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ELAT 400 - Electrician Level 4
Course Details

Course Code:
  ELAT 400

Calendar Description:
The Electrician level 4 course provides students the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills acquired either through Level 3 Apprenticeship, or from on the job experience. The course builds on the concepts learned in Level 3 as set forth by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

Date First Offered:  2007-09-04

  • Total Hours: 300
  • Lecture Hours: 20
  • Shop Teaching Kitchen: 10
Total Weeks:  10

This course is offered online:  No

  • Successful completion of Level 3 Apprenticeship Technical Training
  • OR  successful challenge of Industry Training Authority Level 3 Placement Exam. 
Non-Course Pre-Requisites:  None

Co-Requisites:  None

Rearticulation Submission:  No

Course Content:
Applied Trade Concepts: 
  • Principals of alternating current 
  • Principals of AC circuits 
  • Principals of electrical circuits and equipment 
Industrial Computing: 
  • Computer hardware and software 
  • Computer operating systems and networks
Digital Logic
  • Digital logic circuits
Programmable Logic Controllers: 
  • Principles of programmable controllers 
  • PLC programming 
  • PLC operations
High Voltage Installations: 
  • High voltage AC distribution systems 
  • High voltage cables and terminations 
  • High voltage AC switchgear and fuses 
  • High voltage protective relaying 
  • High voltage test equipment 
  • Industrial wiring practices
Modern Building Systems: 
  • Signal, communication, and alarm systems 
  • Emergency power systems 
  • Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning control systems 
  • Photovoltaic systems 
  • Data cabling
Automated Control Systems: 
  • Principles of process control
Variable Speed Drives: 
  • Adjustable speed DC drives 
  • Variable frequency AC drives
Electrical Code and Print Reading: 
  • Electrical construction drawings 
  • Rules of the CEC to wiring installations
Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the principals of alternating current, AC circuits, and electrical circuits and equipment 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in industrial computing including knowledge of hardware and software, and operating systems and networks 
  • Explain the function and capability of digital logic circuits
  • Describe the principals of programmable logic controllers including programming and operations 
  • Explain the areas of high voltage installations including high voltage AC distribution systems, cables and terminations, AC switchgear and fuses, protective relaying, test equipment, and industrial wiring practices 
  • Demonstrate proper procedure when connecting alarm systems, emergency power systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning control systems, photovoltaic systems, and data cabling 
  • Describe process controls in automated control systems 
  • Explain adjustable speed AC drives and variable frequency AC drives 
  • Demonstrate thorough comprehension when reading electrical construction drawings and applying the rules of the CEC to wiring installations 
Upon completion of t his course, and the 1500 fourth year workplace hours, the learner will be eligible to write the Interprovincial Standards "Red Seal" examination for this trade. 

Grading System:  Pass/Fail

Passing Grade:  70%

Grading Weight:
  • Final Exam: 30 %
  • Quizzes and Tests: 70 %
Percentage of Individual Work:  70

Percentage of Group Work:  30

Course Offered in Other Programs:  No

Additional Comments:
  • Please review the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy 
  • Safety Glasses
Keys to Success:
  • Attendance
  • Class participation
  • Maintaining a professional attitude
  • Successful study habits
  • Receiving a minimum of 70% on all practical and theoretical quizzes and tests.
Text Books:
  • Required - Ministry of Advanced Education and ITAC, 2000, 4th Year Course Modules (Queens Printer). Chapters Covered: 25-33
  • Required - Canadian Standards Association (CSA), 2006, Canadian Electircal Code Part 1. Chapters Covered: All
  • Required - Herman, S. L., et al, 2004, Electrical Wiring Industrial (Thomson/Nelson). Chapters Covered: All
  • Optional - Herman, S. L., et al, 2006, AC Fundamentals (Thomson/Nelson). Chapters Covered: All
  • Optional - Herman, S. L., et al, 2006, DC Fundamentals (Thomson/Nelson). Chapters Covered: All
  • Optional - Hart, G. V., 2002, Ugly's Electrical References (Burleson Distributing). Chapters Covered: All
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