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 received by a first-year Electrician apprentice, as well as additional basic wiring skills and safety training. The program prepares students to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills and, upon successful completion of the program, to challenge the first year Electrician apprenticeship exam.
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 fibreoptic systems;
- install, replace, maintain, and repair renewable power sources and related equipment.
Graduates of the Pre-Employment Electrician program have a high employment rate.
AIT will recognize students who successfully complete this program. The students will have the opportunity to write the provincial level 1 Apprenticeship Trade Examination.
Credentials and accreditation
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Polytechnic Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for the first-year Apprenticeship.
|Program start||Program end||Exam date|
|May 21, 2019||Aug. 8, 2019||Aug. 8, 2019|
|Aug. 26, 2019||Nov. 14, 2019||Nov. 14, 2019|
|Sept. 17, 2019||Dec. 6, 2019||Dec. 6, 2020|
|Nov. 18, 2019||Feb. 20, 2020||Feb. 20, 2020|
|Feb. 24, 2020||May 14, 2020||May 14, 2020|
|Mar. 24, 2020||June 12, 2020||June 12, 2020|
|May 18, 2020||Aug. 6, 2020||Aug. 6, 2020|
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.
Admission and Selection
- Winter 2020 start: applications open May 1, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
- Spring 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
- Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
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 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.
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|
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Tuition Fees||SAIT Fees||Student Association Fees||2019/20Total|
International Tuition and Fees*
|Tuition fees||SAIT fees||SAITSA fees||2019/20 Total|
Campus athletic and recreation Fee: N/A
Universal transit pass (UPass): Program does not meet UPass eligibility requirements.
Student Association (SAITSA) Fees
Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A
Cost and Supplies*
- Books are approximately $800 in addition to tuition fees.
- The Apprenticeship exam fee is approximately $150 and will be coordinated within the first three weeks of the program.
- Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.
Find out about Tuition and Financial Aid.
This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
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