- Great work ethics
- Ability to pay attention to detail
- Smart device with access with cellular service or wifi access
- No previous experience is required or pre-defined skills to take this course.
- Commercial electrician instruction
- Residential electrician instruction
- Regular job fairs for prospective employers ready to hire
- Real world experience working on live properties and projects
- Unlimited access to instructors via phone, email, video chat, and physical meetings via appointment
- Prospective student who is looking for a career change
- Prospective student who may be a skilled labor by practice and looking to take it more serious
- Prospective student who's looking to be licensed and become journeyman and or a master mechanic
- Prospective student just graduating high school and choosing not to go to college or the traditional route
- Prospective student who's worked in the field before and looking for a refresher course to tidy up skills and practice.
Presentation of program content will draw heavily on 1. Respecting others’ work and developing healthy work relationships that respect fellow workers in all trades. This instructional strategy will help to prepare the students to work collaboratively with other trades personnel toward a common end result. 2. development of skills through practice, effort, action, and patience. Instructors will seek to balance instructional methods through the use of learning labs and project-based learning assignments, in addition to conventional lectures. 3. Instructors will also promote an environment of inclusive participation through open dialogue and continuous feedback throughout the program. This instructional strategy draws upon a collaborative approach among students by forming working relationships with each other to collectively solve problems as they strive toward a common goal. Inuktitut will be the language of instruction wherever possible.
What you’ll learn
- Tools of the Trade
- Workplace safety requirements via Osha 10
- 2 – way, 3 – way, and 4 – way switches
- Terminating and electrical panels
- Reading electrical blueprints
- Maintenance & Repair
- Healthy work relationships
- Residential and commercial
*Most students have the ability to complete the course sooner than 10 weeks. Other students may take longer than 10 weeks. The proposed time frame is the average time students take to get through the curriculum.
Math For Electricians
In this course, you’ll learn the fundamental math skills used in the electrical field. It covers symbols, and units, followed by transposing formulas and solving equations using Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law. You’ll also learn how geometry and trigonometry are used in the industry. 1 Hrs. 7 Videos. 6 Knowledge Checks
Ampacity & Wire Size
This course is all about a really fundamental and useful concept in electrical work – the ampacity of conductors—that is, the maximum amount of current that a conductor can carry on a continuous basis without getting dangerously hot. In the lessons of this course, you will progress gradually, beginning with a simple introduction to the key ampacity tables in the National Electrical Code, because working with ampacity is all about knowing where to find the values. We show you exactly how to find the ampacity for any wire but then go further to explain things like how to choose which temperature column to use, based on environmental and code exceptions. And we cover, pretty carefully, the reasons why you often have to adjust the values found in the ampacity tables, based on what is called ‘conditions of use’ like the ambient temperature around a wire or how many wires are crammed inside a conduit. And we end the course with a nice set of worked examples, so you really get comfortable with applying everything you have learned about ampacity. 2 Hrs. 11 Videos. 10 Knowledge Checks
Ladder and Fall Safety
Falls are the most common cause of injuries in the trades and fall from ladders make up the majority of those instances. In this course, you will learn how to safely use ladders as well as general safe practices to follow on the job. The lessons will cover how to select the appropriate ladder for the job, proper inspection and setup, and safe ladder usage. After that, you will explore various Jobsite fall hazards and what measures can be taken to protect yourself from falls. This course is essential for anyone looking for a career in the trades and will provide you with the knowledge necessary to prevent serious injuries as a result of falls. 1-2 Hrs. 7 Videos. 6 Knowledge Checks
Becoming and Electrician
So, you want to be an electrician? In this course, you'll learn how you can start your career in the electrical field. It covers the settings and career paths you can take, the education and training you'll need, and gets you started with safety guidelines for electricians. Being an electrician is a very versatile trade that transfers to other trades like HVAC, solar, plumbing, and facilities maintenance. Are you ready to get started? 1 Hrs. 6 Videos. 5 Knowledge Checks
Hand and Power Tools for Electrical Work
As a professional electrician, you will rely on hand and power tools to practice your trade. In this course, you will learn about common hand and power tools used in the electrical industry. You’ll learn about how these tools are used for electrical work, the risks they may present, and the precautions you can take to safely use the tools of your trade. 1 Hrs. 4 Videos. 3 Knowledge Checks
AC Motor Lab
Learn how magnetism, current, and the sine wave are all connected in an AC motor. First, you'll look at the magnetic fields in a 3 phase motor and a split-phase motor. Then you'll explore how resistance and current affect the speed of a motor. 1-2 Hrs. 3 Simulations. 3 Videos. 5 Knowledge Checks
Troubleshooting Basic Circuits
Learn how series and parallel circuits can be wired into a combination circuit and the theory that applies to this type of circuit in the Interplay Lab. First, you'll get to build a combination circuit, then test Kirchhoff's Voltage Law, calculate the total resistance of the circuit, and then find the current using Ohm's Law. 1 Hrs. 5 Simulations. 2 Videos. 6 Knowledge Checks
