Electrician Apprentice (Advanced) Curriculum

Apprenticeship for February 2022

Credential: Certificate of Successful Completion ( 11 weeks )
Classes begin:
February 14, 2022
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$550.00 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

Units/ Hours: 50

Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice will be 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.

Units/ Hours: 60

Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice will be 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 wattmeters, 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, 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.

Units/ Hours: 40

Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice will be able to: state how three-phase 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 tachogenerators as feedback devices; and, explain the operation of and identify hardware and protocol for serial communication.

ELCT 132
Units/ Hours: 40

Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice will be 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 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; and, connect a two-speed control circuit for a two-speed squirrel-cage motor.

ELCT 131
Units/ Hours: 40

Upon completion of this course, the apprentice will be able to: 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.

Units/ Hours: 40

Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice will be 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; revise and explain control loops on instrumentation drawings.

ELCT 118
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is for those apprentices who are preparing to write the examination for their Certificate of Qualification. Classes are conducted in a very informal setting, and you will be encouraged to ask questions. Students who have taken these courses in the past have been very successful when writing the CFQ.

Units/ Hours: 30

Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice will be able to: obtain installation details for a construction project from a complete set of drawings and specifications; develop complex single line, schematic and wiring diagrams; layout single- and three-phase systems for feeder and branch circuits from utility supply to utilization points; calculate pulling stresses on a conductor/cable; layout the grounding and bonding requirements for high-voltage indoor and outdoor substations and vaults; identify precautions for installing stress cones; describe the requirements for terminating shielded and concentric neutral high-voltage cables; and, describe the testing methods and safety requirements for testing high-voltage cables.