Program Information

Lambton College's Electrical Techniques program prepares students for a career in the rewarding and extensive electrical field.

Working both in the classroom and in various lab and shop settings, students gain practical, hands-on experience along with strong theoretical training in electrical fundamentals.

This program teaches students how electricity works, how many electrical devices work, how to use various electrical tools, the wiring of residential, commercial and industrial circuits, interpreting Electrical codes, and how electronics and instrumentation devices are used in today’s high tech world.

Upon completion, students who gain an apprenticeship are eligible to be exempted from Level 1 (Basic) of the in-school portion of the Construction Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship program. These skills go well beyond the minimum requirements to begin an electrical apprenticeship. After students earn their Electrical Techniques certificate, they can continue their education in related technology programs at Lambton College, such as the Electrical Power Distribution & Control Technician program.

Fall 2023 Delivery Format

Term 1 classes will be delivered in person and students will be required to be on campus for the duration of the term. The 2023 Fall term begins on September 6. Students must be on campus to join in-person classes starting September 6, 2023. No exceptions will be made.

See Course List

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent, with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U
  • Grade 12 Mathematics C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Physics C or U (recommended)

Please Note: Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12U mathematics is recommended; Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C) minimum final grade is 60%. If the program is highly competitive, preference will be given to students having Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12U mathematics, as well as Physics C or U.

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, it is mandatory to own a reliable laptop to complete tests and assignments.

Course List

ELC-1274: Basic Electrical Installations I

The student will develop a general knowledge of the operation of common hand and power tools; install common switching devices, outlets and enclosures, GFCI and AFCI circuits, as well as three and four way lighting circuits. All installations well be performed to the CEC and the student will correctly terminate conductors and demonstrate the application of non-metallic sheathed and armoured cable. The student will demonstrate the skills required to install a complete residential consumer's service. They will properly bend and install both EMT and Rigid conduit.

ELC-1726: Electrical Theory

This course covers the explanation of the fundamentals of electrical theory, from the molecular structure of matter to the laws that govern the calculation of current, voltage and power in DC circuits. Topics will include the relationships between voltage, current, resistance and power including Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws. Calculations will be made on series, parallel and combination circuits and current flow and power consumption in 2 and 3 wire systems. Circuits will be wired safely and measurements taken using digital multi-meters. As well, the course will include an introduction to alternating current AC.

ELC-1732: Safety and Electrical Code I

This course will focus on the Canadian Electrical Code regulations and the application of those regulations as they pertain to electrical installations in residential dwellings as well as commercial units. The student will learn to navigate through the Canadian Electrical Code and interpret sections including Wiring Methods, Conductors, Installation of Electrical Equipment and Protection and Control.

COM-1113: Workplace Communications

This course focuses on skills required in any organization or position: writing business documents, responding to realistic scenarios, and speaking in an organized and vibrant manner. Students will practice professional communications skills by producing, revising, and editing short business documents and engaging in verbal interactions and presentations.

ICS-1302: Fundamentals of Instrumentation I

This is an introductory course in process instrumentation and safety. Topics will include WHIMS and an introduction to industrial hazards, Job Safety Analysis, and Work Permits. Basic instrumentation and control loop concepts, instrument signalling, wiring, and calibration techniques will be studied. Pressure measurement will be covered in greater detail. The reading and interpretation of Process and Instrumentation Diagrams will be addressed. The laboratory component will expose the student to the correct use and operation of calibration devices, pressure sensors and measuring instruments.

MTH-1084: Mathematics for Electrical Circuits

This course reviews and develops topics in basic computation, measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and linear functions, emphasizing their electrical applications.


MTH-1904: Mathematics I*

This course reviews and develops concepts in algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, and vectors with technical applications.

ELC-2155: Electrical Systems Applications

This course is designed to extend the student's knowledge and experience into the areas of single-phase AC as well as DC systems. Resistive-reactive DC and AC circuits, power factor correction, DC motors and generators and single phase AC transformers are studied. Emphasis throughout the course is on problem solving. These concepts are supported and reinforced in the laboratory portion of the course.

ELE-1122: AutoCAD for Electrical Techniques

This is an introductory course on the use of AutoCAD Computer Assisted Design and Drafting software. Students learn to access AutoCAD commands for preferences, modifying drawings, dimensioning, applying text and plotting in order to produce 2-D drawings. The use of Computer Assisted Design is a drafting and design tool that is used extensively in many industries locally and throughout the world. An individual who learns, understands and can apply this program has little difficulty transferring those skills to other CAD programs. AutoCAD is introduced as a valuable tool that could be used by anyone, with a focus on electrical, process control and instrumentation.

ELC-2505: Electronic Devices and Applications

This course covers an explanation of the fundamentals of electronics from digital logic to the operation of basic semiconductor devices in DC and AC circuits. Topics will include logic gates, Boolean algebra, flip-flops, P-N junction diodes, LEDs, transistors, thyristors, opto-couplers and operational amplifiers. The student will apply his/her knowledge of these devices in practical circuits such as dimmers, variable frequency drives and programmable logic controllers.

ICS-2303: Fundamentals of Instrumentation II

This course consists of an introduction to some of the fundamentals of process variables such as temperature, pressure, and level measuring instruments. Topics include primary sensing devices, terminology and symbols, and test equipment usage including calibration procedures. The laboratory portion of the course allows the student to become familiar with various types of test equipment, connection of instruments to sense process variation, apply calibration standards, and learn troubleshooting skills.

ELC-2764: Industrial Installation Practices

In this course the student will gain the ability to read, interpret, and create electrical schematics related to motor control. The installation and operation of common controls used in industry including Stop-Start, Jog, Forward/Reverse, and speed control via variable frequency drives will become part of the student's skill set. An introduction to the wiring and programming of Programmable Logic Controllers will complete the student's industrial control knowledge. In addition students will gain the ability to interpret drawings and install conventional fire alarm system class A and class B circuits. Students will become familiar with different fire alarm devices along with their uses and operation.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

*MTH-1904 should be taken by students considering taking ICET, ICTN, or PDCT.

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates have the skills to work in a variety of residential construction settings including renovation projects. They will also have the required skills to work in a warehouse or wholesale business in the electrical field. Job titles include: general labourer, construction and maintenance electrician apprentice, industrial electrician apprentice, trade contractor assistant, electrical technician, network cabling, fire alarm technician, related mechanical trades, independent contractor, service technician and warehouse and wholesale sales.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Sarnia Campus
905-890-7833 x 222
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