# FIRST PERIOD TECHNICAL TRAINING ELECTRICIAN TRADE COURSE OUTLINE

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1 FIRST PERIOD TECHNICAL TRAINING ELECTRICIAN TRADE COURSE OUTLINE UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS PROGRAM THE LEARNER SHOULD BE ABLE TO PERFORM THE FOLLOWING OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES. COURSE ONE... CIRCUIT FUNDAMENTALS HOURS/6 CREDITS A. Basic Mathematics Hours Outcome: Solve trade related problems using basic mathematical skills. 1. Recognize basic arithmetic symbols. 2. Add whole, decimal and fractional numbers. 3. Subtract whole, decimal and fractional numbers. 4. Multiply whole, decimal and fractional numbers. 5. Divide whole, decimal and fractional numbers. 6. State the correct sequence for arithmetical operations and solve equations which use brackets. 7. Demonstrate the math skill required for transposition of equations in relation to Ohm s Law. B. Composition of Matter Hours Outcome: Describe the relationship between atomic structure and electron flow. 1. Describe the basic composition of matter. 2. Describe the basic structure of the atom. C. Current, Voltage, and Resistance Hours Outcome: Define voltage, current, and resistance and predict how changing the value of any one of them affects the circuit. 1. Describe an electric current. 2. Describe voltage. 3. Describe resistance and state and apply Ohm s Law. 4. Connect and verify relationship between voltage, current, and resistance according to Ohm s Law. D. Characteristics of Conductors Hours Outcome: Describe conductors, semiconductors and insulators and calculate the resistance of conductors. Describe the composition of fibre optic cables and their proper handling and installation. 1. Demonstrate the math skills required to calculate the resistance of a conductor of specific dimensions. 2. Describe factors affecting resistance. 3. Calculate the resistance of a conductor of specific dimensions. 4. Describe the electrical properties of materials. 5. Describe fibre optic systems. E. Series Resistive Circuits Hours Outcome: Connect and analyze a series resistive circuit and analyze the relationships between current, resistance, and voltage. T:\ADM\OUTLINES\Trades\First Period Technical Training Electrician Trade Course Outline 0614.docx July 14, 2014 Page 1

2 1. Define a series circuit and calculate current in a series circuit. 2. State the formula for total resistance and calculate resistance in a series circuit. 3. State and apply Kirchhoff s voltage law to a series circuit. 4. Define the terms ratio and direct proportion and perform calculations using both. 5. State the relationship between the resistive values of components and their voltage drops and solve problems using the voltage divider rule. 6. Determine the voltage drop across a closed or open circuit component in a series circuit. 7. Connect and verify Kirchhoff s current and voltage laws in a series resistive circuit. F. Parallel Resistive Circuits Hours Outcome: Connect and analyze the voltage, current and resistance characteristics of a parallel circuit. 1. Define a parallel circuit. 2. Calculate the total resistance of a parallel circuit using the appropriate formulas. 3. State and apply Kirchhoff s current law to a parallel circuit. 4. Describe the effects of open circuits on a parallel circuit. 5. Use the current divider principle to calculate branch currents. 6. Connect and verify Kirchhoff s current laws in a parallel resistive circuit. G. Series Parallel Resistive Circuits Hours Outcome: Connect and analyze a series parallel resistive circuit. 1. Identify resistors that are in series. 2. Identify resistors that are in parallel. 3. Calculate the total resistance of a series parallel circuit. 4. Apply Kirchhoff s current law. 5. Apply Kirchhoff s voltage law. 6. Solve problems involving series parallel circuits. 7. Connect and verify the relationship of current, voltage and resistance in each part of a series/parallel circuit. H. Work, Energy, Power and Efficiency Outcome: Describe the terms mass, work, force, energy, and power; describe how they are interrelated mechanically and electrically, and calculate the efficiency of simple circuits. 1. Describe mass, weight, and force. 2. Describe work, energy and power. 3. Describe electrical relationships of work, energy and power. 4. Calculate efficiency, voltage drop and line loss. 5. Connect and verify the power formulae. I. Edison 3 Wire Distribution Systems Hours Outcome: Connect and analyze an Edison 3 wire system. 1. Identify an Edison 3 wire system. 2. Analyze an Edison 3 wire system. 3. Describe and calculate the effects of a high resistance or broken neutral in an Edison 3 wire system. 4. Connect and verify the effects of a high resistance or broken neutral in an Edison 3 wire system. T:\ADM\OUTLINES\Trades\First Period Technical Training Electrician Trade Course Outline 0614.docx July 14, 2014 Page 2

