You won’t be bored on the job as an electrician. Depending on the direction your career follows, you can expect work conditions to vary with each job, especially in construction. From working outdoors on scaffolding to indoor jobs in clean comfort – the changes can be dramatic. But the training you receive in the Electrician Apprenticeship program will prepare you to succeed on any job, whether you specialize in commercial, industrial, maintenance or construction.
You’ll get the best education for your investment in small classes taught by experienced instructors who maintain close ties to the industry and stay on top of the latest trends. Classes are limited to a maximum of 16 apprentices, meaning you’ll benefit from a low student-to-instructor ratio that enhances your learning. And you’ll learn in our modern facilities, which are well-equipped and impeccably maintained.
When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll know the ins and outs of electrical work, from reading electrical drawings to splicing wire to testing circuits for integrity. And you’ll have the real-world experience needed to be successful in the workforce.
Power up your career in the Electrician Apprenticeship – apply today!
When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll be prepared for such positions as:
- journeyman electrician
- electrical inspector
- business owner
Apprenticeship programs require eight to 12 weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training.
- Circuit fundamentals
- Canadian Electrical Code part I and blueprints
- RLC circuits
- Heating and cooling controls
- Three phase motor principles
View the full course outline for the Electrician Apprenticeship.
- Successful completion of English 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, or entrance exam.
- English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 30 or Chemistry 30 or Science 30 and related career and technology studies recommended.
Please note: You must be a registered apprentice to apply for this program. Information on how to become a registered apprentice is available on the Alberta Government's website.
Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.
You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board
Provincial Building, Room 280
200 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge AB T1J 4C7
Career Information Hotline: 1-800-661-3753
Ask about the Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship Program. You might discover you’re eligible for a financial award!
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Investing in your future
When local businesses need skilled workers, they look to Lethbridge College. Many of the tradespeople building homes, businesses and even our new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility have learned their craft right here. And those individuals continue to support our students long after they graduate. Which means, as the next generation, you benefit from:
- state-of-the-art facilities
- the latest industry-standard tools
- available scholarships
Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education
Train for your career in the largest construction project in college history.
Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education
Our new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility positions Lethbridge College as the institution for trades training in southern Alberta by bringing together students, faculty and industry to create a vibrant, responsive learning environment.
The facility is the single most important capital investment for trades and technologies in southern Alberta in over 50 years. It’s also the largest construction project in the college’s history. It has increased our capacity to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople, engineers and interior designers. And it’s revolutionized our curriculum, bringing together students, faculty and industry partners in a modern, environmentally-sensitive space that features:
- modern labs, apprentice shops, tool rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and offices
- more than 200 solar tubes to provide natural light to the workshops and classrooms and to reduce emergency costs (cool fact: the electric lights in the building are programmed to dim or increase based on how much light is coming in naturally)
- 60 welding booths set up for students to learn five different welding processes
- rooms housing wind turbine components to train on
- a design studio and extensive materials library
- a multi-purpose lab that provides students with learning opportunities for fluid mechanics and surveying applications
- a dedicated 3D printing room
- collaborative spaces to incubate the great ideas of tomorrow
This state-of-the-art facility wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of our industry partners, donors, alumni and friends. And they delivered, investing in the workforce of tomorrow, investing in you.
Your apprenticeship, your way
Designed to work with your life, our Electrician Apprenticeship is offered through the traditional Competency Based Apprenticeship Training (CBAT) delivery method as well as through distance delivery.
CBAT: Right for most apprentices, CBAT allows you to take a flexible approach to your training. You can complete the program in less than the required eight or 12 weeks and be back on the job sooner than expected. Or, if you need a little extra time, you can take up to 25 per cent more time. Attending training on campus, you’ll receive extensive hands-on learning through a variety of lab experiments.
Distance: This self-paced option may be ideal for apprentices in remote locations. The entire apprenticeship training is delivered online, meaning you don’t have to relocate for your training and there’s no need to be away from work for eight to 12 weeks.
It’s your apprenticeship training. Make it work in the way that’s best for you.
From here to there: alumni updates
Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.
Dave Prindle works for Honeywell as a journeyman electrician. He completed the Electronic Engineering diploma and the Electrical Apprenticeship at the college. He also worked for a few summers on grounds and painting crews at the college while he was a student.
– From Winter 2017 Wider Horizons
“I began apprenticing as an electrician shortly after leaving college and then was training in control and automation programming of programmable logic controllers and man machine interfaces. I opened my own company in late 1990s and began working throughout the province and overseas in programming as well as offering engineering services. I worked in far east Russia for over 10 years and now have returned home to Lethbridge to continue operating my company here and working locally in the oil and gas and food industries. Outside of work, I continued playing basketball recreationally; the highlight was being part of a team that won the World Masters gold medal in Edmonton against teams from Canada, Russia and Hungary. I’ve always felt that what I learned playing competitive sports was a huge reason for my success in work, specifically by using the importance of the team aspect of sports and using it for a successful work atmosphere."
– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons