Electrician – Foundation

By , May 5, 2014

An Electrician lays out, installs, tests, troubleshoots and repairs electrical systems that provide light, heat, communication, and power to a variety of new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Today’s wired environment requires Electricians to install a variety of wiring such as data, audio, video, signaling, and communication cabling. Electrical control systems are also becoming more complex – often solid-state or computer controlled.

If a student is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employ­ment in industry as an Electrician, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprenticeship. Foundation Trades Training and Level 1 Apprenticeship prepare students for entrance into the field of Electrician (Construction).

The three main settings in which Electricians typically work are:

  • Construction: Electricians work as part of a contractor’s team, on both residential and commercial construction projects, or as independent electrical contractors.
  • Industrial: Electricians are typically employed on staff at large-scale industrial facilities such as pulp mills, hydroelectric dams, and mining and smelting operations.
  • Institutional: Most large institutions such as hospitals, school boards, universities and other public facilities have at least one Electrician working as part of their maintenance department.

Admission Prerequisites

  • Grade 11 level completion that includes Grade 11 English, Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus), and Grade 11 Physics (or equivalent), all with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.

Where is the program offered?

Northern Lights College, Fort St. John (starts February)


For more information and a Job Description for Electrician, see Page 2!

For more information on Electrician Foundation at Northern Lights College, go to the NLC website

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