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

    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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