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Construction Electrician Foundation

Program Duration: 34 weeks

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.

After you complete the ITA exam, you'll be granted Technical Training: Level 1, and 350 hours of work-based training toward completion of the Construction Electrician apprenticeship program. 

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Program Courses

BC-ORIENT - School and Program Orientation

Welcome back to school! This session welcomes you to the college, introduces you to your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff, reviews the policies and procedures related to your studies, and prepares the student for their learning experience.

BC-ITC - Introduction to Technology
This course provides information and training for using the college's learning management system, online library resources and electronic textbooks, and an introduction to the tablet technology and Microsoft Office 365 software suite. Throughout the college's programs, students utilize technology (electronic books, online library, tablet/computers), use e-mail to communicate with instructors and submit assignments, internet for research and class activities, and use MS Office software to prepare letters and resumes, reports/assignments, and presentations. Multiple resources are provided during this course for students to read and practise their skills including courses in MS Word and MS Excel.
BC-PRD - Academic Success Strategies
The purpose of this course is to optimize learning through equipping students with effective study techniques. This course also provides an introduction to personality styles that will be encountered in the workplace and allows students to practise appropriate and productive interaction between the various styles. Emphasis is placed on the types of communication that work best with each style in order to achieve a good working relationship and to manage and resolve conflicts that arise. Students are also introduced to strategies for setting personal goals, managing time, and managing the stress that results from study or work and builds on positive group dynamics and setting expectations for student success. Students will work with teams and clients in a variety of settings. Theory, practical exercises, and activities in this course attribute to these types of settings.
BC-TRD-ESK - Essential Skills for Trades
Essential Skills are to help the students develop the essential skills they need to prepare for the technical training part of their apprenticeship. Essential Skills include reading, numeracy, using documents like blueprints as well as using computers. The students will utilize these basic skills to build technical skills.
BC-TRD-MATH - Applied Mathematics for Trades
This course includes a review of math components required as a foundation to understanding the basic construction principles. The course consists of a mathematical review of working with whole numbers, common and decimal fractions, percentages, 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.
BC-TRD-ORG - Organizing Work
Students will learn that to be effective they will need to have a clear understanding of the overall job. They will learn what materials are required and be able to record organized and accurate notes on the time and materials used when the job is complete. Planning ahead saves time and money and makes a job more profitable. Effectively managing time and resources, including materials, and keeping detailed notes is very important whether you are working for another company or on your own. The students will learn how and why a site has to be prepared in order to do an accurate and safe job. Safety is a key factor when handling materials and this course will expand on the aspects more relevant to the electrical trade from the general WHMIS that will already have been covered prior to this course.
BC-TRD-SAFE - Applied Safe Work Practices
In this course, the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation are examined. The relationship and responsibilities of all individuals or groups associated with construction work are discussed. Confidence is gained by learning safe work practices as well as stressing working with hazardous energy safely. Instruction includes proper use and inspection of safety equipment and elimination of hazards in the equipment and workplace. Learning will include when and how to use PPE, where to find it as well as the limitations of the personal protective equipment. This course also covers the importance of locking out machinery and equipment, the dangers of hazardous energy, as well as when lockout is required. Correct lock-out procedures are examined and performed by the students ensuring confidence at the work site. Students will cover the skillset to recognize types of fires and control or extinguish it with minimal risk and exposure to people, property, equipment and the environment. This course also educates and trains on the prevention of hearing reduction and loss. Noise measurement, engineered noise control, hearing protection, posting of noise hazard areas as well as hearing tests and policies regulated in the industry will be covered.
BC-OFA1 - Occupational First Aide Level 1
The students receive Occupational First Aid Level 1 training, as well as certification in first aid.
