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Industrial Electrical Technology

Start Date: September

Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Industrial Electrical Technician

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants: Waiting list

International Applicants with a Valid Study Permit: Waiting list

Other International Applicants: Closed

Learn how to plan, install, test, inspect, troubleshoot, and service all types of industrial electrical equipment. You will take courses in the essentials of electricity, wiring and circuits, as well as advanced courses in automation and motion control, programmable logic controls, industrial
communication systems, and computer-aided design.

The Industrial Electrical Technology program also prepares you for a variety of roles by teaching you construction and residential wiring methods. What you learn in class, you’ll demonstrate and test in a variety of on-site electrical lab areas, giving you hands-on training and exposure to real-life working conditions to prepare you for a career as an industrial electrician.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Industrial Electrical Technology program at Holland College, graduates will:

  1. Work in accordance with applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and national codes to ensure personal and public safety.
  2. Demonstrate wiring methods and techniques for residential, commercial, and industrial installations and systems in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code.
  3. Interpret and follow diagrams, blueprints, and schematics, and produce technical documentation for electrical systems and controls.
  4. Apply the principles of electricity, electronics, math and science to analyze and solve technical problems.
  5. Use programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and human-machine interfaces (HMIs) to control and monitor industrial processes and machines.
  6. Implement instrumentation and motion control techniques to measure, regulate and automate physical variables such as pressure, temperature, flow, speed and position.
  7. Apply troubleshooting techniques and critical thinking skills in the design, installation, configuration, and maintenance of industrial control systems and assemblies in accordance with operating standards, job requirements, and specifications.
  8. Communicate and work effectively with supervisors, coworkers, and other tradespersons.
  9. Identify the importance of ongoing personal and professional development, that will lead to enhanced work performance and career opportunities and keep pace with industry changes.


The most successful path to a Red Seal as an industrial electrician begins with the Industrial Electrical Technology program. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training and write two years of apprenticeship block exams, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Red Seal exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.

The Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification.



This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
University of New Brunswick - Saint John, Saint John, N.B. Bachelor of Applied Management Graduates with a 70% average receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Management degree.
  • Grade 12 academic
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program


2024/2025 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1st Year



Tuition $4,560  $10,560
Fees $768  $1,518
Other Costs $1,605 $1,605
Total $6,933 $13,683

2nd Year



Tuition $4,560  $9,660
Fees $748  $1,498
Other Costs $665  $665
Total $5,973  $11,823

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $4,560 $4,560
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $470 $470
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Graduation fee - $ 100
     Total payment to Holland College $5,328 $ 5,308
1st installment due first day of first semester $ 3,048 $ 3,028
2nd installment due first day of second semester $ 2,280 $ 2,280

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $985 $665
Materials/Supplies $20  
Uniforms/Safety Shoes $200
Equipment/Tools $400
     Total $1,605 $665
Total $6,933 $5,973


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $10,560 $9,660
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $ 1,220 $ 1,220
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Graduation fee - $100
     Total payment to Holland College $12,078 $11,158
1st installment due first day of first semester $ 9,798 $ 8,878
2nd installment due first day of second semester $ 2,280 $ 2,280

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $985 $665
Materials/Supplies $20  
Uniforms/Safety Shoes $200
Equipment/Tools $400
     Total $1,605 $665
Grand Total $13,683 $11,823

*International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

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After you graduate from Holland College, your apprenticeship training begins. When you register with your provincial apprenticeship program, you will receive credit for the hours earned and level exams passed while you were at Holland College. Learn more about apprenticeship and the Red Seal program.


Many Holland College programs have degree pathway agreements with other post-secondary institutions. You can receive credit for your Holland College diploma toward a university degree or other post-graduate credential, saving you time and money! Find out more on the Degree Pathways page.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:ATMN-2100

Programmable Logic Controls I

In this course students learn the knowledge and skills necessary to understand what a Programmable Logic Control (PLC) is, some of what it can do, and how to perform basic programming and troubleshooting.

