Build your expertise in complex electrical equipment as an Industrial Electrician - 2022/2023
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.
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.
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Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Industrial Electrician Apprentice (Block Release) [Apprenticeship] program:
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.
Industrial Electrician Apprentice-2022/2023
|ELNC-1056||Electrical Code 1||2|
|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.|
|ELNC-1057||Electrical Prints 1||2|
|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.|
|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.|
|ELEC-1086||Electrical Theory 1||4|
|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.|
|ELNC-1063||Electrical Code 2||3|
|Upon successful completion of Canadian Electrical Code 2, the apprentice is able to: interpret the CEC requirements pertaining to the installations for: interior and exterior lighting systems; fire alarms and fire pumps, emergency systems, unit equipment and exit signs; fuses, circuit breakers and ground fault protection and control devices; equipment in hazardous locations; hospitals and patient care areas; storage batteries; individual continuous and non-contiguous duty service motors; and to calculate conductor and overcurrent device sizes required for specific continuous and non-continuous loads and the minimum ampacity of conductors and overcurrent devices for apartment and similar buildings.|
|ELNC-1064||Electrical Prints 2||2|
|Upon successful completion of Prints 2, the apprentice is able to: determine utility location and site features using site drawings; determine methods of construction using architectural and structural drawings; determine the electrical characteristics and layout of mechanical equipment and systems; lay out commercial distribution and service equipment and wiring; lay out branch circuit for lighting and equipment; prepare a material take off using drawings, specifications; prepare sketches to solve and document construction problems and solutions; prepare as-built drawings; and develop basic single line, schematic, and wiring diagrams.|
|ELNC-1065||Electrical Theory 2||6|
|Upon successful completion of Theory 2, the apprentice is able to: describe magnetic flux and flux density; solve problems associated with magnetic energy; explain Ohm's Law as applied to magnetic circuits; describe factors which affect inductance and perform related calculations; apply Fleming's hand rules and Lenz's law; describe the types, construction, operation and characteristics of DC machines; describe a sine wave; calculate RMS, average, maximum, and instantaneous values; calculate frequency, electrical and mechanical degrees; calculate phasors, vectors and vector diagrams; describe the effects of alternating voltage and current in a resistive device; calculate inductive reactance, voltage, current, and power of an inductive circuit; calculate capacitive reactance, voltage, current, power and phase relationships of a capacitive circuit; calculate values for RL/RC/RLC series and parallel circuits; and calculate resonant circuits.|
|ELNC-1066||Installation Methods 2||3|
|Upon successful completion of Installation Methods 2, the apprentice is able to: Identify the mechanical parts, windings and wiring connections of DC machines; demonstrate manual and magnetic across-the-line starting techniques for motors; demonstrate methods for forwardreverse control of motors; demonstrate reduced voltage starting techniques for DC motors; identify the mechanical parts, windings, and wiring connections for a single- and three-phase squirrel cage induction AC motor (SCIM); demonstrate manual and magnetic across-the-line starting techniques for single- and three-phase squirrel cage motors; demonstrate methods for forward and reverse control of single- and three-phase squirrel cage motors; demonstrate the control of a Single Phase Capacitor Start Dual Voltage Motor with a reversing drum switch, manual starter and a reversing magnetic starter; state the procedures for installing and aligning belt driven motors; and calculate and connect single-phase, 3-wire transformer services.|
|Upon successful completion of Instrumentation 2, the apprentice is able to: identify and describe the operation of various level and flow sensing instruments; draw basic process and instrument diagrams using standard ISA instrumentation symbols; explain the operation and applications of typical level and flow measurement devices and transmitters; demonstrate the hydrostatic pressure principle of liquid level measurement; predict with calculations the effect of liquids of different specific gravities on the system; demonstrate the use of the venturi and the orifice plate in flow measurement; and install, connect and test load cells in typical weight measurement applications.|
|Upon successful completion of Electronics 2, the apprentice will have demonstrated the ability to: use an oscilloscope to test circuits; explain the importance of isolation when using test equipment; describe and demonstrate half and full wave rectification; connect capacitors and inductors to filter a power supply output; demonstrate the use of a zener diode as a regulator; demonstrate the operation of an SCR; demonstrate the operation of a DIAC and TRIAC; demonstrate how a DIAC and RC network can be used to phase shift a TRIAC; describe the operation and applications of a pulse transformer; explain the operation of a field effect transistor (FET) and operational amp (Op Amp); calculate the expected gain of inverting and noninverting OP-Amp circuits; and demonstrate the operation of an Op-Amp used as a comparator and an amplifier.|
|ELNC-1069||Monitoring & Communications Systems 2||2|
|Upon successful completion of Monitoring & Communication Systems 2, the apprentice will have demonstrated the ability to: describe the operation, installation, testing and troubleshooting requirements for initiation, signal, ancillary and supervisory circuits and devices, in a single two stage fire alarm system using the NBC, CEC, ULC and manufacturer's documentation; describe the basic operation of wet and dry sprinkler systems; describe the fire suppression agents, components and systems used in fire suppression systems; describe the methods used to terminate and test fibre optic cables; demonstrate an understanding intrusion systems and devices; describe the wiring and operation of nurse call systems; demonstrate the wiring and operation of nurse call systems; layout and wire common paging and communications systems; describe the operation of institutional clock systems; and describe the operation and installation requirements for common home automation systems.|
