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Electrician Applied Certificate


Program Start: 21 August 2023
Application Deadline: 14 August 2023
Location: Nipawin
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 17 weeks

Overview:

Want to jump into the construction workforce? Check out the Electrician Applied Certificate program. At just 17 weeks long, it provides the basic knowledge and skills you need for an entry-level job.

Instructors with actual industry experience will help you learn how to install, test, replace and repair lighting fixtures, wiring and electrical equipment. You'll get lots of hands-on practice using standard tools of the trade. You'll also learn how to read and interpret construction drawings.

Electrician is a skilled trade. Having an applied certificate will get you noticed by employers and put you on the fast track to having a career as an electrician. The more education and experience you get, the higher you can climb on the wage-earning ladder. A fourth-year journeyperson electrician can earn double the hourly wage of a first-year electrician apprentice.

Requirements:

  • Grade 11 with Foundations of Mathematics 20 or Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 20 or Pre-Calculus 20. (Previous Saskatchewan Math 20 also accepted.)
  • English Language Requirement
Tuition: $3,500*
Books & Supplies: $1,200*
Student Fees: $95
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.

Careers:

Graduates may find employment with electrical contractors, large manufacturing and mining firms, retail outlets or wholesale outlets.

Trade time and academic credit maybe available for graduates who find
employment in the trade and register as apprentices.

Electrical Applied Certificate includes the following courses

Conductors and Branch Circuits (BWC 121)

You will be introduced to different conductor and insulation materials. You will be able to calculate conductor cross-sectional area, conductor resistance, line drop, and line loss. You will be able to determine conductor ampacity, overcurrent device rating, and bonding conductor size for appliance, receptacle, and lighting branch circuits. You will be able to design an electrical layout for a single dwelling and complete an estimate for the installation.


Essential Job Skills (JOBS 125)

You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.

 

Equivalent Course(s):  COMM 105, COMM 127


Extra Low Voltage, Magnetism and Meters (BWC 122)

Your studies will focus on the inter-relationship of magnetism and electricity. You will use meters to measure electrical properties (such as volts, amps, resistance, power and energy). You will install basic signal systems and typical residential remote control relay systems using industry installation standards and trade standards of workmanship.


Introductory Electrical Theory and Practices (BT 100)

You will gain an understanding of the electrician trade, electrical theory and electrical terminology through classroom and lab experiences. Your studies will help you become familiar with basic electrical circuits and components used in electrical equipment. You will terminate conductors and install typical lighting and receptacle circuits.


Resistive Circuit Analysis (BT141)

You will prove Ohm’s Law, Watt’s Law, and Kirchoff’s Laws through classroom and laboratory experiences. You will apply these laws to solve series, parallel, combination, and three-wire circuit problems. You will become familiar with the terminology, operation, and connection of cells and batteries.


Safety and Personal Protective Equipment (SFTY 130)

You will be introduced to the Occupational Health and Safety requirements for the electrician trade. You will learn about personal protective equipment that is required when working in the electrical trade. You will learn about arc flash hazards. You will learn how to utilize ladders and scaffolds safely. You will be introduced to basic rigging equipment, calculations, and operations. You will learn about Occupational Health and Safety requirements for rigging operations and equipment.


Single Dwelling Plans, Lighting and Services (PLS 122)

Your studies will focus on electrical drawings and the installation requirements for single dwelling services. You will learn how to read and interpret construction drawings and apply lighting theory to determine lighting requirements for installations. You will also learn how to calculate the minimum size of service equipment. You will install a typical 100 amp overhead and underground single dwelling service.


Tools and Fasteners (TOOL 149)

You will learn how to use hand and power tools common to the electrician trade. You will learn how to safely operate and maintain powder actuated tools. You will learn about common fasteners used for wood, metal, masonry, and other materials.


Wiring Methods (Cables) (WM 131)

You will be introduced to installation requirements for electrical circuits using various types of cables. You will become familiar with the minimum Canadian Electrical Code requirements and practice installing typical circuits using various types of cables.


Wiring Methods (Raceways) (WM 132)

You will be introduced to installation requirements for electrical circuits using various types of raceways. You will become familiar with the minimum Canadian Electrical Code requirements and practice installing typical circuits using various types of raceways. You will learn how to bend electrical metallic tubing, PVC conduit, and how to install cable tray.


Prerequisites:

BT 100(concurrent), SFTY 130(concurrent)

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