Building DC Combination Circuits
Learn how series and parallel circuits can be wired into a combination circuit and the theory that applies to this type of circuit in the Interplay Lab. First, you'll get to build a combination circuit, then test Kirchhoff's Voltage Law, calculate the total resistance of the circuit, and then find the current using Ohm's Law. 1-2 Hrs. 3 Simulations. 4 Videos. 3 Knowledge Checks
Building DC Circuits
First, you'll learn how DC circuits fit into the real world and how Kirchhoff's Law and Ohm's Law apply to series and parallel DC circuits. Then you'll get to practice building DC circuits in Interplay Learning's guided electrical simulation lab. 1-2 Hrs. 3 Simulations. 5 Videos. 2 Knowledge Checks
Intro to Electrical Code
In this Introduction to Electrical Code course, you will learn about the National Electrical Code, which is a set of guidelines that covers the best ways to do electrical work in residential and commercial settings. This course focuses on residential guidelines, beginning by explaining where to place wall receptacles, ground fault protection as well as AFCI retrofitting. You will then go through the specific requirements for each room, including the living room, laundry room, and garage. Finally, you will learn how the code varies across the country as well as how to navigate these differences. 2 Hrs. 11 Videos. 9 Knowledge Checks
Fundamental Electrical Concepts
This Fundamental Electrical Concepts course lays the foundation for all other electrical courses by explaining the origins of the major fundamental electrical concepts in simple terms and how they relate to one another. 2 Hrs. 10 Videos. 9 Knowledge Checks
Electrical Panels: Components and Safety
This Electrical Panels course provides an introduction to the major components of electrical panels and provides safety information for the technician working with them. You will learn about the role of each component and how they contribute to the safety of the occupants of the building where it is installed. 1 Hrs. 15 Videos. 14 Knowledge Checks
Power Distribution, Delta, and Wye Systems
In this Power Distribution course, you will discover how electricity goes from the generation station to residential, industrial and commercial sites. This course begins by explaining how the power from the high voltage lines transforms into usable voltage in the home, and where residential ownership of these lines begins. It then continues with what exactly a transformer is in addition to how it works. You will learn about the three different types of transformers: isolation, auto, and buck boost. Finally, you’ll take a look at three-phase power, what it is and why it is used, in addition to the two types: Wye and Delta. 1 Hrs. 7 Videos. 6 Knowledge Checks
This AC Power course will provide you with a deeper understanding of alternating current and AC power, and how it behaves and is generated. The course begins with a review of direct current (DC) power concepts, to make learning about alternating current (AC) power easier. This is followed by an introduction to AC electricity, focusing on single-phase power. Next, there is a discussion of the AC waveform. The course concludes with lessons on generating single-phase and three-phase alternating currents. 2 Hrs. 9 Videos. 8 Knowledge Checks
Wire Types and Sizes
This Wire Types and Sizes course lays out everything you need to know about wires and conductors to be successful in the electrical industry. The different sizes and structures of wires as well as code designations will be covered. The course begins with an explanation of the American Wire Gauge system followed by a discussion of the different types of strands and how to understand code designations to identify the properties of the cable. The common cables encountered in the industry are described including NM-B and Metal-clad cable. By the end of this course, you will have a much better understanding of the wires and cables you'll work with every day. 2 Hrs. 12 Videos. 11 Knowledge Checks
How To Use A Multimeter
A multimeter is an important tool for troubleshooting and measuring the overall performance of an electrical circuit or machine. It is designed to combine several different electrical meters all into one tool. This course covers each of the common settings on a multimeter such as voltage, resistance, amperage, diodes, and capacitance. It includes video demonstrations from your instructor Tim Smith and a virtual lab simulation where you can use a multimeter to test your skills. 1-2 Hrs. 7 Simulations. 11 Videos. 9 Knowledge Checks
This Electrical Tools course presents three tools frequently used by electrical and HVAC technicians and facilities maintenance professionals: multimeter, non-contact voltage tester, and a receptacle tester. The features, functions, and common uses of each tool are presented. The non-contact voltage tester and receptacle tester lessons include instructions on how to use those tools. 1 Hr. 5 Videos. 4 Knowledge Check
This course is a primer on lockout/tagout procedures. The course begins with the definition and purpose of lockout/tagout procedures, followed by employee roles during lockout/tagout. A discussion of hazardous energies is included, specifically primary, secondary, single, and multiple energy sources, with an emphasis on identifying all energy sources during lockout/tagout procedures. The course concludes with eight practical steps for an effective lockout/tagout program. 1Hr. 3 Videos. 2 Knowledge Checks
This Electrical Safety course will prepare you with the essential knowledge necessary to stay safe in the electrical field. The course begins with an overview of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), which oversees Jobsite safety standards and inspections, followed by a review of the dangers of electrical work and the effects those dangers have on the body. Next, you will learn about what personal protective equipment to wear while working and how it is the last line of defense against injury. Finally, electrical safety best practices will be presented. You’ll learn about safety techniques and tools that will help to eliminate potential dangers. 2 Hrs. 12 Videos. 11 Knowledge Checks
