The Apprenticeship Training Program is the preferred route to becoming an Industrial Electrician. Apprentices are employed and earning a wage while learning.
You are indentured to an employer who must agree to provide the training required in the Apprenticeship Training Standards. You must attend all classes of instruction, pass all examinations required, and fulfill the terms of the contract to receive your Ontario Certificate as a qualified Journeyperson Industrial Electrician.
You will receive an Apprenticeship Training Standard Book outlining the training objectives or areas of competency to be learned on the job. These competencies are necessary in order to function in the trade as a skilled worker or ‘Journeyperson’.
Level 1 (Basic) Apprenticeship Program Code 0739
Level 2 (Intermediate) Apprenticeship Program Code 0743
Level 3 (Advanced) Apprenticeship Program Code 0744
Before, during, and after the in-school portion, apprentices work to complete the on-the-job training objectives or areas of competency of their apprenticeship. After completing Advanced, as well as the job training competencies, apprentices are eligible to write the C. of Q. examination to qualify as a journeyperson. The entire process usually takes four to five years.
This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
Learn more about Apprenticeships in Ontario. For start dates, contact the Employment Ontario apprenticeship office in your area.
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The apprentice must be:
- Sponsored by an employer
- Registered with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
- Registered with the Ontario College of Trades
Note: Holders of a Certificate of Qualification in the Trade of Industrial Electrician who wish to obtain a C. of Q. as a Construction and Maintenance Electrician may apply to the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development by submitting documented proof of the additional work experience required in the training standard for the Trade of Electrician: Construction and Maintenance.
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An Industrial Electrician is a person who:
- lays out, assembles, installs, repairs, connects, and tests electrical fixtures, apparatus, control equipment, and wiring for alarm, light heat, or power systems in buildings and other industries
- plans installations from blueprints, sketches, specification and installs all electrical and electronic devices
- troubleshoots and systematically diagnoses and corrects faults in electrical or electronic systems and equipment by repairing, programming, or replacing electrical or electronic components as required
- measures, cuts, threads, bends, assembles, and installs conduits and other electrical conductor enclosures; splices and terminates electrical conductors
- tests electrical and electronic equipment for proper function
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