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Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

The 40-week Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship program 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.

Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs.

Potential students for this program are currently either registered as an apprentice, or they possess a Certificate of Qualification in Construction Electrician, and wish to pursue a career as an Industrial Electrician.

Recommended for success

To be successful in this apprenticeship program, students are recommended to have the following:p>

  • High school graduation

  • English 12 or Communications 12 or English language proficiency

  • Academic Math 11 (60%)

  • Physics 11

  • Physical condition to meet the demands of work: good hearing, eyesight and hand/eye coordination. Apprentices with medical or physical difficulties should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview with the Institute’s rehabilitation specialist.

Education and experience to commence apprenticeship training is in accordance with ITA guidelines for authorized trades.

Check for acceptable equivalent courses taught in BC high schools.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Please visit the BCIT Bookstore to view the list of required books and supplies.

Level 1 Modules - $95
Level 2 Modules - $85
Level 3 Modules - $95
Level 4 Modules - $112

(general estimated cost and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.


Class hours

0730-1430 or 0730-1545, Monday to Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Program delivery

The program is offered full-time, in a classroom and lab setting.

Program matrix

Level 1
Module 1 Fundamentals
Module 2 DC Circuit Analysis
Module 3 Electromagnetism and Applications
Module 4 Meters and Test Equipment - Part 1
Module 5 Prints and Drawings
Module 6 AC Motor Controls - Part 1
Module 7 Electrical Code and Wiring - Part 1
Module 8 Industrial Power Electronics - Part 1
Level 2
Module 9 AC Fundamentals
Module 10 Meters and Test Equipment - Part 2
Module 11 Single Phase AC Circuit
Module 12 Circuit Protection Devices
Module 13 Single Phase Transformers
Module 14 AC Motor Controls - Part 2
Module 15 Lighting
Module 16 Industrial Power Electronics - Part 2
Module 17 Electrical Code and Wiring - Part 2
Level 3
Module 18 Meter and Test Equipment – Part 3
Module 19 Three-Phase Theory
Module 20 Low Voltage Circuits
Module 21 Computer System - Part 1
Module 22 Electrical Motors - Part 1
Module 23 Programmable Logic Controllers
Module 24 Power Distribution System - Part 1
Level 4
Module 25 Measurement and Calibration Test Equipment
Module 26 Electrical and Electronic Drawings
Module 27 Electrical Equipment
Module 28 Variable Speed Drive
Module 29 Computer System - Part 2
Module 30 Electric Motors - Part 2
Module 31 Power Distribution System - Part 2
Module 32 Power Supplies
Module 33 Power Generation Equipment

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

The total amount of in-school, technical training for an electrical apprenticeship is 1,200 hours. The four levels of technical training each consist of ten weeks of full-time training.


The minimum passing grade is 70 percent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

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


BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Ted Simmons, Chief Instructor

Bill Scudamore, Instructor

Clarence Burlock, Instructor

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

BCIT Apprentice Services can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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