Apprenticeship

Power System Electrician

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School

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Credential

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  • 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.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

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.

Power system electricians are employed in the utility, industrial, oil and gas, renewable energy sectors. The duties include the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical power generation (including coal, natural gas and renewable energy), transmission and distribution systems and equipment.

In general, they work in the distinct areas of power generation, substation equipment, protection and control, and metering. Each of these areas has their own physical and technical requirements.

Power generation includes generators, wind turbines, solar arrays, biomass and associated equipment. Substation equipment includes high voltage equipment such as circuit breakers, transformers, switches and switchgear. Protection and control include a variety of equipment such as protective relaying and various remote control and monitoring systems (SCADA systems). Metering includes work with a spectrum of recording devices. This work includes the calibration and installation of metering equipment (meters).

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

If you like to have variety in your day-to-day work and are a creative problem-solver, then you will enjoy working as a power systems electrician.

Power systems electricians work in a variety of conditions depending on the repair work, including indoors, outdoors, possibly in inclement weather, near energized equipment, at heights, in confined spaces, in urban and rural environments and emergency response. If safety equipment is properly used, job hazards can be reduced and controlled.

Training at NAIT

The Power Systems Electrician apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1590 hours on-the-job training in periods 1 and 2
  • minimum of 1560 hours on-the-job training in periods 3 and 4
  • 7 weeks of technical training in periods 1 and 2
  • 8 weeks of technical training in period 3 and 4

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a power systems electrician, you will be employed by utility companies, large industrial facilities and their subcontractors. You will typically specialize in either:

  • substations, working with high voltage equipment used for the protection, indication and monitoring systems
  • metering, working with a variety of recording devices, such as supervisory controls, indicating and recording devices, switchboards and equipment circuitry

Experienced power system electricians may advance to supervisory or management positions, such as foreman or electric services superintendent.

Resources

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General program information

Email: Electrical@nait.ca



Periods

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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

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Funding for students in this program

The tuition and fee amounts below are estimates based on current academic year’s rates. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. Actual fees may vary by term and enrolment activities. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for more detailed information.

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Period 1

  • Tuition: $735.00
  • Books & Supplies: $280.00
  • NAITSA: $60.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

Period 2

  • Tuition: $735.00
  • Books & Supplies: $230.00
  • NAITSA: $60.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

Period 3

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $65.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Books & Supplies: $85.00
  • NAITSA: $69.88
  • Materials Fee: $72.00
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

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.

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Scholarships & Awards

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.

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