|ELNC-1071||Electrical Code 3||2|
|Upon successful completion of Canadian Electrical Code 3, the apprentice is able to: interpret the CEC requirements pertaining to the installations for: two or more continuous and non-continuous duty service motor on a feeder or branch circuit; hermetic refrigerant motor compressor; power and distribution transformers on a feeder and branch circuit; welders on a feeder and branch circuit; capacitors on a feeder, branch circuit and motor branch circuit; high voltage installations; overcurrent device selection based on load, interrupting ratings and coordination.|
|ELNC-1073||Electrical Theory 3||4|
|Upon successful completion of Electrical Theory 3, the apprentice is able to: list the advantages of three phase circuits over single phase circuits; state the advantages and disadvantages of three phase Wye and Delta systems; calculate voltage, current, power and power factor for three-phase wye and delta systems, three-phase series and parallel RLC circuits; connect watt meters, power-factor meters and phase-angle meters in a three-phase system; list different types of transformers and their applications and associated losses; explain the principles of three-phase open delta connections; describe the theory of operation and the synchronizing of alternators; illustrate by calculation the principles for single- and three-phase power conversion; describe the construction, operation and troubleshooting procedures for single- and three-phase AC induction motors; identify connections for multiple voltages and speeds for AC motors; describe the construction, operation and troubleshooting procedures for AC wound rotor motors; describe the construction, operation, power factor correction and troubleshooting procedures for three-phase synchronous motors; state the types of insulation classifications and applications using AC motors; and describe motor specifications and procedures for adjustments and lubrication.|
|Upon successful completion of Instrumentation 3, the apprentice is able to: describe the use and list the requirements for instrumentation air supplies; explain terminology of instrumentation systems; describe the operation and applications of proportional 3-15 psi pneumatic instrumentation systems; connect and adjust pneumatic control valves to current/pressure (I/P) and pressure/current (P/I) devices; calibrate typical pneumatic valves; explain the principles of ON/OFF control; identify the four basic elements of a control system; explain the two general categories of automatic control and shielded cable in instrumentation systems; demonstrate shield grounding techniques; connect, program and test microprocessor based ultrasonic measuring transmitters; explain the operation and application of position measurement devices; install, connect and test resolver and shaft encoders; explain the principles of Proportional Integrated Derivative (PID) control; explain the advantages and limitations of the common methods of communicating instrumentation information; and revise and explain control loops on instrumentation drawings.|
|Upon successful completion of Electronics 3, the apprentice is able to: state how threephase rectification is accomplished; connect a single quadrant DC motor drive system; describe the relationship between firing angle, load, voltage, CEMF, and motor speed; describe application of two and four quadrant drive systems; describe and connect open and closed loop speed control systems; explain the operation of DC chopper drive controller; connect, calibrate and test an SCR speed controller for a DC system motor; describe the operation of a three-phase AC variable speed drive controller; connect, calibrate and confirm the operation of an AC variable speed drive controller; identify the major components of AC variable speed drive controller; explain the procedure to test, remove and replace the output transistors in an AC variable speed drive; describe the effects of harmonics on AC systems; explain the operation of reactors and their application to AC variable speed drive systems to control harmonics on AC Power Systems; describe the operation and application of encoders, resolvers, and tacho generators as feedback devices; and explain the operation of and identify hardware and protocol for serial communication.|
|Upon successful completion of Installation Methods 3, the apprentice is able to: test transformers to determine polarity, impedance, winding ratio and insulation resistance; connect three-phase transformers in wye and delta configurations; connect three-phase RLC loads to transformers in balanced and unbalanced configurations; connect single- and three-phase auto transformers for reduced voltage motor starting; identify the parts and connections for a three phase wound rotor motor; describe the effects of differing resistance in the rotor circuit of a wound rotor motor under varying loads; connect a two-speed control circuit for a two-speed squirrel-cage motor. State the functions and applications of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC); determine language and addressing requirements of a PLC; demonstrate the programming of common relay instructions, timers, counters, mathematic functions, and word comparisons on a PLC; identify methods and hard wiring of PLC's to equipment; demonstrate methods of testing PLC inputs and outputs; and design programs to operate machines in a required manner using many of the internal functions of a PLC.|
|This is a Level III course in the Construction and Maintenance Electrical Apprenticeship program dealing with Construction Blueprint Reading for electrical installations in large buildings.|
|This is a Level III course in the Electrical Apprenticeship program specifically for the Industrial Electrician option. The course teaches the principles of fluid power and gives an overview of fluid power systems used in industry. The students will develop the understanding of the operation of the operation of these systems for troubleshooting purposes.|