The Industrial Electrician Red Seal Examination Preparation course is designed based on the competencies listed in the trade’s Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS). The course will help students review all the trade-specific concepts and theories they will need to challenge and successfully pass the Red Seal Examination.
This intensive review course is for participants who have the requisite theoretical and practical knowledge and have met the challenge requirements to write the exam. The course will guide candidates and help them with the preparation material for the exam to become Red Seal certified.
Industrial Electrician is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. However, the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and the territory of Nunavut do not provide testing for the Red Seal Industrial ElectricianExamination.
Students will have ten weeks to complete this course.
Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot, service and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical controls. These include equipment or components directly or indirectly exposed to electrical power such as motors, generators, pumps and lighting systems.
Industrial electricians are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of plants, mines, manufacturing facilities, government, and other industrial establishments.
Industrial electricians must read and interpret prints, drawings and codes for layout and installation of electrical equipment. They install, service and maintain electrical components such as lighting fixtures, switches, conduit and electrical controls. They test electrical systems and continuity of circuits using test equipment to ensure system safety and compatibility. They conduct preventative and predictive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records. Industrial electricians may specialize in maintenance functions in areas such as high voltage and process control.
Industrial electricians must possess manual dexterity, and good planning, organizational and communication skills. They also require strong analytical, mathematical and problem-solving skills in order to read and interpret schematics, drawings and specifications. They should have good mechanical aptitude to install, troubleshoot and repair equipment. It is important for industrial electricians to have a good grasp of digital technology because many of the skills and technology for an industrial electrician are computer based. They must also have good vision and hearing, the ability to distinguish colours and a willingness to upgrade their skills to adapt to new developments in the trade.
With experience, industrial electricians may act as mentors and trainers to apprentices in the trade. They may also advance to managerial, inspection, facilitation or teaching positions.
Technological advancements have improved the way industrial electricians perform their work on a daily basis. Digital technology is increasingly being used for research, communication, programming, ordering, record keeping and diagnostics. New types of test equipment, along with equipment becoming more user friendly, has reduced the time it takes to diagnose and troubleshoot problems. In the maintenance of industrial electrical equipment and systems, inspection and evaluation is evolving into a more critical area of focus. In fact, inspection is gaining more importance in assuring the health and safety of employees and the continued reliable operation of machinery and components. Predictive and preventative maintenance programs, using computerized maintenance management systems are becoming more prevalent in the workplace. These systems have enhanced efficiency and organization of the tasks required for maintenance of electrical systems. Digital technology has facilitated the use of new components, making the tracking of energy usage more reliable and efficient.
Note: Before registering for any Red Seal Exam Preparation courses, please contact your local trades authority to confirm your eligibility to write the relevant Red Seal Exam.
Chad Soucy is a Master Electrician, Red Seal Industrial/Construction Electrician, in 2012, further expanded on his mission to lifelong learning in becoming an electrical instructor. He continued on this path as an Online course developer and is steadfastly committed to electrical safety and sound adult learning theories.
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The registration fee for this course is $495.
Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience.
This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.