Program Overview

Fanshawe’s Industrial Electrician program provides apprentices with the knowledge to install, maintain, and repair electrical equipment and electronic controls. This includes everything from light fixtures to electrical motors, transformers and generators. Through troubleshooting and calculating measurements, loads and angles and master theories to solve simple and complex problems, graduates will begin a rewarding career as an Industrial Electrician certified through the Ontario College of Trades.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Certificate

Your Learning Experience

As an Industrial Electrician, you will become an expert in electrical equipment, electronic controls, maintenance of electrical and other communication systems that help electricity flow correctly.


Fanshawe’s Industrial Electrician program is a block release apprenticeship where students combine paid, on-the-job training from skilled tradespeople, with a full-time, on-campus classroom component from experienced skilled trade instructors. The classroom component includes three levels of theoretical training that may take anywhere from 8 to 12-weeks. Apprentices are required to complete all three levels of in-class training, along with the on-the-job training. 


After completing the program and required on-the-job hours, apprentices are eligible to write the Certificate of Qualifications Red Seal exam for Industrial 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
Apprenticeship/Client Services
72-1200 Commissioners Road East 
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3 
MLITSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.


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Career Information

Graduates of the Industrial Electrician Apprentice program are more than prepared to write their trade exam and achieve journeyperson status to start their challenging and high-demand career as an industrial electrician. Graduates will gain practical skills, including the confidence needed when using power tools and the ability to analyze technical drawings, to excel in their new careers.


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 Industrial Electrician Apprentice (Block Release) [Apprenticeship] program:

Industrial Electrician
Install, repair, troubleshoot, maintain, and upgrade electrical components, wiring, and equipment.

Industrial Electrician Apprentice
Plan, install, test, and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices, and related equipment.

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
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
Expected Availability
CreditsFall Winter Summer
Electrical Code 1ELNC-10562NoNoNo
Upon successful completion of Canadian Electrical Code 1, the apprentice is 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.
Electrical Prints 1ELNC-10572NoNoNo
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. 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.
Installation MethodsELEC-10871.5NoNoNo
Upon successful completion of Installation Methods 1, the apprentice is able 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.
Electrical Theory 1ELEC-10864NoNoNo
Upon successful completion of Theory 1,the apprentice is able to understand 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.
Upon successful completion of Instrumentation 1, the apprentice is 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.
Upon successful completion of Electronics 1, the apprentice is able 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.
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