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.
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 and articulation agreements, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For more information, visit the Degree Pathways page.
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
Preference will be given to applicants with academic Grade 12 math and Grade 11 or 12 physics.
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.
Course Name & Description
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Computer-Aided Design II
This course focusses on the application of CAD software and the reproduction of specific use drawings for other courses.
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.
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.
In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of various software programs and information processing systems used in today's workplace and educational environments. Students develop the skills necessary to understand and efficiently use common workplace productivity tools. The main areas of focus include: operating systems, e-mail and groupware, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software, and the integration of these technologies.
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.
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.
Wiring Methods I
In this course students learn the practical skills required for residential installations. Students become more familiar with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) by ensuring that all installations are in compliance.
Wiring Methods II
In this course students learn the practical skills required to perform commercial/industrial installations. The course focusses on the proper selection and installation of conduit, tubing and cables and the wiring methods employed with this type of installation. Compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) is stressed for all installations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course explores over-current protective devices and the use of them for circuit protection on electrical systems below 750 Volts. Topics include: protection of electrical systems (short circuit calculations), fuse and circuit breaker construction, fuse and circuit breaker coordination using time current characteristic curve graphs. Reference to the Canadian Electrical Code for requirements for the protection of electrical circuits is stressed.
Rotating Electrical Machines and Controls II
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technical Mathematics II
Building on the outcomes from Technical Mathematics I, students explore exponential and logarithmic equations, statistical calculations, and learn to perform calculations involving decibels as it relates to power. Students also learn to work with various number systems that they will encounter during their program and throughout their careers. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are used in troubleshooting.
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.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems
Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.
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.