Canadian law requires that any person exposed to hazardous materials in the workplace must be trained in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). This course has been developed to meet and exceed the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. WHMIS 2015 training includes the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling for chemicals (GHS), as well as WHMIS legislation introduced in 1988.
BC-TRD-LIFT - Aerial Platform Training
The aerial platform section will be taught off site at a specialized training facility. It will cover Occupational Health & Safety Regulations, documentation, Work Place Hazard Assessment, preshift equipment inspection, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, scissor lift structure, safety devices, principals of stability and safe operation. The aerial platform section of this course will conclude in both an operator assessment (practical) as well as an operator evaluation (written). Upon successful completion of this course the participant will receive a wallet card indicating that they met the training requirements mandated in the province of British Columbia for aerial platforms.
BC-TRD-FALL - Fall Protection and Arrest
Fall protection will be covered in this course by both a specialized external training companies LMS (Learning Management System) and in class practical experience. The topics covered will include fall protection requirements & regulations, responsibilities of employer & employer, the fall Protection hierarchy (fall protection systems), fall arrest vs fall restraint, equipment (intro to common fall protection equipment), equipment inspection, fall protection plans, fall protection plan development, hazard assessment, basic rescue techniques and suspension trauma & relief methods. Upon successful completion of this course the participant will receive a wallet card indicating that they met the training requirements mandated in the province of British Columbia for fall protection.
BC-TRD-ACC - Access Equipment
This course will cover access equipment such as ladders and scaffolding. Students will be taught on site and will include practicing the proper positioning and retiring a ladder as well as setting up and taking down scaffolding.
BC-TRD-DRAW - Construction Drawings
Starting with basic mathematics skills including geometry, fractions and measurements, the students receive instruction and practice in reading, drawing and interpreting common and working drawings. Orthographic, sketches and drawings will be drawn, and dissected to reveal what information is needed to understand and complete objectives. Construction and Electrical blueprints will be reviewed and major divisions will be studied.
BC-TRD-TOOL - Common Trade Tools and Fastening Systems
Students become familiar and confident using and maintaining common hand and power tools - safely. 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. 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 materials with anchors and fasteners.
BC-TRD-RIG - Rigging, Hoisting, and Lifting Equipment
Tradespersons must be able to perform various climbing, lifting, rigging, and hoisting procedures safely to avoid creating dangerous situations. Students will learn to select, use, and maintain lifting and load moving equipment; describe manual lifting procedures using correct body mechanics; describe rigging hardware and the safety factor associated with each item; select the correct equipment for rigging typical loads; and describe hoisting and load moving procedures.
BC-ELE1-SAFE - Electrical Safety
This course builds upon the safe work practices from the foundation knowledge that has been learned and applied in earlier courses in this program. Students will experience more specific types of PPE, safety equipment and personal safety precautions, as well as emergency equipment and means of egress, for the electrical trade. Lock-out and tag-out procedures are vital in the electrical field and will be explained and utilized thoroughly. Protection from arc flash and methods to prevent electrical shock will also be thoroughly introduced and practiced.
BC-ELE1-CNPT - Electrical Concepts
Students will begin understanding the structure of matter, concepts of electrical charge and current flow, methods of producing electricity, electrical quantities, units, and symbols and metric prefixes, the relationship between electrical power and energy, and then identify common drawings for electric circuits. Students will also learn about the basic operation of electric circuits, perform calculations by applying electric circuit laws, and perform meter readings to verify circuit concepts. The course continues with learning about the features of resistors, switches, and circuit protection devices; the characteristics of common conducting materials and conductor forms; common insulating materials used for conductors, and the application of various types of conductors; measure and describe sizing of conductors; calculate resistance; determine ampacity, and solve problems involving line drop and line loss. The course also addresses the generation of an alternating voltage; the features of alternating current; and the difference between DC ohmic and effective AC resistance.
BC-ELE1-MAG - Electromagnetism
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.
BC-ELE1-CIRC - Electrical Circuits 1
Students will examine the properties and operating characteristics of series circuits, solve problems involving them, the effects of voltage sources, and connect and test series circuits. Students will learn the same for parallel circuits, combination circuits, voltage divider circuits, bridge circuits, and three-wire distribution systems. Students perform the connection and testing of DC circuits in all its forms.
