Construction Electrician Foundation

The demand for qualified electricians continues to grow. Vancouver Career College's Construction Electrician Foundation program prepares students to enter an electrical apprenticeship with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
 
 This intensive program teaches students the principles of electrical work and about common topics like heating, alarms and lighting. Students learn essential math and physics, equipment testing, electrical code, interpreting sketches and power tool use. Safety practices and regulations are also covered and students learn about Workers' Compensation Board and Safe Work Practices.
 
 Students learn in labs and shops and then put their training into practice during the course of an on-the-job practicum placement.

Job Opportunities

  • Electrical Apprentice
  • Installing and Maintaining Electrical Power
  • Lighting
  • Heating
  • Control
  • Alarm
  • Data and Communication
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Program Courses

Code Course description Hours
ELE1800 Analyzing Electronic Circuits 50
Students are introduced to fundamental characteristics of semi-conductors and solid-state components using a variety of power supplies, transistors, and diodes to construct rectifier circuits. Lab analysis is employed to observe operating characteristics of these circuits.
CESE Career & Employment Strategies 25
Students will have the opportunity to review and discuss the final practicum placement. Simulated practice may be given in panel interviews as well as practice scenarios for job interviews. Students will also prepare a professional resume and learn how to write effective cover letters. Students will have use of a job search lab which has unlimited Internet access, a job search resource library and a fax machine and phone for contacting prospective employers. Students will obtain the necessary information required to register in the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker registry.
ELE1500 Construction and Circuit Drawings 25
Students engage in the practice of reading and interpretation of working drawings, circuit drawings and sketches. Electrical blueprints plans are studied with emphasis on power, risers, block diagrams, and the conversion between schematic diagrams and wiring diagrams.
ELE1200 DC Circuits 50
Students will examine the properties and operating characteristics of DC circuits in series, parallel, combination, voltage divider, and bridge. A 3-wire AC distribution circuit is analysed too. All circuits are reinforced in the laboratory with emphasis on fault detection and troubleshooting. Basic circuit concepts such as power supplies, control devices, protection devices will be introduced. Analysis will follow using electrical measuring instruments, Ohms Law, Watts Law and Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws. Students learn the characteristics of electrical system wiring methods for a variety of applications and choose the proper wiring method for an assortment of installation requirements.
ELE1100 Electrical Circuit Concepts 50
Students will begin understanding the structure of matter, concepts of electrical charge and current flow, producing electricity, and then will begin applying mathematical concepts to working with metric and imperial units, work, power, energy. A description of power and energy relationships, electric circuit identification and operation, basic circuit concepts such as power supplies, control devices, protection devices, and conductors will be introduced. Following the presentation of these fundamentals, students will then learn about the basic principles of electricity through classroom and laboratory activities. Students will examine the various types of meters used in the electrical trade including the voltmeter, ammeter and ohmmeter. This will lead into the study of the concepts and components of basic circuits and analyzing conductors with their applications. Students will then apply this knowledge by designing assembling and analyzing basic electrical circuits.
ELE1900 Electrical Installations and Code 50
Students focus on requirements for overhead and underground electrical service installations, including demand factor calculations, wire sizing, grounding and mounting service equipment. Additionally, students plan time, calculate materials and choose the tools needed for a kitchen and bedroom installation and build a mock residential application. With knowledge learned from all courses analytical techniques for troubleshooting installations are introduced with flow charts to systematically solve a problem and reinforce learning.
ELE2000 Field Study 150
This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for the five weeks in order to gain the valuable “real world” experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory. Students must successfully complete all of their courses prior to their field study.
ELE1000 Fundamentals and Construction Math 100
This course starts with a review of the physics and math components required as a foundation to understanding the basic electrical principles. The first week of the course consists of a mathematical review of working with whole numbers, common and decimal fractions, percents, averages and estimates, powers and roots, ratios and proportions, units of measure trigonometry and formulas. In the second week, students will begin applying these mathematical concepts to working with metric and imperial units, work, power, energy torque and the use of simple machines. Following the presentation of these fundamentals of physics, students will then learn about the basic principles of electricity through classroom and laboratory activities. Students will examine the various types of meters used in the electrical trade including the voltmeter, ammeter and ohmmeter. This will lead into the study of the concepts and components of basic circuits. Students will then apply this knowledge by designing assembling and analyzing basic electrical circuits.
ELE1700 Industrial Power Electronics Part 1 50
Students are introduced to solid-state components and use a variety of power supplies, transistors, and diodes to construct rectifier circuits. Lab analysis is employed to observe operating characteristics of these circuits.
ELE1910 Introduction to Canadian Electrical Code 25
Students are introduced to the Canadian Electrical Code studying selected sections of the Canadian Electrical Code applicable to residential installations. Emphasis is placed on practical application of the code.
TRD1200 Introduction to Hand Tools 25
Students become familiar and confident using and maintaining common hand tools safely. Emphasis is placed on electrical hand tools and the opportunity to use a variety of these tools. 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 that will continue into the following module, power tools; 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 safety, is taught with the emphasis on hand tools.
TRD1300 Introduction to Power Tools 25
This module introduces basic power tools in construction and maintenance. The student becomes familiar and confident using and maintaining common power tools, safely. Emphasis is placed on electrical power tools and the opportunity to use a variety of these tools. Researching online numerous electrical tool and material manufacturers is introduced. Lab assignments are continued from the previous module to help develop mechanical aptitude in constructing and installing various basic wood residential electrical projects using power tools. Familiarity with common electrical material and conductors is continued from the previous module with the emphasis on power tool installation of materials with anchors and fasteners. Additionally, the students are introduced to methods and techniques of using power pulling equipment.
TRD1000 Introduction to WCB and Safe Work Practices 50
The main objective of this course is to introduce students to WCB and work-place practices by stressing how to follow safe work practices and procedures, to inspect safety equipment before use, and to use safety equipment properly. Students will also receive first-aid and WHMIS training.
ELE1400 Prints and Drawings 25
Students examine digital multimeters (DMM) – their description, types, safe usage, reading interpretations, and proper care. Students safely practice readings of ammeter and clamp-on ammeter currents, watt meters power, ohmmeter resistances and volt meter voltages reinforcing confidence when working with electricity.
ELE1300 Principles of Magnetism 25
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 examined too.
ELE1990 Program Review and Final Exam Preparation 25
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 final exam.
SSSE Student Success Strategies 25
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice.
ELE1600 User Manuals and Manufacturer’s Instructions 25
Reference manuals and manufacturer’s instructions have become important to the success of an electrician. The student will learn to apply manuals and instructions for equipment operation, maintenance, warranty, assembly, safety, installation troubleshooting, and contact information.
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