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Apprenticeship

Electrician

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School

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Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be an electrician. You want to install, alter, repair and maintain electrical systems designed to provide heat, light, power, control, signals or fire alarms for buildings and premises. You’re comfortable splicing, joining and connecting wires to form circuits, and testing those circuits for integrity and safety.

But you want to learn more, like how to position and install distribution and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuit breaker panels and fuse enclosures. You also need to know more about installing and maintaining fibre optic systems or electrical generation sources.
Here are a few of the other subjects covered in the Electrician apprenticeship training program at NAIT:

  • interpreting electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings, specifications and applicable codes to determine wiring layouts
  • cutting, threading, bending, assembling and installing conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings
  • pulling wire through conduits and holes in walls and floors

What to Expect

If you have an aptitude for mathematics and are a creative problem solver who can create new ways of completing tasks, then you will enjoy working as an electrician.

Electricians are often involved in construction or maintenance and do a variety of electrical work. Working conditions can change dramatically from one job to the next, from indoor conditions to outdoor scaffolding, sometimes in confined and restricted locations.

Training at NAIT

The Electrician apprenticeship term is:

  •  4 years (four 12-month periods)
  •  minimum of 1500 hours on-the-job training each year in periods 1, 2 and 3
  • minimum of 1350 hours on-the-job training in period 4
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year in periods 1, 2 and 3
  • 12 weeks of technical training in period 4

All periods of the Electrician program are delivered as Open Exit or Distance delivery.

If you are in Open Exit delivery, you can expect to spend, on average, 30 hours per week in class and labs.

If you are in Distance delivery, you can expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on coursework, as well as 8-10 days at NAIT during periods 1, 2 and 3 and 13-15 days at NAIT during period 4.

Enter the workforce with confidence

As an electrician, you will work for construction and maintenance contractors, manufacturers, resource companies or other large organizations. Membership in trade unions is voluntary, but some contractors will only employ unionized workers.

Experienced electricians can advance to supervisory positions, like superintendent, estimator or electrical inspector. Some electricians start their own contracting businesses.

Alberta-certified electricians can apply to the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta to become a Master Electrician 3 years after becoming certified. Only a journeyperson with a valid Master Electrician identification number can pull electrical work permits in Alberta.

Resources

Have questions? We've got answers 

For more information about the Electrician program at NAIT

Neil Schlosser, Program Chair
Email: neils@nait.ca or eleapp@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.7754

 



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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in circuit fundamentals, electromagnetic field (EMF) sources, lab fundamentals, the Canadian Electrical Code part 1 and blueprints.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in alternating current (AC) circuit properties, RLC circuits, the Canadian Electrical Code part 1 plans and diagrams, heating and cooling controls and magnetic control and switching circuits.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in 3-phase principles, 3-phase power measurement and power factor corrections, 3-phase motor principles, transformers, the Canadian Electrical Code/workplace coaching skills and advisory network.

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 12 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in electrical theory review, direct current (DC) machines, alternating current (AC) machines, control and switching/programmable logic controller (PLC), fire alarm systems, electronics, and Canadian Electrical Code part 1 applications and safety.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $470.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $134.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $470.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $134.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $470.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $134.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $1176.00
  • Books & Supplies: $590.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $167.88
  • Athletic Fee: $56.40

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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