Construction and Maintenance Electrician Training Allows For Variety of Career Options

Did you know that a construction and maintenance electrician has the option of working in areas such as service, installation, repairs, sales, and design? These professionals work in the construction industry and may be responsible for tasks such as: reading and interpreting drawings, circuit diagrams and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts for new or existing installations; installing, replacing and repairing lighting fixtures and electrical control and distribution equipment; splicing, joining and connecting wire to fixtures and components to form circuits; testing continuity of circuits using test equipment to ensure compatibility and safety of system following installation, replacement or repair; troubleshooting and isolating faults in electrical and electronic systems and remove and replace faulty components; and more.

As such, a construction and maintenance electrician must have extensive knowledge of electrical circuits, maintenance of electrical instruments or devices, operation of electrical motors and power transmission as used in the industry. Centennial College's two-year offering, known officially as Electrician: Construction and Maintenance — Electrician Engineering Technician, offers students all of this know-how through a lecture and practical application combination.

To apply for the construction and maintenance electricians offering, interested parties must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must have finished the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment as well as the Math Grade 11 M, C or U or Grade 12 M, C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment. Lastly a questionnaire, resume and references to determine apprenticeship employability as well as an employer interview may be required.

Once accepted, students train as apprentices in the electrician trade while simultaneously obtaining their diploma. Due to this approach, their students' is split between the campus and a co-op apprenticeship placement. Beginning on campus, construction and maintenance electrician students attend courses such as: three levels of Electrical Codes and Prints, three levels of Electrical Theory, three levels of Installation Methods, three levels of Electronics, and more. Additionally, the future construction and maintenance electricians experience a project approach that simulates actual workplace assignments. Meanwhile, the co-op feature, which lasts eight months, allows these future construction and maintenance electricians to apply what they have learned during their time in the Centennial College lectures and labs. The college arranges the placement and the hours earned during the co-op placement are counted towards the practical part of apprenticeship training. This allows for application of the skills learned in school and network while being compensated.

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