Program Overview

The Electrician (Construction and Maintenance) Apprenticeship is an Ontario college certificate program. Students will learn the ins and outs of electrical theory and gain specialized skills. Students will learn to read and interpret drawings, install conduit and connect wire. Students will have the opportunity to apply their skills on-site through the apprenticeship component. Graduates will feel confident in laying out, connecting, repairing and maintaining electrical systems.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Certificate

Your Learning Experience

The power that runs our cities, towns, and the economy relies on skilled professionals. Fanshawe’s Electrician – Construction/Maintenance (Block Release) [Apprenticeship] program will give your career dreams the spark they need.

As a career, construction and maintenance electricians lay out, connect, repair and maintain an electrical system and equipment. You’ll work with cutting-edge technology, learning the ins and outs of electrical theory along with specialized technical skills. As well, you’ll be trained to maintain digital networks, the vital pathways that connect the modern world.

With the apprenticeship training component of the program, you’ll learn to read and interpret drawings, install conduit and connect wire while following electrical code specifications. If you're ready to work and want to combine technical training with earning power, your apprenticeship will mix workplace-based training under the direction of experienced construction electricians with shorter lengths of classroom or online training.

The modern electrical sector is dynamic and always evolving. The skills you’ll learn at Fanshawe, combined with your work experience, will prepare you for a career as an electrician.


This is an apprenticeship program. You cannot apply to this program through Applicants need a sponsor/employer. Your sponsor/employer must register you with:

Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD)
Apprenticeship/Client Services
72-1200 Commissioners Road East 
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3 
MLTSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.


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Career Information

Graduates will find a rewarding and interesting career in their field of choice and look forward to doing something different every day. Career roles could include:

  • electrician
  • engineering assistant
  • research assistant
  • control technician
  • residential electrical installer
  • fibre-optics specialist
  • fire alarm specialist
  • control technician
  • electronics specialist
  • repair specialist
  • instrument fitter 

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Electrician (Construction and Maintenance) (Block Release) [Apprenticeship] program:

Construction and Maintenance Electrician
Troubleshoot and repair electrical equipment in commercial and industrial facilities.


Plan, assemble, connect, install, repair, inspect, test and maintain electrical systems in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings.

Learning Outcomes


Program Coordinator:

Rob Brown

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.


Level 1-Basic
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
DRAF-1013Electrical Code2
The apprentice will be able to apply the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code - Part 1 (CEC) to identify and interpret the general requirements of the CEC; identify and interpret the CEC requirements for conductor ampacity including free air, above and underground installations, grounding and bonding, wiring methods, class 1 and 2 circuits, receptacles and lighting in residential occupancies, single-dwelling and dwelling units, pools, tubs and spas, and temporary installations; and be able to calculate the service requirements for a residential occupancy, single-dwelling and row-housing.
The apprentice will be able to identify and interpret the alpha numerical lines; use the metric and imperial scales and be able to convert between them; obtain information from architectural, structural and mechanical drawings, specifications, building code and CEC to complete an electrical installation for a single-dwelling; draw and label a panel schematic for a single-dwelling; and complete a material take-off for a single dwelling.
This course teaches the apprentice to to identify schematic symbols for North American and European basic logic gates; describe the operation of basic logic gates; use basic logic gates to create digital logic circuits; state Boolean equations for simple logic gates; design and test combination logic circuits; describe the voltage requirements for TTL and CMOS logic circuits; demonstrate the use of R.S. and D type flip-flop; use a logic probe to troubleshoot a digital circuit; demonstrate procedures for soldering and de-soldering; state the standard resistor colour code; connect resistors in series, parallel and combination circuits; describe the properties of N and P type semiconductor materials; explain current, voltage and biasing requirements for silicon and germanium diodes, and LED's demonstrate the operation of a bipolar diode; identify the symbols for and describe the operation and biasing for NPN and PNP Bipolar transistors; demonstrate how a transistor can be used as a switch; demonstrate the common applications for an opto-coupler.
ELEC-1024Electrical Theory4
This course includes electron theory; define voltage, current and resistance, as well as electrical and mechanical power and energy; describe the effects of electricity on the human body; explain the principles of common sources of Electro-Motive Force (EMF); and to analyze series, parallel and combination DC circuits by applying Ohm's Law and Kirchoff's Laws; describe magnetic lines of force and list their characteristics; describe the relationship between magnetism and EMF.
This course teaches the apprentice to be able to explain common terms used in instrumentation systems; work with the SI and Imperial system of measurement for pressure and temperature; convert between the four temperature scales; describe the operation, applications and limitations of thermocouples, thermistors, and RTD's; install, connect, and test thermocouples, thermistors, and RTD's; identify deformation elements of pressuring measuring equipment; determine the accuracy of pressure measuring equipment; explain relationships between gauge and absolute pressure, and vacuum; explain the operation, construction and applications of typical industrial pressure sensors; Identify ISA instrumentation symbols and draw basic process (P) and Instrumentation (I) diagrams for pressure and temperature devices; explain the operation of light and sound meters.
ELEC-1040Installation Methods3
This course teaches apprentices to demonstrate the operation of common hand and power tools; install common switching devices, outlets and enclosures; correctly terminate conductors; demonstrate the installation procedures for non-metallic sheathed cable, armoured cable, mineral insulated cable, rigid conduits, flexible conduits, liquid-tight conduit, electrical metallic tubing, and electrical non-metallic tubing, including supports and tools required; install a 100 amp. residential consumer's service and associated branch circuits; layout a service mast installation; install door, signal and extra-low voltage lighting devices; identify and terminate copper communication and hard wired cables.
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