The Construction Electrician Foundation program is designed to prepare students for positions as apprentice electricians with companies that perform residential electrical work.
Students learn in the classroom, lab and workshop using materials and resources found on the job. In addition to math, physics and fundamental electrical concepts, students learn about heating, lighting and alarm systems. They also learn to interpret sketches, use a range of tools, test equipment and follow the Canadian Electrical Code. Safety regulations, WorkSafeBC protocols and even effective career strategies are also covered.
Students will also learn all of the general area competencies required for work-based training and Level 1, understand the apprentice pathway to certification, and be prepared to write the ITA exam for Level 1 at the conclusion of the technical training.
Along with the hands-on training on campus, students take part in a 175-hour field study in order to gain real work experience on the job.
Field Study (5 weeks)
This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for the five weeks in order to gain the valuable “real world” experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory. Students must successfully complete all of their courses prior to their field study.