Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship


Industrial electricians inspect, install, troubleshoot, repair and service (includes calibration and preventive/predictive maintenance) electrical equipment such as motors, generators, pumps, heavy duty machines, illumination systems, environmental regulating systems, communication systems; and associated electrical and electronic controls.

Individuals who work in this trade are also referred to as marine, mill or mine electricians, maintenance electricians, or plant electricians.

In this 4-year apprenticeship, the apprentice works in industry and attends school for 10 weeks each year. These four 10 week blocks of technical training and 4 years of on the job training will progress the apprentice through the full spectrum of learning required to become a Qualified Industrial Electrician. 

Industrial Electrician will attend Level 1 and 2 Construction Electrician Technical Training /  Level 3 and 4 Industrial Electrician Technical Training. At this time, Okanagan College currently offers Level 1 and Level 2 Industrial Electrician.

Admission Requirements 

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC

  • Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a qualified journeyperson Industrial Electrician. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up a registration for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and the ITA.

Program Outline

Level 1- Construction Electrician (10 weeks)

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  • Fundamentals
  • DC Circuits
  • Electromagnetism & Applications
  • Meters & Test Equipment – Part 1
  • Electrical Prints and Drawings
  • AC Motor Controls - Part 1
  • Electrical Code & Wiring – Part 1
  • Industrial Power Electronics – Part 1 

Level 2- Construction Electrician (10 weeks)

  • Alternating Current Fundamentals
  • Meters & Test Equipment – Part 2
  • Single Phase Alternating Current Circuits
  • Circuit Protection Devices
  • Single-Phase Transformers
  • Alternating current Motor Controls – Part 2
  • Lighting
  • Industrial Power Electronics – Part 2
  • Electrical Code & Wiring – Part 2 

Level 3- Industrial Electrician - not currently offered

  • Three-Phase Theory
  • AC Motor Controls
  • AC Machines
  • DC Machines
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Power Distribution Systems
  • Electronics

Level 4- Industrial Electrician - not currently offered

  • Test Equipment
  • Low Voltage Distribution Systems
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Control Circuits
  • Computer Systems
  • Electric Motors
  • Power Distribution Systems
  • Power Supplies
  • Power Generation Equipment
  • Control and Monitoring Systems and Devices

Program Fees

  • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.
  • Students must supply approved safety boots and coveralls.
  • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility.
  • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

Employment Opportunities

The apprentice will write the Red Seal examination on the last day of the level 4 technical training class.  Successful completion provides the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Industrial Electrician.

Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople, the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada.  

How to Apply

Applications can be completed online here or over the phone. There is no application fee.

Click here to view the apprenticeship schedule. 

Program Contact

Apprenticeship Office

(250) 762-5445 (local 4880)
Toll Free: 1-800 621-3038