Construction and maintenance electrician is a certified trade in Canada, which means a person working in this trade must hold a valid qualification certificate and be registered as an apprentice. The certificate of qualification or the certificate of apprenticeship is given to individuals who successfully complete their apprenticeship program and pass the trade examination.

Certified individuals can work as electricians in construction and maintenance field and can look forward to rewarding careers in the areas of service, installation, sales, repairs and design, depending upon their specific career interests.

Electrician: Construction and Maintenance Program

Requirements for both in-school apprenticeship curriculum and an Ontario College diploma are completed through a post-secondary program in construction and maintenance - electrical engineering technician. This is a unique program that provides interested individuals with solid grounding in engineering fundamentals, lab experience and job experience in a paid co-op placement.

The two-year program trains students in:

  • Canadian Electrical Code
  • Electrical Theory
  • Installation Methods
  • Electronics
  • AutoCAD
  • Network and Adv Control System
  • Prints
  • Power Generation and Distribution
  • Ethics in Technology and Environment

The program helps students obtain a thorough grounding in electrical engineering sciences and skills, including electrical circuits, maintenance of electrical instruments or devices, operation of electrical motors and power transmission.

Apart from this, it also includes a co-op placement component through which students get an opportunity to work with a company and gain real world work experience. This not only helps them in applying their learning into practice but also helps in gaining relevant industry contacts that can be used in future as references.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for this program, students will need:

  • Secondary school diploma certificate or equivalent
  • Required minimum scores in English Grade 12 C or University, or equivalent
  • Required minimum scores in Math Grade 11 M or 12 C or University, or equivalent

In addition, they are also required to:

  • Complete a questionnaire to assess co-op employability
  • Be eligible to work as an apprenticeship in Ontario
  • Present a credential evaluation by an independent organization, if educated outside of Canada

Studying Construction and Maintenance Electrician Program in Ontario

Numerous colleges across Ontario offer apprenticeship courses in the areas of construction and maintenance engineering. Unfortunately, not all provide students with the required industry exposure. A program is worth considering, if it:

  • Takes a project approach to learning and incorporates actual workplace assignments, in addition to in-class theory sessions
  • Offers on-the-job experience
  • Provides paid co-op placement
  • Offers excellent career services
  • Is delivered by faculty members who have strong academic and industry backgrounds
  • Assists students with the sourcing of and preparation for co-op work placement opportunities
  • Fulfills requirements for a college diploma as well as in-school apprenticeship curriculum

Centennial College's apprenticeship program fulfills all the above requirements and thus, makes the right choice for those who wish to gain thorough grounding in electrical engineering sciences and prepare for the certification of apprenticeship.