Introduction to Electrical Circuits
An electrical plan for a room or house can look like a super complicated maze of lines and symbols! So in this course, we break it all down for you. An electrical plan shows single lines for all the circuits, and symbols for receptacles, switches, different types of lights, and so on. We actually go line by line and symbol by symbol through a variety of rooms in a house – actually the same house we use for our residential wiring troubleshooting simulations. Each room is designed to include a new element, and a little more complexity, so you gradually progress through 5 different electrical plan scenarios. The circuits are deliberately designed to familiarize you with different components, like 3- and 4-way switching, standard and GFCI receptacles, and 2- and 3-wire cabling. We also take different approaches to circuit design like having switches at the start or end of a run and operating two fixed appliances with one cable in a multi-wire branch circuit that shares a common neutral. By the end of the course, you’ll be comfortable reading complex electrical plans and will have an appreciation for the variety of ways room circuits can be designed. 2 Hrs. 14 Videos. 6 Knowledge Checks
This course covers three electrical devices that are very likely to be encountered on electrical-related service calls - receptacles, circuit breakers, and light switches. You’ll learn the function and features of the electrical devices, the relationships among them, how the devices respond to electrical problems, and how to address issues involving them. After completing this course, you’ll have a greater understanding of the devices that facilitate electrical flow. 1 Hrs. 4 Videos. 3 Knowledge Checks
Reading Schematics and Drawings
Learn how electricians use blueprints, wiring diagrams, and schematics and apply them to real-world applications. In this course you'll learn about the parts of a blueprint that an electrician uses, the difference between a wiring diagram and a schematic, and how these schematics and drawings are used on the job. 1 Hrs. 5 Videos. 4 Knowledge Checks
Power Distribution, Delta, and Wye Systems
In this Power Distribution course, you will discover how electricity goes from the generation station to residential, industrial, and commercial sites. This course begins by explaining how the power from the high-voltage lines transforms into usable voltage in the home, and where residential ownership of these lines begins. It then continues with what exactly a transformer is in addition to how it works. You will learn about the three different types of transformers: isolation, auto, and buck-boost. Finally, you’ll take a look at three-phase power, what it is and why it is used, in addition to the two types: Wye and Delta. 1 Hrs. 7 Videos. 6 Knowledge Checks
EMT Conduit Bending
Learn how to measure, cut, ream, and bend Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT) conduit. In this course, you'll learn how to measure the run using the ceiling and walls to determine the overall length of conduit you need. Then you'll learn how to adjust for shrink and/or gain in order to cut the correct length of the conduit. And finally, you'll get to bend four common angles including a 90, an offset, a 90 and an offset, and a back-to-back bend. 2 Hrs. 4 Simulations. 6 Videos. 7 Knowledge Checks
In this course, you will get an introduction to electrical safety required by OSHA in regard to electrical installation. Followed by learning how to interpret the code. This course will also cover the general installation process and the theory behind building an electrical system in a wooden, steel, and concrete structure. 1 Hrs. 6 Videos .5 Knowledge Checks
EMT Installation: Boxes and Conduit
Learn how to install junction boxes, connectors, bent conduit pieces, and straps onto a concrete wall. In this course, you'll learn how to install each item step by step and then you'll get to try it on your own. For each item refer to the detailed electrical drawing, measure, and mark where it should go on the wall, drill holes, and install it. 1-2 Hrs. 6 Simulations. 4 Videos. 3 Knowledge Checks
Introduction to NEC: Wiring and Protection
In this course, we’re going to be exploring the 2020 version of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code. We will focus on a broad understanding of the material, so you can access and reference the codebook more easily when needed. We will cover the most impactful sections of the chapters, including grounded conductors, branch circuits, feeders, overcurrent protection, overvoltage protection, mechanical execution of work in the field, and "neat and workmanlike" installations. 1 Hrs. 7 Videos. 4 Knowledge Checks
Electrical Safety - NFPA70-E
This Electrical Safety course will prepare you with the essential knowledge necessary to stay safe in the electrical field. The course begins with an overview of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), which oversees Jobsite safety standards and inspections, followed by a review of the dangers of electrical work and the effects those dangers have on the body. Next, you will learn about what personal protective equipment to wear while working and how it is the last line of defense against injury. Next, electrical safety best practices will be presented. You’ll learn about safety techniques and tools that will help to eliminate potential dangers. Finally, we will dive deep into NFPA-70E, define its terms, cover warning labels requiring PPE, and how to establish an electrically safe work condition. 2-3 Hrs. 16 Videos. 15 Knowledge Checks
Solar Basics 101 is a short introductory course designed to give everyone a broad snapshot of the solar industry and why it is exciting and important. We briefly explain the technology, industry applications, basic components and economics of solar PV.
