Electrical: Construction

CampusStart Date
MiramichiSeptember 2018
MonctonSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2018
St. AndrewsSeptember 2018
WoodstockSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Electrical specialists who enjoy the grit and physical demands of building projects will find rewarding work on construction and renovation teams. They are relied upon for their expertise at electrical systems installation and operation. In accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code and the National Building Code, you’ll learn fundamental wiring practices, pipe threading and bending techniques, cable tray installation, and other necessary skills. With smart technology on the rise, trained Electricians are value-added members of modern construction teams. 


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    You may find employment with electrical contractors, with a public utility, in the oil industry or pulp and paper industry, as well in the fields of sales, fire alarms, burglar alarms, elevator installers, and so on. As you acquire experience and become a qualified journeyman, there are opportunities to become an electrical foreman, superintendent or appraiser, or you may choose to be self-employed. This is a compulsory occupation in New Brunswick. New entrants into this occupation must register as an apprentice with the Apprenticeship and Certification Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

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    NOC Codes

    7241 - Electricians (except industrial and power system)
    7242 - Industrial electricians
    7244 - Electrical power line and cable workers

    What you will learn

    • alternating current circuits
    • blueprint reading
    • Canadian Electrical Code interpretation
    • direct current circuits
    • electric heating
    • programmable logic controllers
    • raceways and cables
    • residential wiring
    • safety measures in construction
    • single-phase motors and controllers
    • single-phase service entrance
    • tools and fasteners
    • transformers
    • lighting systems
    • practicum

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    Students learn the nature of electricity, how it is created, controlled and used to provide convenience to our lives. The basic electrical terms are defined and values are measured and calculated.

    Students focus on the methods used to measure and size wires and cables to reduce voltage drop and power loss.


    • BEEB1093

    This course provides introductory instruction on the operating principles and the proper selection, installation, protection and control of single-phase electric motors. The basic operating principles of programmable logic controllers are also covered.


    • BEEB1092
    • SECU1194G
    • BEEB1180

    This course provides instruction on fundamental wiring techniques for residential applications.


    • BEEB1092
    • SECU1194G

    Students learn the specific requirements for the installation of electrical equipment and devices for commercial and industrial purposes.


    • BEEB1092
    • SECU1194G

    This course is an introduction to three-phase power generation and single and three-phase transformers.


    • BEEB1180

    Students learn the fundamental methods of wiring residential buildings and acquire the skills necessary to carry out repairs using conventional troubleshooting methods.


    • PRLP1033E
    • SECU1194G
    • CPTC1043E

    This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with series and parallel circuits.


    • BEEB1048

    This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to calculate alternating current values.


    • BEEB1093

    Students demonstrate knowledge of lighting systems and controls, their applications and operation. They follow correct procedures in the storage and disposal of fluorescent lighting ballasts, capacitors and lamps.


    • BEEB1092
    • SECU1194G

    This course provides instruction on fundamental techniques for selecting, installing, troubleshooting, and repairing electric heating systems.


    • BEEB1088F

    This course provides instruction on the procedures for sizing, selecting and installing single-phase service entrances.


    • SECU1194G
    • BEEB1092

    This course builds on the basic concepts of AC electricity, including AC waveforms, electrical measurements, resistance, inductance, capacitance, impedance, and transformer action.


    • BEEB1103D

    This course is designed to introduce students in the construction trades to a variety of generic hand and power tools and equipment and their uses within the context of safe work practices. Students become familiar with, and safely handle construction trade tools and equipment, and become more skilled with the tools and equipment specific to their trade as they use them in an applied fashion in their trade specific courses. They are required to demonstrate the selection and safe use of common hand and power tools and receive instruction on several types of fastening systems.


    • SECU1194G

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply the Canadian Electrical Code and the National Building Code requirements.

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.


    • MATH1208

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    This course provides the students with a working knowledge of basic sketching practices and print reading. They develop the ability to extract information from trade related drawings, specifications and graphs for residential, commercial and industrial practices.

    This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

    The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

    This course provides students with an understanding of:

    - their responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist;

    - the use of and inspection of the required equipment; and

    - the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

    This course provides students with an understanding of the hazards related to working in a confined space environment. It looks at the proper safe work practice and procedures for confined spaces as well as rescue considerations.

    Specific Considerations

    The nature of this trade requires that the workers have a certain body strength, agility and endurance so that they are able to work under the conditions established on construction sites. Good manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, physical fitness and a sense of balance are important, as is the ability to read and interpret blueprints and wiring schematics for installation and diagnostic purposes. Construction electricians usually work a 40-hour, five-day week plus overtime when required. Working conditions range from comfortable building interiors to outdoor constructions sites, sometimes in difficult or hard-to-access locations. Construction electricians must follow strict safety procedures to avoid injury from shock, falls and other hazards.

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