Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Electrician, Industrial

An industrial electrician is a skilled individual who must possess fundamental and specialized knowledge and skills related to the installation and maintenance of electrical devices and components found in industrial settings. Industrial electricians inspect, install, troubleshoot, repair and service electrical equipment such as motors, generators, pumps, heavy duty machines, illumination systems, environmental regulating systems, communication systems; and associated electrical and electronic controls. They are employed by maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, shipyards, oil and gas rigs, plus other industrial enterprises.

Apprenticeship

These programs are offered to indentured industrial electrical apprentices. Industrial electrical apprentices are required to attend in-school technical training 10 weeks per year over a four-year period.

This program requires that apprentices complete:

  • A set of core knowledge competency standards of technical training and,
  • Complete a set of core workplace competency standards for each level of the apprenticeship.

The apprentice will have to provide evidence to a certified assessor to prove competence for the core workplace competency standards. The completion of competency standards will be tracked by the use of a logbook provided for the apprentice and maintained by the apprentice for all four levels of the apprenticeship.

NOTE: Due to the fact that the fourth-year material is intensive and demands a full agenda, a review exam of basic theory that was covered in the first three years will be given on the first day of this course and will be worth five percent of the total mark. This will require each student to review former training material in order to be ready for the fourth year level.

Apprentices should also register with the ITA if they do not have a trade worker ID number. They can download the Apprentice and Sponsor Registration Form and fax it to the Industry Training Authority.

Requirements

Electrical apprentices must pay tuition and purchase the appropriate government published texts and required TRU lab manuals and worksheet packages. Students must have a current edition of the Canadian Electrical Code book.

Required textbooks for third and fourth year
  • Technician’s Guide to Programmable Controllers by Richard A. Cox and Terry Borden, Delmar Publishers
  • Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 (latest edition), by Canadian Standards Association
Suggested textbooks
  • Alternating Current Fundamentals, by John R. Duff and Stephen L. Herman, Delmar Publishers
  • Direct Current Fundamentals, Orla E. Loper and Edgar Tedsen; Delmar Publishers
  • Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers, Sensors, and Communications by Jon Stenerson (2004) ISBN: 0-13-061890-x
  • Electronic Variable Speed Drives, Michael E. Brumbach, Delmar Publishers
  • Fire Alarm Systems – A Reference Manual, by Canadian Fire Alarm Association, Prosafe Publications Ltd.