This 12-week, full-time program is designed to offer an alternate route to those looking to enter the Electrician trade. If you are struggling to find an employer willing to indenture you as an Electrician apprentice, this program may be right for you. This program covers all course materials received by a first-year Electrician apprentice, as well as additional basic wiring skills and safety training. The program prepares students to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills and, upon successful completion of the program, to challenge the first year Electrician apprenticeship exam.
Electricians play a critical role in many industries including mining, oil and gas extraction, construction, transportation and warehousing, manufacturing, and wholesale trade. Electricians in the construction industry can further specialize in residential (housing developments), commercial (office buildings), institutional (hospitals) and industrial (plants, factories) types of installations. They install, alter, repair and maintain electrical or live alarm systems designed to provide heat, light, power and controls for all types of buildings, structures and premises.
While on the job, they may perform some of the following duties:
- read and interpret electrical, mechanical, and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts;
- cut, thread, bend, assemble, and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings;
- install distribution and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuit breaker panels, and fuse enclosures;
- install data cabling and test circuits to ensure integrity and safety;
- install and maintain fibre optic systems;
- install, replace, maintain, and repair renewable power sources and related equipment.
Graduates of the Pre-Employment Electrician program have a high employment rate.
AIT will recognize students who successfully complete this program. The students will have the opportunity to write the provincial level 1 Apprenticeship Trade Examination.
Credentials and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Polytechnic Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.
Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- Math 20-1, Math 20-2, Math 20-3, Pure Math 20, or Applied Math 20, AND,
- English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2, AND,
- Science 10
- All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
- A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 5) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.
Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.