Do you want a career that is challenging, secure and financially rewarding, and involves working with people in a variety of settings? Then why not join the growing number of men and women already working as electricians.

If you have a high school education and the ability to work with your hands, this could be the career for you. Apprentices get paid while learning a highly skilled trade. It's a field which opens the door to many opportunities.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I become an Electrician?

In order to become a licensed electrician in the Province on Ontario you must first complete an electrical apprenticeship.

What if I already had an Electrical License from another Country?

An individual would have to become certified with the Province of Ontario by successfully challenging the Certificate of Qualification exam. For more information on this process please contact the Ministry of Colleges and Universities at their website www.edu.gov.on.ca.

What education is required to become an electrical apprentice?

Under the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act the minimum education required is a completed grade 10. However, in the unionized sector of the electrical industry most programs require grade 12 with Math, English and Physics.

How long is an electrical apprenticeship?

Under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act an electrical apprenticeship is 9000 hours (approximately five years). However, some union programs will require a pre apprenticeship program be completed before acceptance into the apprenticeship.

Can I receive any credit hours for completed education?

Some programs do reduce the contract of apprenticeship in recognition for high school credits and in some cases for post secondary education courses. These are reviewed on an individual case by case basis.

What type of work does an electrician do?

There are several fields in which an electrician might work provided they have the appropriate certification:

  • ICI Sector - Work in this sector is Industrial, Commercial and Institutional.  This is referred to as a Construction and Maintenance Electrician.
  • Low Rise Residential Sector - This sector is restricted to housing excluding high rise residential buildings.
  • Lineworkers - This sector is restricted to the high voltage and the utility sectors.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY

If you are thinking about the career of Electrician, you might want to take your thoughts one step further and consider your career goals options once you have become a certified Journeyman Electrician. The Certificate of Qualification is the first step to continuous learning in the trade. There are many career opportunities available to an individual in the electrical industry through continuing education and training programs. Some of these careers opportunities are:

  • Foreman
  • Estimator
  • Project Manager
  • Electrical Contractor
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Technician/Technologist
  • Safety Inspector
  • Instructor

FIND YOUR LOCAL APPRENTICESHIP COUNCIL

Central Ontario

Diane Sutton

dsutton@ibew804.ca
www.ibew804.ca
Tel: (519) 742-8319
Fax: (519) 742-0583

Greater Toronto

Joint Apprenticeship Council

28 Fulton Way Unit #1
Richmond Hill, Ontario,
L4B 1J5

www.greatertorontoeca.org/
Tel: (905) 882-6484
Fax: (905) 882-9757

Hamilton

Joint Apprenticeship Council

www.electricalapprenticeship.ca
Tel: (905) 882-6484
Fax: (905) 882-9757

London

IBEW, Local Union 120

www.ibew120.ca
Tel: (519) 652-2929

Niagara Peninsula

Sue Phillips

ecaniagara@bellnet.ca
Tel: (905) 688-0376
Fax: (905) 688-5723

Northern Ontario

Ken Hewett

randy@ecaottawa.org
Tel: (705) 254-1315
Fax: (705) 254-5601

Ottawa

Quinte-St. Lawrence

Sarnia

IBEW Local Union 53

ibewcco.org
greenj@bellnet.ca
Tel: (613) 541-0633
Fax: (613) 541-0863

Thunder Bay

Karyn Sundell

www.weca.ca/ ecatb@tbaytel.net
Tel: (807) 623-4174
Fax: (807) 623-4572

Windsor

Jim Kennedy

jkennedy@meshgroup.ca
www.weca.ca
Tel: (519) 974-3411
Fax: (519) 974-9923