Credit Value:1

Course Code:ATMN-2110

Programmable Logic Controls II

This course builds on the foundation set in Programmable Logic Controls I, allowing students to expand their knowledge of programmable controllers and programming. Students learn the graphical programming languages Function Block Diagram (FBD) and Sequential Function Chart (SFC) and construct programs using subroutines.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:ATMN-2120

Instrumentation and Motion Control

Instrumentation (process control) and motion (servo) control are two branches of control engineering that use industrial automation to produce a product or control a process. Students learn about the components, circuits, instruments, and control techniques used in these two branches of industrial automation. Theory is reinforced through lab activities and projects.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ATMN-2130

Industrial Communication Systems

This course provides students with an overview of the industrial communication networks used today in many industrial plants and factories. Students learn about various hardware components, cabling types and network protocols. Using the Industrial Ethernet protocol, students develop software programs to communicate between Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs).

Credit Value:2

Course Code:ATMN-2150

Automation and Control Wiring Methods

In this course students learn the practical skills required to perform the task of building an industrial control panel, complete with a PLC controller (programmable logic controller) and all associated inputs/outputs required for a complete turn-key operation. Students are responsible for ensuring that the control panel meets all applicable code requirements for the wiring methods used. Students also input their own PLC program to make the control sequence operate as per the specifications of the project.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:BLPR-1010

Electrical Blueprint Reading

The ability to read and understand blueprints is essential in the construction field, as blueprints are used to design, plan, estimate and build projects. This course introduces students to blueprint reading and sketching, with a focus on engineered drawings for residential and commercial types of structures.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:CADD-1015

Introduction to Computer-Aided Design

This course is an introduction to basic terminology, concepts and functions of Computer-Aided Design / Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software. Students acquire the skills and knowledge to produce and modify technical drawings, set up and manage an electronic filing system, and specify hardware and peripheral equipment required to generate drawings. Students are also introduced to 3D modeling techniques and processes used to produce manufactured parts.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:CADD-2015

Computer-Aided Design II

This course focusses on the application of CAD software and the reproduction of specific use drawings for other courses.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:COMM-1005

Workplace Communications

This course is designed to allow students to develop preparatory skills for securing and retaining employment including; workplace communication, time management, critical thinking and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon successful completion of this course students are able to use oral communications techniques, and create a variety of written documents and reports used in the workplace. Methods and strategies for job search, preparation and retention are also incorporated.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMM-2005

Workplace Communications II

This course is a combination of the oral and written communication skills that are required for the transition from school to the workplace. Included in the formal technical writing is business correspondence, informal and formal report writing, proper citation techniques, and report formatting. Oral presentation skills, including utilizing technology, and job search and interview techniques, are also covered.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore digital environments with practical applications for various workplaces and educational institutions. The main areas of focus include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, email and other electronic communication tools, various digital environments, and industry-specific applications.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-1001

Occupational Safety and Canadian Electrical Code

Students learn safe working practices and measures to ensure both personal and public safety as it pertains to the electrical trade. Students also learn about the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), how to utilize this standard, and how it applies to electrical installations that they will encounter in the program, and throughout their careers.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ELEC-1015

Electrical Fundamentals

Study of electricity, passive direct current (DC) circuits, and passive alternating current (AC) circuits. Learners analyze DC and AC circuits; select and test passive components; measure electrical quantities using appropriate test equipment. Construction and troubleshooting techniques for circuits are introduced.

