Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship
Industrial Electricians are highly skilled individuals who safely install, service and troubleshoot equipment, and perform preventative and predictive maintenance functions.
They work with plant lighting equipment, distribution circuits and transformers; motors, starters and motor control centers; programmable logic controllers, computer-based controls, control panel and electrical control systems. In addition, they may service high voltage electrical systems. Industrial Electricians perform all work in accordance with relevant codes.
Terms of Apprenticeship
- 4-year program
- 7,600 hours of on-the-job training
- 720 hours of paid related classroom instruction (additional hours of unpaid related instruction may be required)
- Transition-To-Trainer course will be completed in the final year of the apprenticeship
First Term (144 Hours)
DC FUNDAMENTALS 72 Hours#50-413-509
Introduces the fundamental concepts of and computations related to DC electricity. Emphasis is placed on circuit analysis and the problem solving skills necessary for the maintenance of modern industrial electric systems. Competencies related to metering and safe use of measuring devices are included.
AC FUNDAMENTALS 72 Hours#50-413-510
Introduces the industrial electrical apprentice to the basic concepts of alternating current. Emphasis is placed on circuit analysis and the problem solving skills necessary for the maintenance of modern industrial electric systems.
Second Term (144 Hours)
ELECTRICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS AND TROUBLESHOOTING 144 Hours#50-413-519
Leads learner through the fundamentals of electric motor control. Learner will learn to recognize and draw the symbols and language of motor control, and how to apply these symbols into current industrial format. Learner will also learn to draw and read ladder and wiring diagrams. Learner will be introduced to the logic used in motor control and be required to apply this logic in order to correctly interpret, troubleshoot, design, and wire control circuits.
Third Term (72 Hours)
SEMI-CONDUCTORS 48 Hours#50-414-502
Provides the learner with the skills and knowledge for troubleshooting basic solid-state devices and circuits. The construction, identification, and operating characteristics of solid-state devices are investigated. The learner builds test circuits, gathers and analyzes data, and follows safety procedures. Methods for locating defective components are applied. The replacement of printed circuit board components is performed. Also examined is the effect of temperature on the operation of solid-state devices.
BASIC COMPUTERS & DIGITAL 24 Hours#50-414-503
Provides the learner with knowledge about the internal parts of a computer, the operating characteristics of Digital components, how to do Basic programming and flow-charting, and includes an introduction to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
Fourth Term (144 Hours)
TRANSFORMERS & MOTORS 72 Hours#50-413-518
Introduces the Industrial Electrician Apprentice to the basic concepts of single and three-phase transformers. The course will cover transformer theory, turns, current and voltage ratios as well as proper connections and use of various transformers. In addition, this course is designed to give the Industrial Electrician Apprentice the knowledge required by industry to maintain electric motors and generators. Condition: Accepted in an apprenticeship program.
AC/DC DRIVES & PRINT READING 72 Hours#50-414-504
Provides the opportunity for students to learn about power systems and variable speed drives (VSD’s). Topics include electricity, electronics, power transmissions, motor operations, AC and DC motor drives, servo and stepper drives, peripherals and communication. Apprentices will also explore closed loop control, feedback devices, and drive maintenance and the troubleshooting of VSD’s. Course includes lab/shop and classroom lecture-lab hours. This course will also acquaint the apprentice with the interpretation of “Prints” (blueprints) and other engineering and manufacturing documentation. The primary focus of the course will be on the basics of prints and how they are used to convey information to technicians. Application of electrical prints from industrial settings will be studied. Condition: Accepted in an apprenticeship program.
Fifth Term (144 Hours)
ELECTRICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT 72 Hours#50-413-508
Introduces the apprentice to the layout and purpose of the National Electric Code. It also strives to teach the apprentice proper methodology to research a code question and correctly interpret what they are reading. Various examples in the textbook and activity sheets help guide the apprentice through this process. Apprentices will research the structure of the National Electric Code and define the requirements of the code that are common to all electrical installations and electrical codes applicable to the trade. Condition: Accepted in an apprenticeship program.
HYDRAULICS & PNEUMATICS 72 Hours#50-413-520
The Hydraulics and Pneumatics course is customized for Industrial Electricians and relates the basics of hydraulic/pneumatic theory and hydraulic/pneumatic components. Safety and the interrelationship between hydraulic/pneumatic power with electrical control are emphasized. Condition: Accepted in an apprenticeship program.
Sixth Term (72 Hours)
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 1 72 Hours#50-413-512
Introduces the fundamentals of the programmable logic controller and its programming software. Learners identify terminology and components, explore functions, analyze logic instructions, interpret ladder logic, and develop basic programming and troubleshooting skills.
You must be employed by a company/organization that is willing to participate in an apprenticeship program. Each employer has their own requirements
for entry into the apprenticeship program. Contact your employer’s human resources department to see what is available.
If you have questions about this apprenticeship or the application process, please contact our Admissions team.