Apprenticeship – Electrician

Electricians work in a wide variety of buildings, ships and facilities; on everything from lighting and climate control systems, to communication equipment and thousands of other specific tools and devices. This involves assembling, installing, commissioning, testing, maintaining, servicing and operating electrical systems and equipment. The three main settings in which electricians typically work are: construction, industrial, institutional.

Scroll down or click on the year for an overview of the technical and skills training you will receive on-the-job training as an Electrical Apprentice.

Safety trainings and Additional Resources are listed following Year 4. Remember that before becoming an Apprentice in this trade you will need to have completed your Electrical Foundations Certificate at an accredited learning institution.

Year 1 > Year 2 >Year 3 > Year 4 > Safety & Additional Trainings > Additional Resources

Year 1 – Overview

  • Fundamentals
  • DC Circuits
  • Electromagnetism and Applications
  • Meters and Test Equipment, Part I
  • Prints and Drawings
  • Motor Control, Part I
  • Electrical Code and Wiring, Part I
  • Industrial Power Electronics, Part I
  • Basic drawing reading
  • Basic electrical theory
  • Basic rigging awareness
  • Basic test equipment
  • Basic wire installation techniques
  • Basic wiring diagram reading and comprehension
  • Cable Termination techniques
  • Communications with customers, inspectors and other departments
  • Drill Press
  • Electrical symbols
  • Hand Tools
  • Measuring tools and instruments – demonstrate
  • Power Bandsaw
  • Power Tools
  • Safety
  • Ships Terminology
  • Soldering skills

Year 2

  • AC Fundamentals
  • Meters & Test Equipment, Part II
  • Single-Phase AC Circuits
  • Circuit Protection Devices
  • Single-Phase Transformers
  • AC Motor Controls, Part II
  • Lighting
  • Industrial Power Electronics, Part II

In Years 1 & 2 you will also develop knowledge and skills for Ship’s Wiring, Batteries & Temporary Lighting

Year 3

  • Three-phase AC Circuits
  • Three –phase Transformers
  • DC Machines and Controls
  • AC Machines
  • AC Motor Controls, Part 3
  • Industrial Power Electronics, Part 3
  • Electrical Code and Wiring, Part 3

In Years 2 & 3 you will also develop Intermediate skills for Ship’s Wiring , Batteries & Temporary Lighting, Motors, Generators and Devices​.

Year 4

  • Ability to organize and complete tasks in efficient time
  • Able to liaise effectively with other trades
  • Able to liaise effectively with ship’s personnel
  • Able to work without direct supervision
  • Advanced industrial electronic theory
  • Advanced troubleshooting techniques
  • Computer competency
  • Correct use of lockout procedure
  • Correct use of man aloft procedure
  • Development of good organizational skills
  • Materials and resource requirements
  • Ship’s distribution system
  • Successful completion of own jobs

In Year 4 you will also develop advanced skills for Ship’s Wiring, Motors and Generators.

Safety and Additional Training Years 1-4 with recertification as required

  • Confined Space Procedures
  • Fall Arrest
  • Fire watch
  • Forklift
  • Hot Work Permit
  • Lock out
  • Manlift
  • OFA #1
  • Other
  • Overhead Crane Training
  • Respirator fit test
  • Spill response awareness and procedures
  • Torch Procedures
  • Ergonomics
  • Canadian Military paperwork in relation to specs
  • Use of non-traditional electrical tools I.E. Stud guns, cable tag machines
  • Computer, basic MS Word and Excel

Additional Resources


Available in your local or college/technical institute library

  • Individual Learning Modules (ILM’s) from your technical training
  • Delmar’s Standard Textbook of Electricity by Herman, Delmar Publishers. ISBN 1-4018-2565-6
  • The Canadian Electrical Code (current edition)
  • Electric Motor Control by Alerich, Delmar Publishers. ISBN 1-4180-2870-3
  • Electronics for Industrial Electricians by Herman, Delmar Publishers. ISBN 1-4180-2873-8
  • Electricity for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Related Areas by Alton, pub. Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-1352-4893-0
  • TP127E Transport Canada Electrical Installations – covered by Transport Canada, on-line resource
  • Electric Circuits and Machines by Lister and Rusch. ISBN 0-0280-1809-5
  • Applications of Electrical Construction by Clidero, pub. Nelson. ISBN 0-7725-1719-3
  • Formulas at Work, SkillPlan
  • Practical Problems in Mathematics for Electricians by Garrard, Crawford and Boyd, Delmar Publishers. ISBN 1-4018-9085-7

Electrical Unions:

  • Vancouver: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Local 213
  • Victoria: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Local 230

Definitions & Information Links to Red Seal, Industry Training Authority and Accredited Learning Institutions are available on the lower section of the Apprenticeship Program home page.