Electrical | Foundation
In Fall 2020 this trades program is offered via Distributed Learning with a focus on blended delivery. Trades students must prepare for face-to-face learning on campus where practical components of training take place in a regulated manner and meet all necessary health protocols. Learn more about Distributed Learning at CMTN.
The Harmonized Electrical Foundation program prepares students for entry-level positions as electrical apprentices with contracting companies involved in residential, commercial and industrial construction and maintenance. Students learn to access and utilize resource materials, follow procedures and make sound decisions while installing and maintaining electrical equipment.
This 24 week program covers the Industry Training Authority (ITA) Level 1 Curriculum while allowing students extra time to develop hand skills in a shop setting. Construction Electricians plan, design, assemble, install, alter, repair, inspect, verify, commission, connect, operate, maintain and decommission electrical systems. Electrical systems provide heating, lighting, power, alarm, security, communication and control in residential, commercial, institutional, industrial transportation, marine and entertainment environments.
For the details on the scope of knowledge and skills taught in this program refer to the Program Outline, available on the ITA website: https://www.itabc.ca/program/electrician-construction
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Dates and locations
|September 21, 2020 - March 19, 2021||Prince Rupert|
|February 1, 2021 - July 16, 2021||Terrace Campus|
Future planned intakes may be subject to change. Please check back to confirm availability.
This program is being delivered at a public school where a BC Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check is required by the local school district; you will be studying in an area with children and vulnerable adults present. The cost of this check will be covered by the college. If you require more information you can contact an Admissions Officer 1-877-277-2288 ext 5203.
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Please see the BC Ministry of Justice website for a list of Offences Reviewed During a Criminal Record Check.
The full-time, 24-week program is theory and competency based.
Line Course Name Hours
Line A Apply Circuit Concepts 410 hr
Line B Perform Safety-Related Functions 29 hr
Line C Use Tools and Equipment 14 hr
Line D Organize Work 72 hr
Line G Use Communications and Mentoring Techniques 8 hr
Line H Install and Maintain Consumer/Supply Services and Metering Equipment 29 hr
Line I Install and Maintain Protection Device 14 hr
Line J Install and Maintain Low Voltage Distribution Systems 14 hr
Line L Install and Maintain Bonding, Grounding and Ground Fault Detection Systems 14 hr
Line Q Install and Maintain Raceways, Cables and Enclosures 29 hr
Line R Install and Maintain Branch Circuitry 58 hr
Line AA Install and Maintain Communication Systems 29 hr
Total Program hours 720 hr
Grade 12 Graduation Required or Mature Student,
4 credits (2 courses) at English Studies 10, English First Peoples 10 level or equivalent, and
Any one of the following:
Foundations of math 11,
Workplace math 11,
Pre-calculus 11 or higher, or
Equivalent Math, ACCUPLACER or CAT
- Physics 11 recommended
Unless otherwise noted, “Permission of Instructor” may be used to accept a student into a course(s) when the student does not meet course prerequisites and/or does not attain the required threshold on entry assessments. See the Admission and Registration section on the website for details on this policy.
Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.
Trades learners are encouraged to enhance their employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1. OFA courses are scheduled throughout the year at CMTN.
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|Full Time:||24 Weeks||24 Weeks|
|Student Union Fees:1||$83.84||$83.84|
Fees are effective as of August 1, 2020
These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.
Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary.
Books & supplies
Books are available at the CMTN Bookstore.
Tool kits are available for purchase at the registration office. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Tool kits do not include the required PPE and Supplies on the TOOLS/SUPPLIES LIST. Prices are subject to change without notice.
In addition to the fees outlined in the Program Fees section, the following additional costs apply:
- Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at the CMTN Bookstore)
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Classroom Supplies
- Appropriate clothing
A growing need for electricians has been identified in northwestern BC as resource development opportunities increase and as older workers begin to retire from existing positions in established industries. Graduates find employment as electrical apprentices installing and maintaining lighting, heating, control, alarm, data and commercial systems in residential, commercial and industrial settings and numerous other related fields.