3 COURSE TWO:... EMF SOURCES HOURS/2 CREDITS A. Methods of Producing EMF Outcome: Describe methods of producing EMF. 1. Explain the production of EMF by using chemicals. 2. Explain the production of EMF by using heat. 3. Explain the production of EMF by using pressure. 4. Explain the production of EMF by using light. 5. Explain the production of EMF by using magnetism. 6. Explain the production of EMF by using electrostatics. B. Cells and Batteries Hours Outcome: Describe some common batteries, their care and handling, and recharging precautions. 1. Define the basic terminology of cells. 2. Describe the construction and operation of a basic primary cell. 3. Describe the construction and operation of three types of lead acid batteries. 4. Describe the construction and operation of a nickel cadmium battery. 5. Describe the construction and operation of a lithium battery. 6. Describe the hazards and precautions to be observed when charging batteries. 7. Describe the three common battery performance ratings. 8. Calculate the effects of battery internal resistance. C. Magnetism Hours Outcome: Describe a magnetic material and define the terms used to express the characteristics of magnetic materials. 1. Describe the properties of magnetic materials. 2. Define the terminology related to magnetism. D. Electromagnetism and Electromagnetic Induction... 6 Hours Outcome: Describe electromagnetism and electromagnetic induction. 1. Describe electromagnetism and basic design considerations for electromagnetic devices. 2. Describe how an induced voltage is generated. 3. Describe the process of electromagnetic induction. E. Generators Hours Outcome: Describe the voltage and current characteristics of an ac and a dc generator. 1. Describe the basic construction of a generator. 2. State how a generator produces a voltage and identify the factors affecting its value. 3. State how a generated voltage can be connected to supply alternating current or direct current. COURSE THREE:... LAB FUNDAMENTALS HOURS/5.5 CREDITS A. Safety Hours Outcome: Demonstrate knowledge of safe work practices, safety procedures and responsibility for safety in the workplace. 1. Describe the workplace safety programs in Alberta and safety procedures relating to the electrician trade. T:\ADM\OUTLINES\Trades\First Period Technical Training Electrician Trade Course Outline 0614.docx July 14, 2014 Page 3

4 2. Identify and describe the safe use of common hand tools and equipment related to the electrician trade. 3. Identify and describe the safe use of common power tools and specialty tools related to the electrician trade. 4. Identify and describe lockout procedures. B. Meters Hours Outcome: Describe the proper use, care, and safety precautions for various electrical meters. 1. State the applications of the various meters. 2. List the precautions that must be observed when using meters. 3. Interpret the readings of analog meters. 4. Interpret the readings of digital meters. 5. Demonstrate proper range selection and connections of voltmeter, ammeter, ohmmeter, and megger. C. Conductors Hours Outcome: Describe basic forms and types of conductors, understand the methods used to identify conductor size, and predict the effects of conductor size on voltage drop in a circuit. 1. State the common types of conductor materials. 2. List the common forms of conductors. 3. Calculate the cross sectional area of conductors. 4. Determine the AWG wire size with a wire gauge. 5. Calculate the approximate voltage drop due to conductor resistance. D. Splicing and Terminating (Low Voltage) Outcome: Describe how to make effective splices, taps, and terminations. 1. List and describe four classes of terminations or connections used in the electrical trade. 2. Describe the proper method for stripping conductors and insulating splices. 3. Describe three common wire connections. 4. Describe the techniques used for mechanical and compression splices and terminations. 5. Describe the problems specific to aluminum conductor splices and terminations. E. Resistors Hours Outcome: Identify various resistors and interpret their ratings. 1. List two categories of resistors and describe their construction. 2. Explain the methods used to determine the ratings of fixed resistors. 3. Use a colour code chart to determine the resistance of a resistor. F. Switching Circuits Hours Outcome: Describe specific circuit switching arrangements by creating schematic drawing and wiring diagrams and demonstrating their connections in a lab. 1. Draw symbols that are commonly used in schematic and wiring diagrams. 2. Connect and verify the switching arrangement of various types of switches. 3. List applications of various types of switches. 4. Draw schematic and wiring diagrams for typical lighting circuits and demonstrate their connection. T:\ADM\OUTLINES\Trades\First Period Technical Training Electrician Trade Course Outline 0614.docx July 14, 2014 Page 4