Credit Value:5

Course Code:ELEC-1035

Residential and Commercial Wiring Methods

Students learn the wiring methods and practical skills required for both residential and commercial / industrial installations ensuring compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). The course focusses on the proper selection and installation of wiring, conduit, tubing and cables and the wiring methods employed with their installation.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ELEC-1053

Three-Phase Circuits

This course introduces the theory of three-phase circuits and systems and their use in commercial and industrial wiring. The advantages of using three-phase circuits is that motors, generators and transformers are cheaper and more efficient, three-phase transmission lines can deliver more power for a given weight and cost, and the voltage regulation of a three transmission system is superior to that of a single-phase circuit. The course has a lab component to aid in reinforcement of theory.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-1055

Three Wire Distribution Systems, Conductors and Voltage Drop

In this course students learn about the various types, designs, and applications of three wire distribution systems and electrical conductors. Students explore internal and external variables that limit a conductor's ability to conduct electricity. Students perform calculations of a conductor's performance in the presence of certain variables, using the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) as a guide.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ELEC-1150


This course covers single-phase and three-phase transformers. A transformer is an AC machine that transfers energy from one circuit to another circuit. They are sometimes called voltage changers. This course has a lab component to aid in reinforcement of theory. The Canadian Electrical Code is applied in this course for the sizing of conductors and overcurrent devices used in transformer circuits.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-1160

Introduction to Rotating Electrical Machines and Controls

This course introduces the theory of DC and AC rotating machines and their basic control, with focus on the proper identification of the machine as well as the wiring connections and control methods. As part of this course, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate motor wiring skills in a practical workshop environment.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ELEC-2100

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices are the fundamental building blocks from which all useful electronic equipment is constructed. This course covers the theory and operation of electronic devices and circuits. Diodes, Bipolar Junction Transistors, Operational Amplifiers, Thyristors, and Photoelectric devices are studied.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-2110

Digital Logic Circuits

Digital Technology forms the foundation for computers, automobile electronics, industrial control systems, consumer electronics, wireless communication, television and radio. This course covers the core fundamentals of digital technology. Topics explored include logic gates, adders, encoders, decoders, comparators, multiplexers, demultiplexers, latches, flip-flops, timers, counters, shift registers and data conversion. Theory is reinforced through lab activities and projects.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-2130

Industrial Motor Control

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the Introduction to Electrical Rotating Machines and Controls course. Advanced motor control methods will be introduced including Variable Frequency Drives, Servo Motor control, Timers, Detection Sensors, and Motor Control Centers. There is a significant component of wiring advanced control schematics into real world scenarios. The course primarily lab based.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-2135

Industrial Methods and Practices

Students learn the purpose, requirements, and installation methods and practices for various types of electrical systems, including medium and high voltage systems, environmental and hazardous installations, cathodic protection systems, lightning protection systems, and signaling systems, with an emphasis on requirement set by the Canadian Electrical Code.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-2140

Building Systems - Electrical

This course provides an overview of the various building electrical systems that electricians typically encounter in both residential and commercial settings. Systems explored include building lighting systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), solar photovoltaic systems, as well as standby and backup systems. Students gain an understanding of the electrical characteristics of these systems in order to properly install and troubleshoot equipment in a safe and proficient manner.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:FLUD-1000

Introduction to Fluid Power Systems

This course is an introduction to fluid power technology as it relates to hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The course begins with a study of the physical properties of fluid power systems. The function and application of compressors, control valves, pumps, actuators, reservoirs, filters and accessories are explored.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MATH-1100

Technical Mathematics I

This course is designed to enable the student to develop technician level math skills. Students will acquire competency in the math skills as they relate to their energy systems engineering technology program and future career. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills that the student will use in troubleshooting. Students will be challenged to continually make connections between math and their main program, as well as every day applications.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills from a certified trainer. As required by regulation, this course covers CPR and the management of other breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as, the control of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. Also, includes automated external defibrilators (AED). This certification expires in 3 years.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:PHYS-1000


This course is designed to introduce students to mechanical physics. Topics in this course include kinematics, statics, energy, states of matter and waves. Emphasis is placed on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills as the students relate the physics' concepts to their program of study and their future career.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:PRAC-2300

Industrial Electrical Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) training provides students with an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the Industrial Electrical Technology program to a relevant work environment. WIL participants are expected to assume, with appropriate supervision, the duties and responsibilities normally expected of an entry-level employee in a similar position. Using their own observations and initiative, students are expected to acquire and apply new skills as may be expected of a new employee in their respective workplace setting.

Credit Value:4