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Electrical Techniques program

Electrical Techniques

Electrical Techniques program

Electrical Techniques

Electrical Techniques

Electricity powers our world and is present all around us, providing light, power, air conditioning and refrigeration. This program focuses on commercial and residential electrical installation. It will provide you with basic skills in electricity, network cabling and electrical system installation and ensure you become familiar with the relevant tools and materials required in this field to successfully understand, install and test basic electrical systems for a specified number of applications.

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Program Description

The Electrical Techniques program focuses on residential installations and will provide you with the basic skills to successfully install grounding/bonding for a specified number of applications.

You will learn to assist in the interpretation and preparation of electrical drawings and related documents and how to analyze and solve simple technical problems related to basic electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles. The use of diagnostic equipment, tools and computers will help you solve basic electrical problems and gain a better understanding of the industry.

Under the supervision of a licensed electrician, as a graduate you will:

  • Test and troubleshoot electrical and electronic circuits, equipment and systems
  • Ensure health and safety standards and best practices are applied in the workplace.

If you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible to challenge the basic level exemption test for the electrician apprenticeship trade.

Note: Students wishing to challenge apprenticeship exemption exams are required to pay an examination fee.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U) – technical mathematics (recommended)
  • Grade 11 or 12 physics and chemistry (recommended)
  • Two additional senior level credits

Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact or call 905.721.3126. Please refer to Admission Processes for more details regarding highly competitive programs.

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Career Options

You will develop basic competencies in electricity, network cabling and electrical system installation and become familiar with the relevant tools and materials required in this field. Related instruction in mathematics, prints and installations, safety and trade calculations is included to meet employer requirements.


  • Cable puller
  • Electrical apprentice
  • Salesperson for electrical parts manufacturer


  • Commercial properties
  • Network cabling industry
  • Residential properties
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$4,185$14,357

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Successful completion of the Electrical Techniques certificate program will offer opportunities for further study in additional Durham College programs such as:

As a graduate, you may also be eligible to pursue pathways into a variety of Durham College training programs in the electrical industry, including electronics, electrical mechanical and electrical apprenticeship. You may choose to pursue an apprenticeship to become a fully licensed electrician.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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