Program: PAEL
Credential: Recognition of Achievement
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Work Placement
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Summer 2025
Location: Owen Sound


This is a 34 week, fully-funded pre-apprenticeship program, providing students with the skills and knowledge to become successful construction and maintenance electrician apprentices. Students participate in hands-on and theoretical training in welding, as well as upgrading, including an AACE Math credit, and safety training required to enter an apprenticeship with the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers. A paid 12-week work placement is incorporated into the program. Graduates will have completed the required Level 1 in-school portion of their electrician apprenticeship.

Career Opportunities

This program provides graduates with a pathway to a range of occupations in fields such as:

  • Construction & Maintenance Electrician Apprentice
  • Welder
  • Maintenance Technician

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. lay out, assemble, install, repair, maintain, connect and/or test electrical systems;
  2. plan installations from blueprints, sketches and specifications, and install all electrical and electronic devices;
  3. systematically diagnose faults in electrical and electronic components as needed;
  4. measure, cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other electrical conductor raceways;
  5. splice and terminate electrical conductors;
  6. test electrical and electronic equipment to ensure that they are functioning properly;
  7. perform work competently, safety and in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all employer safety policies and procedures;
  8. interpret engineering drawings and blueprints and produce basic graphics as required by industry;
  9. recognize and understand use of welding symbols;
  10. perform basic welding in one position using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes;
  11. perform basic cutting and brazing using oxy-acetylene equipment;
  12. perform trade calculations accurately for Electrician and Welder trades;
  13. understand and communicate effectively using trades-related language and terminology in an industrial environment;
  14. determine appropriate mathematical formulas and calculations and apply to trade tasks as needed;
  15. use computer software to support working in a trades environment, including communications software, spreadsheets and computer generated documents.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • OSSD or equivalent
  • over 18
  • not currently registered as an apprentice in Ontario
  • citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada

Selection Process

1. Application including resume

2. Review of applications by committee (Georgian, Bruce Power, CUSW, Indigenous Community Member)

3. Interview by panel of above and academic assessment by Upgrading department (math, communications, document use)

4. Bruce Power Security Clearance check

Additional Information

Bruce Power administers CSIS Security screening. All students must pass the screening in order to do a placement at Bruce Power site.

Graduation Requirements

11 Program Courses
2 Upgrading Courses
1 Work Placement

Graduation Eligibility

Students must successfully complete all required courses as noted below. Further details, if applicable, are noted under "Additional Information" above.

  Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Program CoursesHours
Upgrading Courses  
AACE 1003 Academic and Career Entrance Core Mathematics 84
AACE 1005 Academic and Career Entrance Apprenticeship Mathematics 84
Program Courses  
LABS 5004 Communications Preparation 150
LABS 5006 Computer Preparation 42
TECH 0617 Safety for the Trades 60
TECH 0633 Pre-Apprenticeship Industrial Installation Methods and Multimeters 60
WELD 0043 Pre-Apprenticeship Basic Welding Techniques 60
Level 1 Electrician Apprenticeship  
ELAB 1000 Canadian Electrical Code 33
ELAB 1001 Prints 30
ELAB 1002 Electrical Theory 63
ELAB 1003 Installation Methods 48
ELAB 1004 Instrumentation 24
ELAB 1005 Electronics 42
Work Placement  
PAMT 0001 Pre-Apprenticeship Work Placement 340
 Total Hours1120

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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