6 B. General Rules Section Hours Outcome: Understand the following terms as they apply within Section 2 of the CEC; administrative, safety, maintenance, and enclosure requirements for an electrical installation. 1. Define the specific terms from Section 2 that apply to the first period code program. 2. Become familiar with the administrative rules in Section List the technical requirements described in Section 2. C. Conductor Material and Sizes Hours Outcome: Determine size, insulation type and insulation colour required for a conductor, based upon its condition of use. 1. Define specific terms from Section 4, that apply to the first period code program. 2. Apply specific rules of Section 4 to determine conductor sizes, with reference to the appropriate tables and appendices. 3. Determine the allowable ampacity of a conductor given load current and conditions of use. 4. Describe the conditions for use of flexible cords and equipment wire and be able to determine their allowable ampacity. 5. Recognize neutral conductors and determine their size. 6. Recall the CEC standards for conductor colours. D. Service and Grounding Requirements Hours Outcome: Describe the components, installation methods, and proper grounding of overhead and underground consumer s services to a single dwelling. 1. Define specific terms from Section 6 that apply to a residential occupancy. 2. Describe the wiring methods used for the installation of overhead services. 3. Describe the wiring methods used for the installation of underground services. 4. List the requirements for service equipment in a single dwelling. 5. Define specific terms from Section 10 that apply to a single dwelling. 6. Indicate the various points for grounding and bonding of a consumer service and determine the size of these conductors. E. Service Feeders and Branch Circuits Hours Outcome: Determine the loading on services, feeders, and branch circuits for single dwellings. 1. Define specific terms from Section 8 that apply to a residential occupancy. 2. Determine the minimum ampacity of service or feeder conductors supplying a single dwelling. 3. Determine the minimum required number of branch circuit positions for a single dwelling. 4. Determine the ampacity requirements for branch circuit conductors and ampere ratings of overcurrent devices applicable to a single dwelling. F. Wiring Methods Hours Outcome: Define and describe appropriate wiring methods for common installations. 1. Define specific terms from Section 12 that apply to a residential occupancy. 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the General Requirements sub section in Section Demonstrate an understanding of the Conductors, General, sub section in Section Describe the conditions for use of exposed wiring located outdoors. 5. Describe the conditions for use of non metallic sheathed cable. 6. Describe the conditions for use of armoured and mineral insulated cable. T:\ADM\OUTLINES\Trades\First Period Technical Training Electrician Trade Course Outline 0614.docx July 14, 2014 Page 6

7 7. Describe the conditions for use of raceways in general. 8. Describe the conditions for use of specific raceways. 9. Describe the installation of boxes, cabinets, and outlets. G. Installation of Electrical Equipment Hours Outcome: Describe the procedures for selecting receptacles and designing branch circuits for a residential occupancy and for domestic water heating and cooking appliance. State the requirements pertaining to storage batteries. 1. Define specific terms from Section 26 that apply to the first period code program. 2. Apply specific rules of Section 26 that deal with the electrical installations in battery rooms. 3. List the information required when selecting a receptacle for a specific application. 4. Determine the branch circuit requirements, number and location of receptacles required for areas (other than kitchens) of a residential occupancy in general and specifically, a single dwelling. 5. Describe the types of areas that require GFCIs and AFCIs and explain the operation of a GFCI and an AFCI. 6. Determine the branch circuits required, the number and type of receptacles required and the location of each for a kitchen. 7. Determine where the disconnecting means for a furnace must be installed. H. Installation of Lighting Equipment Outcome: Describe the wiring techniques involved with lighting installations and the terminology associated with lighting systems. 1. Define specific terms from Section 30 that apply to the first period code program. 2. Become familiar with the general requirements for interior lighting equipment. 3. Describe the factors identified in Section 30, which relate to the location of lighting equipment. 4. Describe the factors identified in Section 30, which relate to the installation of lighting equipment. 5. Describe the methods of wiring various types of lighting equipment. 6. Describe the bonding requirements of lighting equipment. 7. Recall the ratings and control methods of lampholders. I. Lighting Hours Outcome: Select, install and maintain luminaries based upon the user s lighting needs. 1. Define specific terms that are used in the lighting industry. 2. Describe the different types of electric lighting sources. 3. Describe the theory of operation of fluorescent and HID lamps. 4. Describe the types, pupose and basic operation of ballasts for electric discharge lighting lamps. 5. Compare the efficiencies and light outputs of various light sources. 6. Describe the restrictions on lamp interchangeability and the advantages and disadvantages of different maintenance regimes. J. Data Cabling Hours Outcome: Explain installation considerations and troubleshooting for data cabling systems in residential and commercial buildings. 1. Describe the basic considerations for data cable installations. T:\ADM\OUTLINES\Trades\First Period Technical Training Electrician Trade Course Outline 0614.docx July 14, 2014 Page 7

