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Construction Electrician Foundation

CDI College’s Construction Electrician Foundation program is designed to provide you with the hands-on training needed for an electrical apprenticeship with companies performing residential electrical work.

Hands-on Construction Electrician Courses

Throughout each electrician course in the program, you will learn using the same materials and tools red seal electricians use on the job.

In addition to math, physics and the fundamentals of electrical work, you’ll learn about lighting, heating, and alarm systems.

You’ll also learn how to interpret sketches, test equipment, and follow the Canadian Electrical Code in addition to safety regulations and WorkSafeBC protocols.

Electrician Training for Your New Career

Along with the hands-on training you receive on campus, you’ll also complete a work experience placement to get on-the-job experience. By the end of the program, you’ll also understand the apprentice pathway to certification, and be prepared to write the ITA exam for Level 1.

Program Courses

CES4HBC - Career & Employment Strategies
This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies and the Professionalism & Ethics courses. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the workplace and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students are videotaped during a mock interview and participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview.” All capstone projects not yet collected are due at the end of this course. When available, time will be allotted for students to complete any outstanding assignments.
ELE2004 - Field Study
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 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.
ELE1994 - Program Review & Exam Preparation
This module focuses on a review of all coursework done reinforcing the topics previously taught. It also allows students to practice on exam type questions in preparation for the ITA exam.
ELE1904 - Electrical Installations and Code
Students focus on requirements for overhead and underground electrical service installations, including demand factor calculations, wire sizing, grounding and mounting service equipment. Additionally, students plan time, calculate materials and choose the tools needed for a kitchen and bedroom installation and build a mock residential application. With knowledge learned from all courses analytical techniques for troubleshooting installations are introduced with flow charts to systematically solve a problem and reinforce learning. Students are also re-introduced to the Canadian Electrical Code, studying selected sections of the Canadian Electrical Code applicable to residential installations. Emphasis is placed on practical application of the code.
ELE1804 - Analyze Electronic Circuits
Students are introduced to fundamental characteristics of semi-conductors and solid-state components using a variety of power supplies, transistors, and diodes to construct rectifier circuits. Lab analysis is employed to observe operating characteristics of these circuits.
ELE1704 - Motor Control
An extensive coverage of industrial motor control systems is undertaken. Students learn elementary control circuits, then design, construct, and troubleshoot elaborate circuits. This portion of the program includes extensive lab and shop components. Wiring systems unique to industrial and commercial settings are studied and installed in the shop.
ELE1604 - User Manuals and Manufacturer’s Instructions
Reference manuals and manufacturer’s instructions have become important to the success of an electrician. The student will learn to apply manuals and instructions for equipment operation, maintenance, warranty, assembly, safety, installation troubleshooting, and contact information.
ELE1504 - Construction and Circuit Drawings
Students engage in the practice of reading and interpretation of working drawings, circuit drawings and sketches. Electrical blueprints plans are studied with emphasis on power, risers, block diagrams, and the conversion between schematic diagrams and wiring diagrams.
ELE1404 - Meters and Test Equipment
Students examine digital multimeters (DMM) – their description, types, safe usage, reading interpretations, and proper care. Students safely practice readings of ammeter and clamp-on ammeter currents, watt meters power, ohmmeter resistances and volt meter voltages reinforcing confidence when working with electricity.
ELE1304 - Principles of Magnetism
Students learn the concepts of magnetism and electromagnetism. Emphasis is placed on understanding the operating principles of electromagnetic devices such as motors, generators, solenoids, relays, contactors, and motor starters and towards solving problems. Alternating current electrical generation is also examined.
ELE1204 - DC Circuits
Students will examine the properties and operating characteristics of DC circuits in series, parallel, combination, voltage divider, and bridge. A 3 - wire AC distribution circuit is analysed too. All circuits are reinforced in the laboratory with emphasis on fault detection and troubleshooting. Basic circuit concepts such as power supplies, control devices, protection devices will be introduced. Analysis will follow using electrical measuring instruments, Ohms Law, Watts Law and Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws. Students learn the characteristics of electrical system wiring methods for a variety of applications and choose the proper wiring method for an assortment of installation requirements.
ELE1104 - Electrical Circuit Concepts
Students will begin understanding the structure of matter, concepts of electrical charge and current flow, producing electricity, and then will begin applying mathematical concepts to working with metric and imperial units, work, power, energy. A description of power and energy relationships, electric circuit identification and operation, basic circuit concepts such as power supplies, control devices, protection devices, and conductors will be introduced. Following the presentation of these fundamentals, students will then learn about the basic principles of electricity through classroom and laboratory activities. Students will examine the various types of meters used in the electrical trade including the voltmeter, ammeter and ohmmeter. This will lead into the study of the concepts and components of basic circuits and analyzing conductors with their applications. Students will then apply this knowledge by designing assembling and analyzing basic electrical circuits.
ELE1004 - Safety and Rigging Techniques
Correct lock-out procedures are examined and performed by the students ensuring confidence at the work site. WCB (WorkSafe BC) Standards and Regulations are defined allowing the student to become familiar with the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Confidence is gained by learning safe work practices, what protective equipment and clothing are recommended while stressing working with electricity safely. Students learn and apply WHMIS rules and regulations thereby obtaining a WHMIS certificate. Instruction includes proper use and inspection of safety equipment, access equipment safety, confined space entry, personal protective equipment and elimination of hazards in the equipment and workplace. In addition the students receive Occupational First Aid Level 1 training. Students finish this course by learning safe rigging techniques.
TRD1304 - Introduction to Power Tools
This module introduces basic power tools in construction and maintenance. The student becomes familiar and confident using and maintaining common power tools, safely. Emphasis is placed on electrical power tools and the opportunity to use a variety of these tools. Researching online numerous electrical tool and material manufacturers is introduced. Lab assignments are continued from the previous module to help develop mechanical aptitude in constructing and installing various basic wood residential electrical projects using power tools. Familiarity with common electrical material and conductors is continued from the previous module with the emphasis on power tool installation of materials with anchors and fasteners. Additionally, the students are introduced to methods and techniques of using power pulling equipment.
TRD1204 - Introduction to Hand Tools
Students become familiar and confident using and maintaining common hand tools - safely. Emphasis is placed on electrical hand tools and the opportunity to use a variety of these tools. Researching online numerous electrical tool and material manufacturers is introduced. The lab assignments reinforce development of mechanical aptitude with two trade specific projects: There are six lab assignments introduced to help develop mechanical aptitude with two trade specific projects. The first project is constructing and installing a basic wood frame mock-up that will continue into the following module, power tools; the second of which will familiarize the students with EMT conduit bending and the methods of installation. Introduction and recognition of common electrical materials, conductors and safety, is taught with the emphasis on hand tools.
TRD1004 - Construction Math
This course includes a review of the physics and math components required as a foundation to understanding the basic electrical principles. The course consists of a mathematical review of working with whole numbers, common and decimal fractions, percents, averages and estimates, powers and roots, ratios and proportions, units of measure trigonometry and formulas. Students will begin applying these mathematical concepts to working with metric and imperial units, work, power, energy torque and the use of simple machines.
SSS4A - Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice. Students will also prepare a professional resume and learn how to write effective cover letters.

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