BC-ELE1-ELTR - Electronic Circuits 1
Students will analyze electronic circuits by learning the characteristics of semiconductor materials; features of the PN junction diode, and connect and test diodes. The course continues with learning the features, solving problems, and connect and test Zener diodes and voltage regulation circuits. Other subject areas include photo- and light-emitting diodes, bipolar junction transistors, specialty transistors, and bipolar transistors. Substantial time is allotted for students to connect and test DC electronic circuits.
BC-ELE1-DRAW - Technical Drawings and Manuals 1
Students engage in the practice of using residential prints, drawings, manuals, and specifications to locate information, and use construction drawings to develop a material make off. Topics include identifying symbols; describing conventions for schematic, wiring, and single-line diagrams; using diagrams to convey information; and converting between schematic and wiring diagrams. Students also learn about the principles of orthographic projection; identify lines, lettering, and dimensioning used in sketches and drawings; describe the application of working drawings and common construction drawings (and their major divisions); common drawing conventions; electrical working drawings; identify information found in manuals and instructions; and use construction drawings to develop a material take-off.
BC-ELE1-CODE - Codes and Installations 1
This course applies electrical code to installations in which it contains three sections covering consumer/supply services, protection devices, and low voltage systems. The first section discusses how to install single-phase consumer/supply services and metering equipment including the features of a single-phase, three-wire distribution system; service entrance equipment; and determining requirements when CTs and PTs are not required. Students will also be able to describe maintenance procedures for this equipment. The second section covers the installation of ground fault, arc fault, and surge protection devices, including identification of protective devices and their requirements; it also covers installation of grounding and bonding systems: the objectives of grounding and bonding; appropriate materials; and their requirements. The third section discusses the installation of low voltage distribution equipment including types of distribution centers and its components and requirements. It also covers installing conductors and cables, raceways, boxes, and fittings.
BC-ELE1-BRCH - Branch Circuitry 1
In this course, students will learn about installing and maintaining branch circuitry: luminaires, wiring devices, lighting controls, and lighting standards. The first part prepares students to describe the characteristics of light and the operation of LED and incandescent lighting, including the basic factors affecting vision, light measurement, and lighting design; the construction and features of incandescent lamps; and basic LED lighting. The second part of the course covers receptacles and switches and their requirements and testing. Students will be able to identify devices, determine installation requirements, and describe device testing requirements. The third part teaches students about connecting and testing lighting controls for LED and incandescent: the control of incandescent and LED lamps, and connecting and testing these lighting controls. The final part of the course describes types of lighting standards and their installation.
BC-ELE1-COMM - Communication Systems
This course focuses on the procedures to install a structured cable system. Students learn how to terminate both ends of a CAT5 cable with RJ45 connectors, using a BIX or 110 tool to perform the termination, and verification with a wire map tool and adhering to the TIA standard.
BC-ELEF-MATH - Mathematics for Electricians
This material is delivered to the students in two ways. Firstly, through a separate independent mathematics course aide at the mathematics of the electrical trade. Secondly, the material is taught through mini lessons throughout other courses that rely on a heavier mathematics content.
BC-ELEF-CODE - Codes and Installations Foundations
In this course students learn to interpret codes, regulations, and standards, including the purpose of the CEC, the general arrangement of CEC rules and regulations, their administration, as well as applicable codes and regulations (BC Building Code, provincial, bylaws, and CSA standards).
BC-ELEF-PRAC - Foundation Electrician Practicum
This is the practicum component of the Construction Electrician Foundation program which is the opportunity for students to assimilate their knowledge and skills from the classroom and workshop portions of the program and apply it to practice in an electrical trades work site environment. The variety of tasks to perform in the work environment will vary from place to place depending upon a number of factors (e.g. size of electrical business, type of work site – e.g. residential, single-house, multiple-dwelling, number of employees).
BC-ELE1-EXAM - Program Review and 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.
BC-TRD-CES - Career and Employment Strategies for the Trades
This course provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how 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 participate in a mock interview and receive a written analysis of their performance in the “interview.”

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