Electrical: Construction

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
WoodstockSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
St. AndrewsSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MiramichiSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Electricity powers our homes, businesses, factories, and even our cars. Modern life doesn’t work very well without it. Electricians are the skilled tradespeople who ensure power gets safely from the source to the people and places that need it. And the people and places that need electricity are pretty much everywhere, which is why residential, commercial, and industrial electricians will always be in demand. With smart technology on the rise, trained electricians are value-added members of modern construction teams.
In the Electrical Construction program, you'll gain expertise in the design, installation, and operation of electrical systems. Following 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 needed to start from diagrams and finish with a job done right.  When you graduate, you'll be ready to join the workforce as a registered apprentice in New Brunswick or another jurisdiction. If you're physically fit, have good hand-eye coordination, and enjoy working with tools and wiring, enroll today and pursue a career that's the perfect outlet for your talents.


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 or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    Electrical specialists may find employment with electrical contractors, building and renovation companies, public utilities, or in industrial sectors such as oil, pulp and paper, or other manufacturing industries. Your skills could also lead to a career in specialized electrical areas like smart home installation and automation, fire alarms, burglar alarms, elevator installers, and so on. Electricians often develop skills in more than one type of work to increase their marketability.
    Electrical professionals who enjoy a different kind of challenge may choose to work as industrial electricians, maintaining industrial control panels and production equipment in manufacturing facilities. As you acquire experience as a residential, commercial, or industrial electrician and become a qualified journeyman, there are also opportunities to become an electrical foreman, superintendent, or appraiser, or you may choose to be self-employed.

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    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.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Workplace Safety
    • Rigging and Hoisting
    • Mathematics
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Communication Skills
    • Employment Skills
    • Alternating Current Theory and Circuits
    • Direct Current Theory and Circuits
    • Canadian Electrical Code
    • Electric Heating
    • Raceways and Cables
    • Residential and Commercial Wiring
    • Lighting Systems

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    Learners acquire the knowledge of the nature of electricity, sources of electricity, and how it is used to provide convenience to our lives. The basic electrical terms are defined, and values are measured and calculated.

    In this course learners acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to calculate generated alternating current values.


    • BEEB1203A

    This course provides the learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with direct current series and parallel resistive circuits.


    • BEEB1200A

    Learners acquire the fundamental methods of wiring and the skills necessary to carry out repairs using conventional troubleshooting methods.


    • CPTC1113B
    • SECU1322B
    • PRLP1093A

    In this course, learners acquire the fundamental wiring techniques for residential applications and service entrances. The learner develops the necessary skills to interpret codes and regulations while wiring residential circuits. 


    • SECU1322B
    • BEEB1204A

    In this course learners acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the installation of electrical equipment and devices for commercial purposes.


    • BEEB1204A
    • SECU1322B
    • CPTC1113B

    In this course learners acquire the knowledge of lighting and heating systems, their applications and operation. 


    • BEEB1204A
    • SECU1322B

    This course builds on the basic concepts of Alternating Circuit Theory as it applies to the AC circuits that contain either resistors, inductors, or capacitors.


    • BEEB1202A

    This course is designed to introduce students in the trades to a variety of hand tools, power tools, stationary power tools and equipment and their uses within the context of safe work practices. Students become familiar with the safe use and handling of the tools and equipment commonly used in the trades sector. 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. 


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

      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.


      • MATH1269A

      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, learners focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job in a trade.


      In this course, learners 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 is designed to provide students with the skills to sketch and read blueprints to extract information. Students learn to interpret information from blueprints and use proper instruments and techniques to produce drawings.

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      This course introduces students to the safe use of rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment.


        NOC Codes

        72200 - Electricians (except industrial and power system)
        72201 - Industrial electricians
        72203 - Electrical power line and cable workers

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