Program Overview

Electrical Techniques is a one-year Ontario college certificate program. Students will learn the foundational knowledge of electrical fundamentals and theories. A variety of courses will discuss troubleshooting digital electronics, network cabling, installation practices, and industry communication. This program is designed to prepare students to enter an electrical apprenticeship program upon graduation.

Program Details

Program Code
ELT1
Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Weekend
Duration Next
30 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 January
London
Open
2023 September
London
Open
2023 September
London Campus Weekend
Open
2023 September
Kincardine
Open
2024 January
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
London
Open
2023 September
London Campus Weekend
Open
2023 September
Kincardine
Open
2024 January
London
Open

Your Learning Experience

There’s nothing quite like working with your hands and seeing the real results of a good day’s work. If you’re looking to begin a career in the dynamic and in-demand world of an electrician, Fanshawe’s Electrical Techniques program will provide a solid foundation of skills. If you want to achieve your network cabling specialist certification or kickstart your electrical apprenticeship training, this course is for you.

You’ll begin the electrician program by familiarizing yourself with electrical fundamentals and theories. You’ll learn from a variety of courses, such as the fire alarm technician course, with takeaways including how to troubleshoot digital electronics and network cabling, installation practices, and industry communication. You’ll take these fundamentals into cutting-edge labs, where you’ll put your training to work. 

You’ll graduate ready and able to work as an Industrial Electrician Apprentice, Construction and Maintenance Electrician Apprentice, Network Cabling Specialist, or Fire Alarm Technician. Even better, you can select between daytime delivery and weekend delivery (Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday) options to suit your lifestyle. 

This program is offered at more than one campus for your convenience. Learn more about the programs and services of Fanshawe’s campuses in London and Clinton.

 

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Electrical Techniques program will have the fundamental electrical skills and the knowledge necessary to seek employment as apprentices in:

  • electrical construction and maintenance
  • industrial electrician
  • network cabling technician
  • independent contractor
  • other related electrical trades

 

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

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Electrical Techniques program:

Electrical Draftsperson
Produce draft drawings of electrical systems and components for permit and construction projects.

Electrical Panel Builder
Wire electrical panels and ensure all electrical components adhere to standards.

Journey Electrician Apprentice

Support the renewable energy team by operating electrical switchgear, breakers, motor control centre and related equipment.

Program Progression
Intake Fall Winter Summer
Fall Intake Start Level 1 Level 2  
Winter Intake   Start Level 1 Level 2

 

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Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. assist in the interpretation and preparation of electrical drawings including other related documents and graphics.

2. analyze and solve simple technical problems related to basic electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles.

3. use and maintain test and instrumentation equipment.

4. assemble basic electrical circuits and equipment to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.

5. assist in the installation and troubleshooting of basic electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.

6. assist in testing and troubleshooting electrical and electronic circuits, equipment, and systems by using established procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.

7. assist in the troubleshooting of control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.

8. use computer skills and tools to solve basic electrical related problems.

9. assist in conducting quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.

10. assist in the preparation and maintenance of records and documentation systems.

11. install and assist in testing telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.

12. apply health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces.

13. perform tasks in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and ethical principles.

14. apply basic electrical cabling requirements and install and test system grounding for a specified number of applications under the supervision of a qualified person.

15. identify problems and troubleshoot electrical systems under the supervision of a qualified person.

16. assist in the selection of electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.

 

Program Coordinator:

Ke Liu

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
OR
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Construction Technology (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) OR Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  • Credit for any course in the program will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have the required skills to meet the objectives of the course or equivalent college credit.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Note:
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Electrical Techniques program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Electrical Techniques program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Electrical Techniques program. 

Courses

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
DIGL-1025Troubleshooting Digital Electronics3
This course introduces students to Digital Electronics and Troubleshooting concepts through a practical hands-on approach in both the lecture and lab environments. Students will explore design through industry standard software, gain desired skills through professional soldering techniques, learn to manage time through project development and be able to confidently troubleshoot basic electronic devices using industrial test equipment. This course was created to offer the student practical skills and abilities to compete for a broader range of employment opportunities.
ELEC-1134Electrical Theory5
This electrical theory course introduces the students to the fundamental principles of Direct Current (DC) electricity. Students will gain further understanding of these principles by studying the voltage, current, resistance and power relationships through applied lab testing. The constructing of series, parallel and combination resistive circuits in the lab environment allows the student to establish a firm foundation of knowledge required for the electrical trade. Students will also learn how to use various electronic instruments such as a digital multimeter and DC power supply. Fundamental concepts of mathematics required to understand the theory of electricity and electronics are also studied and applied.
ELEC-1135Prints & Installation3
This course will introduce the student to Electrical Systems used in dwelling units. Students will prepare a set of electrical floor plans, elevations, legend of symbols, schedules and details.
ELEC-1092Industrial Communication1.5
The course gives an overview of several popular computer applications and presentation techniques. The student will be introduced to researching a subject on the internet and then use that information to develop original material. Microsoft Office will be the application through which the content is developed, specifically, writing text with MS Word, manipulating data through Excel, communicating through Email and presenting the results through PowerPoint. Basic AutoCAD will also be taught.
SFTY-1051Tools & Workplace Techniques2.5
This course is designed to prepare students for a career in the electrical trade. The course focuses on the development of trade terminology, workplace safety, tool use and maintenance. Weekly labs familiarize students with materials used in the trade and the correct usage of tools to cut, strip and terminate wires. Students will develop a basic understanding of the Canadian Electrical Code and its application to the installation in the electrical industry.
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Tuition Summary

Canadian Costs
$3,878.32
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$15,624.80
Total Cost of Program

Kincardine

Canadian Costs
$1,617.73
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$7,490.97
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

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