with the 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 compulsory certified trades in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the national 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.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

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