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Pre-Employment Electrician

Open for Fall 2018

Open for Winter 2019

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

Program Highlights

Enter an electrician apprenticeship with hands-on skills through 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: $4,848
Year 1 (International): $10,187

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

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for spring and fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
  • Applications for spring and fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2018.
TermProgram start
Spring 2018 May 22, 2018
Fall 2018 Aug. 27, 2018
Fall 2018 Sept. 18, 2018
Fall 2018 Nov. 19, 2018
Winter 2019 Feb. 25, 2019
Winter 2019 March 26, 2019

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 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.

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 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.

Student Success

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 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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
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

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Tuition FeesSAIT FeesStudent Association Fees2018/19 Total
$4,848 - - $4,848

International Tuition and Fees*

Tuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 Total
$10,187 - - $10,187

SAIT Fees

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 $500 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.

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

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

Contact Information

MacPhail School of Energy
403.284.8451
energy.info@sait.ca

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