8 2. Differentiate between data cable types and characteristics. 3. Describe typical data cabling system topographies and characteristics. 4. Describe installation practices for copper data cabling. 5. Describe installation practices for optical fibre cabling. 6. Explain procedures for testing and troubleshooting data cabling installations. K. Class 1 and Class 2 Circuits Hours Outcome: Identify Class 1 and Class 2 circuits and describe their CEC requirements. 1. Define the terms from Section 16 that apply to the second period code program and list the Section 16 topics. 2. Determine the requirements for Class 1 and Class 2 circuits. 3. Identify the Class 2 circuits in a typical single dwelling. L. Electrician Apprenticeship Training Program Orientation... 2 Hours Outcome: Understand the role of the tradespeople, employers, Local Apprenticeship Committees, the Provincial Apprenticeship Committee and Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training in the development and maintenance of the electrician trade in Alberta. 1. Describe the apprenticeship training system in Alberta. 2. Study the training profile of the electrician apprenticeship in Alberta. 3. Describe the electrician program outline learning outcomes and objectives. 4. Describe the responsibilities for the Contract of Apprenticeship by the apprentice, employer and Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. 5. Describe a variety of employment opportunities for electricians. 6. Become familiar with the contents of the apprenticeship training record book. M. Orthographic Projection/Diagrams Hours Outcome: Identify the various views of a three dimensional object and obtain information from each one of these views. Understand and identify block diagrams, wiring diagrams, and schematic drawings. 1. Differentiate between the basic views of objects using orthographic projection. 2. Relate basic orthographic projections to views of a building. 3. Identify the lines commonly found on a blueprint. 4. Distinguish between a block diagram and a wiring diagram. 5. Read and interpret electrical schematic drawings. N. Dimensioning and Scaling/Print and Diagram Nomenclature/Construction Drawings... 2 Hours Outcomes: Read and interpret information from a drawing or print. Identify and interpret commonly used electrical symbols, abbreviations and terms. List the different types of drawings and their uses in a set of construction drawings. 1. Read and interpret dimensions from a drawing or print. 2. Use a scale to determine dimensions from a drawing. 3. Identify commonly used electrical symbols. 4. Interpret common abbreviations used on prints and drawings. 5. Interpret technical terms used on prints and drawings. 6. List the difference types of drawiings and their uses in a set of construction drawings. 7. Describe the disciplines and types of drawings used in a set of construction drawings. T:\ADM\OUTLINES\Trades\First Period Technical Training Electrician Trade Course Outline 0614.docx July 14, 2014 Page 8

9 O. Print Reading/Applied Drawings Hours Outcome: Interpret plan of a simple residential electrical installation. Interpret applied drawings of a simple residential electrical installation. 1. Extract information from a print. 2. Interpret a drawing of an overhead service for a single family dwelling. 3. Interpret a drawing of an underground service for a single family dwelling. 4. Interpret a partial floor plan of a typical residential electrical installation and do a material estimate. 5. Calculate the main service requirements for a single family dwelling. COURSE FIVE... WORK EXPERIENCE HOURS/3 CREDITS A. Work Experience Hours Outcome: In the work experience course the student has the opportunity to experience learning by doing in an actual employment setting. The student will gain valuable practical experience in their area of specialization and interest. Prerequisite: Completion of appropriate courses as identified by the Department. T:\ADM\OUTLINES\Trades\First Period Technical Training Electrician Trade Course Outline 0614.docx July 14, 2014 Page 9

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