The program teaches aspects of residential, commercial and industrial wiring with a focus on residential. The curriculum follows the Skilled Trades BC, BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development guidelines for the first year of the "in class" component of the electrical apprenticeship, which includes installation of electrical equipment in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code.
Students engage in a variety of classroom, lab and shop activities. Students learn theoretical principals of electricity in the classroom, test their knowledge in the lab, and apply their knowledge in the shop where they design, install and construct electrical power, lighting and control systems in compliance with provincial and national codes.
Students earn credit for the Level One technical training component of the electrical apprenticeship as well as advance credit for 350 work-based hours of the practical on-the-job component of an apprenticeship.
Graduates of the Electrical Foundation Program at Selkirk College find employment as electrical apprentices engaged in the installation and maintenance of electrical power, lighting, heating, control, alarm, data and communication systems in residential, commercial and industrial settings as well as numerous other related fields.
Learn Vital Industry Standards
- Canadian Electrical Code Regulations and Standards
- Circuit concepts and basics
- Control circuit installation
- Low voltage distributions systems installation
- Read and interpret drawings and manuals
- Safe work practices
- Test equipment usage
The program addresses the need to cultivate relevant skills such as teamwork, effective communications, problem solving, quality of workmanship and the ability to adapt to ever evolving workplace conditions.
Youth Train in Trades
The Youth Train in Trades program is designed to help secondary school students get a head start on careers in the trades while earning credit towards their high school graduation. Learn more online at Skilled Trades BC.
For more information, speak with your high school guidance counsellor or get in touch with Selkirk College’s Industry and Trades administrative assistant.
Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:
- Use safe work practices.
- Apply circuit concepts.
- Use test equipment.
- Read and interpret drawings and manuals.
- Install low voltage distribution systems.
- Install electrical equipment.
- Install control circuits and devices.
- Graduation from a British Columbia Senior Secondary School or equivalent.
- Pre-Calculus 11, or Selkirk AUD Math 50, with a minimum of 60% or better.
- Consideration will be given to mature individuals (19 years or older) who are not senior secondary school graduates, provided they are working to complete the recommended education:
- Grade 11 or equivalent including English 11, Mathematics 11
- Grade 12 preferred
- All applicants are required to complete a computerized placement test using the College Readiness Tool (CRT) in reading, writing and mathematics once they have submitted their application.
- Employers may require higher level of Math as part of their hiring policies.
- A refundable tool deposit of $100 will be required at the start of the program.
- Physically fit, (mobility/lifting) good manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, balance, work at heights & in adverse weather.
- Basic computer are skills highly recommended
Minimum of 70% required to receive credential
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