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The 4 years Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship program including 40-week in-school training will prepare qualified, skilled and job-ready apprentices for various industries. The program will produce graduates skilled in the application, installation, repair, and calibration and tuning of electrical equipment and control devices used in a variety of industrial sectors.

Graduates will have the knowledge and the hands-on experience in all areas of computerized control, programmable logic controllers and electrical devices. The program will aim to respond to the growing need of highly skilled apprentices in industries such as LNG, pulp and paper, mining, utilities plants, shipbuilding among others.

This program will appeal to learners who enjoy electrical and mechanical work. This program will emphasize hands-on, practical training using equipment typically encountered in industry. It is a viable option for those wishing to enter into an apprenticeship in the field of Industrial Electrical.

The program goals, program objectives and program learning tasks are outlined in the ITA Industrial Electrician Program Outline. The processes for achieving certification are outlined in the ITA Industrial Electrician Program Profile. Students will acquire the specific knowledge and skills required to be successful in the industry, and to achieve Industry Training Authority certification with Red Seal endorsement.

Program goals

Upon successful completion of the proposed apprenticeship, graduates will be able to:

  1. Install of electrical devices and components found in industrial settings.
  2. Inspect and troubleshoot electrical equipment such as motors, generators, pumps, heavy duty machines, illumination systems, environmental regulating systems, communication systems, and associated electrical controls.
  3. Repair and service electrical devices and components.
  4. Calibrate electrical devices and components that are applied to industrial equipment.
  5. Preventive and predictive maintenance of electrical equipment.
  6. Install and program basic motor control and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
  7. Optimize industrial equipment in a variety of industry sectors.
  8. Troubleshoot and remedy intermittent and ongoing process faults and inconsistencies.
  9. Maintain calibration records and drawings through accurate documentation.
  10. Analyse a given situation and establish a plan for remediation of the problem.
  11. Work and communicate effectively as part of a team.

Harmonized Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship

New Industrial Electrician Apprentices starting the program after December 1, 2018 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program.

Harmonized structure: Level 1, 2, 3 are common to Electrical and Industrial Electrician. Level 4 apprentices will be registered into their specific trade: Electrical (CE) or Industrial Electrical (IE)

Harmonized apprentice levels will be regularly scheduled as follows:

  • Level 1 intakes offered after December 1, 2018
  • Level 2 intakes offered after December 1, 2018
  • Level 3 intakes offered after December 1, 2019
  • Level 4 intakes offered after December 1, 2020

Current Industrial Electrician Apprentices will have the following options to complete their training:

Option 1: complete the current program

Apprentices that began their training prior to December 2018 are encouraged to complete each level of training in their current stream as follows:

  • Level 2 by November 30, 2018
  • Level 3 by November 30, 2019
  • Level 4 by November 30, 2020

If you try to register for and the level is unavailable please ask the Apprentice Services Customer Service Representative to add your contact information to the interests list to be notified when additional intakes become available.

Option 2: transition from the current stream to the harmonized stream

Current apprentices that need to transition to the new program will need to complete GAP training in order to enter the new stream. Additional training is required to address the gaps in program content as follows:

  • Transition from current Level 1 to harmonized Level 2 after December 1, 2018 – 10 hours of GAP training will be required
  • Transition from current Level 2 to harmonized Level 3 after December 1, 2019 – 30 hours of GAP training is required
  • Transition from current Level 3 to harmonized Level 4 after December 1, 2020 – GAP training to be determined

Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

After completion of training, a passing grade on the inter-provincial exam will result in the BC Certificate of Apprenticeship, BC Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter-provincial Standard Endorsement, also known as Red Seal.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Ted Simmons, Department Head

Bill Scudamore, Faculty

Clarence Burlock, Faculty

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