Foundations of PV
The Foundations of PV course is for those just starting out in the industry, who wish to gain a deeper and broader foundational knowledge about all aspects of modern solar photovoltaics. We explore the early and recent history of the field, and explain in detail the wide range of applications of solar technology, both off the grid and connected to utility power, including a clear explanation of where and how the current explosive growth in grid-connected systems started. You will also become familiar with all the key electrical components of various PV solutions, and how they work together to give power day and night, including the emerging trend for battery storage. 1 Hrs. 13 Videos. 12 Knowledge Checks
NEC Commissioning: Rough-in Inspection
In this course on NEC Commissioning - Rough-in Inspection, we will explore the process of electrical rough-in inspection for multiple rooms in a residential home. With each scenario, you will be guided with simulation based steps to check key visuals and measurements for electrical inspection. You will also be referring to articles of code from the 2020 edition of the NFPA 70 National Electrical Code.
Diagnosing Circuits: Simple Lighting & Receptacles
This 3D simulation, VR ready course provides opportunities to develop and practice troubleshooting skills for working with electrical wiring. The simulation is set in an office environment. The course is divided into two chapters. The first chapter contains a set of scenarios for diagnosing electrical problems at a light fixture, and the second chapter contains a set of scenarios for diagnosing electrical problems at a wall receptacle.
Diagnosing Circuits: 3-Way Lighting
This course introduces multi-location light control to expand your skills and knowledge of electrical circuits and diagnosing faults. The setting is inside a residential dining room that has two 3-way switches at two entries into the room, and one of those switches is also a dimmer. Three-way light switching involves connecting two ‘traveler’ wires between the two switches so that either switch can turn the lights on or off independently. The scenarios in this course involve diagnosing why the lights and the receptacles might not be working properly. In the course, you will face a variety of faults, such as travelers miswired to their switches, wires that have come loose from their terminals or that have damaged insulation that is causing a short circuit and circuit breaker tripping, and actual switch or receptacle damage that is preventing proper operation.
Three and Four-Way Wiring and Installation
In this simulation, we'll learn the fundamentals of three-way and four-way switches. We'll cover the mechanics and inner workings of a switch, the code and safety standards that apply, as well as some common configurations that you'll likely encounter.Using interactive simulations which give you feedback at each step of the way, this simulation will give you a chance to put into practice knowledge and concepts you learn about three-way and four-way switches.
Residential Generator Installation
In this course, you will learn how to install a residential generator. Besides learning a valuable new skill, this course will give you a chance to put into practice knowledge and concepts you’ve already learned about power distribution and good safety practices.
Light Commercial Electrical: Apartment Facilities Maintenance
This course simulates maintenance scenarios in three contexts in an apartment environment: a rental office, a fitness center, and a parking lot. You will learn to diagnose and correct problems with fluorescent and High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting, in the rental office and parking lot spaces respectively, while the fitness center space will provide practice with troubleshooting electrical equipment in a commercial context.
An introduction to motors used in residential and commercial settings. Learn about shaded pole motors, split phase motors, and three phase motors. This course also includes a section on the popular permanent split capacitor motor or PSC.
Contactors and Motor Starters
This course covers contactors, contactor troubleshooting, and motor starters. You will learn how to select the proper contactor based on the rating and the process of troubleshooting a faulty contactor. A motor starter is a contactor with an integrated overload protector. This course provides examples of motor starters and explores how they provide overload protection. Also includes extensive reference to multimeter usage. 1-2 Hrs. 6 Videos. % knowledge Checks
Electrically Safe to Work Procedures
In this intermediate course on Electrically Safe to Work Procedures, we will explore the tasks and requirements of establishing safe work conditions while working with electricity. With each scenario, you will be guided with realistic steps of evaluating personal protective equipment based on warning labels and work orders. You will also be directed to the specific articles of code from NFPA-70E, which is the standard for electrical safety in the workplace.