Learn to install, maintain, repair and operate electrical wiring and devices safely. Complete all four periods of training to earned your electrician certificate and qualify to take the provincial exam to get your journeyman certificate and red seal exam.
Electricians work for residential, construction and maintenance contractors, manufacturers, resource companies, and other large organizations. Construction based electrical work is subject to project based timelines. The nature of this work dictates that an electrician be flexible in both scheduling and location of work. Membership in trade union is voluntary; however some contractors employ only union people, while others employ only non-union. Electricians may advance to positions such as foreman, superintendent, estimator or electrical inspector. Some electricians start their own contracting business, but must have a Master Electrician license in order to pull permits. Electricians may work toward additional tickets such as Power System Electrician, Instrumentation and Millwright.
Apprenticeship Electrician Period 1, 2, 3 & 4
Period 1: October 28 - December 20, 2019 Period 2: January 6 - February 28, 2020 Period 3: October 28 - December 20, 2019 Period 4: January 6 - March 27, 2020
Recommended path: English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 30 or Science 30. Related Career and Technology Studies courses. Minimum Requirements: English 20-2, Math 20-3, Science 10 or AIT Entrance Exam Category A. Must be registered in Alberta as an Apprentice Electrician.
Apprenticeship training is a standard curriculum throughout the Province; therefore apprentices may take this training at Portage College or any other college or technical institute within Alberta offering Apprenticeship Electrician training.
This course will provide students with basic fundamentals of work, power, energy, and matter. Students will understand how these forces influence the characteristics of conductors, equipment and circuits. Students will develop an understanding of current, voltage, and resistance. They will apply this knowledge to series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits and their application to Edison Three Wire Distribution Systems.
Students will acquire the knowledge and understanding of electromagnetic forces. In this course, students will learn the principles and functions of magnetism, induction, generators, cells and batteries.
This course will allow students to demonstrate knowledge and skills in proper safety procedures using common tools and equipment in the electrical trade. Students will be able to demonstrate a variety of low voltage connections and circuits. These will include low voltage switching, relays, buzzers and chimes.
Students will be introduced to the contents, structure and application of the Canadian Electrical Code. Specific areas covered are general rules, grounding, feeders, branch circuits, wiring methods, installation of equipment and lighting. The second part of this course will provide students with an understanding of blueprints, dimensioning, scaling and orthographic projections.
The student will describe basic electrical concepts and demonstrate their relationships with calculations in a variety of circuits. This course covers the current limiting effects of resistance, induction and capacitance in an AC circuit, which will be calculated by the student. Introduction to the concepts of inductance and induction to DC and AC circuits are discussed in this course.
This course describes how resistors, inductors and capacitors affect an AC circuit when they are connected in series. The student will connect and analyze series and parallel RLC circuits to solve unknown circuit values and describe applications of this type of circuit.
This course is the second period CEC level of Rules and Regulations, covering grounding (sec. 10), services, ampacity of conductors (Sec. 8), and service protection controls for single dwellings and apartments (Sec. 6). An overview of Section 18 Hazardous locations, Section 20 Class 1 locations, Section 22 Corrosive and Wet locations, and Section 24 Patient Care areas are also presented in this course. More detailed and specific plans and drawings are examined and calculated.
This course discusses the principals of operation and installation of heating and cooling electrical controls and equipment. Temperature sensing devices, gas fired forced air systems, hot water heating systems, cooling systems and HVAC roof top units are discussed in this section.
The student will learn the principals of operation and installation of relays, contactors, timers and smart relays. They will be able to describe the parts of a magnetic motor starter, understand the basic starter selection criteria and recognize the basic bench tests that can be performed. The student will also be able to describe the procedure for troubleshooting motor control circuits and describe the operation of automatic devices.