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Electrical OYAP

You May Be Interested If:

You have an interest in a career as an electrician. You can take your first step toward a career as a skilled, well-paid professional tradesperson or journeyperson - and there's no better place to start than Sheridan.

What Students Are Saying About This Program

This is a brand new program! Come and be the first to see the benefits of an apprenticeship experience.

What Will I Learn/Do?

At the beginning of the Semester, you will be in an Electrical Co-operative Education placement getting some hands on experience. The last eight weeks you will be at Sheridan College in your Level 1 Training for Construction and Maintenance Electrician. You will be studying in state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the most current industry-standard equipment. You’ll train on the same machinery and use the same techniques as your potential employers. You will enjoy lots of direct interaction with your instructors, all of them seasoned professionals with many years of classroom experience.

Course Descriptions:

You will study the following courses in your Level 1 Training:

  • Prints and Standards
  • Trade Theory
  • Installation Methods
  • Instrumentation, Electrician – Construction/Maintenance, Level 1
  • Canadian Electrical Code, Electrician – Construction/Maintenance, Level 1
  • Electronics (Units 1.06, 1.07)


Students identify and interpret the alpha numerical lines; use the metric and imperial scales and be able to convert between them. Students obtain information from architectural, structural, and mechanical drawings, specifications, building code and CEC to complete an electrical installation for a single dwelling. They draw and label a panel schematic for a single dwelling and complete a material take-off for a single dwelling.

Electrical Theory

Students explore the basics of dc theory while covering such topics as atomic theory as it relates to electricity, Ohm's law and its related electrical quantities, static electricity and its effects on electricity, analysis of electrical circuits using Ohm's law, Kirchoff's law, power, series and parallel circuit rules, the relationship between work, energy and power, the effects of size, length, and temperature on electrical conductors, batteries and other sources of electricity, and the relationship between magnetism and electricity.

Installation Methods

Students learn the proper use of hand tools used in the electrical trade and the proper installation techniques used for basic electrical equipment and circuitry used in the residential and commercial sector of the construction industry. Students install common switching devices, outlets and enclosures, correctly terminate conductors, and correctly install non-metallic sheathed cable and armoured cable as commonly seen in residential construction. Students install a residential consumer's service and associated branch circuits including split receptacles, range and dryer receptacles, GFCI receptacles, and extra low voltage lighting and door signaling devices. Students also install common commercial conduit systems such as rigid conduit, EMT conduit, flexible conduit, liquid-tight conduit, and electrical non-metallic tubing.


The student operates in both the SI and imperial system of measurement for different pressure and temperature scales. The student explores ISA symbols and drawings. The student learns common terms used in instrumentation systems; works with the SI and Imperial system of measurement for pressure and temperature; converts between the four temperature scales; describes the operation, applications and limitations of thermocouples, thermistors, and RTD's. Students install, connect, and test thermocouples, thermistors, and RTD's Topics covered include operation of light and sound meters, deformation elements of pressuring measuring equipment, accuracy of pressure measuring equipment relationships between gauge and absolute pressure, and vacuum, the operation, construction and applications of typical industrial pressure sensors. Students identify ISA instrumentation symbols and draw basic process (P) and Instrumentation (I) diagrams for pressure and temperature devices.

Canadian Electrical Code

Students examine the layout of the Canadian Electrical Code as well as how to access information in the code. Students familiarize themselves with the different sections in the code. Students find and interpret various rules of the code pertaining single residential occupancies as to definitions, general requirements, conductor ampacity, grounding and bonding, wiring methods, Class 1 and Class 2 circuits, receptacles and lighting, pools, tubs and spas, temporary wiring, and service calculations.


The apprentice examines Solid State electronics'. Emphasis is placed in Digital TTL and CMOS Logic systems. Topics covered include: schematic symbols for North American and European basic logic gates the use of basic logic gates to create digital logic circuits and Boolean equations for simple logic gates. Students design and test combination logic circuits.

Further Academic/Career Pathways:

The Level 1 Apprenticeship Training is the beginning of the Electrical Trades Apprenticeship Training in-school component, which is a requirement to becoming a full licensed Electrician. Sheridan apprenticeship training in the skilled trades programs in Construction and Maintenance Electrician is nationally recognized. To be eligible for an apprenticeship program at Sheridan, you must be employed and sponsored by an employer, so following successful completion of your OYAP Co-operative Education placement and your dual credit Level 1 training, you are well positioned to seek a full-time apprenticeship position with an employer. As a full time apprentice in the Sheridan Skilled Trade Electrical Apprenticeship Training program, you will be involved for approximately four years of combined off-the-job (in-school) and on-the-job (at the workplace) learning. During this time, you will build your knowledge and hone your skills in the Electrical trade. Upon completion, you will be prepared to tackle all the challenges that a career as a skilled tradesperson has to offer. An alternative pathway is to continue your education in related Electromechanical Technician and Technology programs at Sheridan. Or you can apply directly to the Electronics Technician/Technology program which has a very high graduate employment rate and a very broad range of career pathways such as telecommunications, manufacturing, digital audio and video, internet services, power and energy systems and more.

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