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Pre-Employment Electrician

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 12 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Get a head-start on an electrician apprenticeship with this program that covers electrical codes and theory, along with basic wiring and safety. Grads can challenge the first year apprenticeship exam.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,373

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date. 
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Aug. 24, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 15, 2020
Fall 2020 Nov. 16, 2020
Winter 2021 March 1, 2021
Winter 2021 March 23, 2021
Winter 2021 May 24, 2021
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Program Details

Program description

This 12-week, full-time program is designed to offer an alternate route to those looking to enter the electrician trade. If you are struggling to find an employer willing to indenture you as an electrician apprentice, this program may be right for you.

This program covers all course materials for first-year electrician apprentices, as well as additional basic wiring skills and safety training. Upon completion, students will be ready to challenge the first-year electrician apprenticeship exam.

Your career 

Electricians play a critical role in many industries including mining, oil and gas extraction, construction, transportation and warehousing, manufacturing and wholesale trade.

Electricians in the construction industry can further specialize in residential (housing developments), commercial (office buildings), institutional (hospitals) and industrial (plants, factories) types of installations. They install, alter, repair and maintain electrical or live alarm systems designed to provide heat, light, power and controls for all types of buildings, structures and premises.

While on the job, they may perform some of the following duties:

  • read and interpret electrical, mechanical, and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts
  • cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings
  • install distribution and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuit breaker panels, and fuse enclosures
  • install data cabling and test circuits to ensure integrity and safety
  • install and maintain fibre optic systems
  • install, replace, maintain and repair renewable power sources and related equipment.

Student success

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training will recognize students who successfully complete this program. 

The students will have the opportunity to write the provincial level 1 Apprenticeship Trade Examination.

Credentials

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for the first-year apprenticeship.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Contact

Have questions about this specific program?

MacPhail School of Energy
403.284.8451
MacPhail.Students@sait.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019, and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1, Math 20-2, Math 20-3, Pure Math 20, or Applied Math 20
  • English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2
  • Science 10

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 5) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Electrician and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program Outline

View additional Pre-Employment Electrician program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course Code Course Name Credits
CODE-232 Electrical Code I 3.0
ELEC-230 Electrician Theory I 6.0
ELEC-231 Electrician Laboratory I 3.0
ELEC-245 Elec. Practical Applications I 3.0
Total Credits 15.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,187 $186 - - $5,373

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

Delivery

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. 

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including ETHI 100: Ethics in Action. 

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.

Contact 

Email: energy.info@sait.ca

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