Partners in Training
The Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) and the Province of Ontario’s governing body for apprenticeship are in partnership to provide quality training and develop a highly skilled workforce necessary to meet client needs. The programs sponsored by ECAO and IBEW CCO exceed the minimum training standards required by the government of Ontario.
The ECAO and IBEW CCO offer apprenticeship and training for the following trades:
- Construction & Maintenance Electrician, 309A
- Domestic & Rural Electrician, 309C
- Powerline Technician, 434A
- Network Cabling Specialist, 631A
- Instrumentation and Control Technician, 447A
Pre-apprenticeship is an alternate entrance into the unionized electrical industry. Some local unions offer a pre-apprentice program for the Construction & Maintenance Electrician. For further information, contact a local union in your area.
What will I learn while I am in Trade School?
At Trade School, you will be taught all aspects of the electrical trade. Some of the components include:
- Fundamentals of Building Construction
- Electrical Code
- Print Reading and Drawing
- Electrical and Electronic Theory
- Installation Methods
- Communications Systems
- Programmable Logic Controls (PLC)
- Fire Alarm and Building Automation Systems
How long is the 309A electrical apprenticeship?
The length of the 309A electrical apprenticeship is 9,000 hours, which is broken down into five terms of 1,800 hours.
How/where do I apply?
Please contact the local in your area for more information on becoming an apprentice.
One of the advantages of apprenticeship is that you are paid while you learn. The electrical trade is governed by the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act (MSTAA), which sets the rate of pay for an electrical apprentice. The rate of pay for the first term of training is 40% of the journeyperson rate. It increases by 10% each term. The pay rate is 80% in the fifth term.
Skilled tradespersons are in steady demand and are well paid in the electrical industry. Advances in technology impact the electrical trade more than any other trade. There is an increasing demand for well-trained people. Wages are generally higher in urban centres than in rural areas and will often be better in the unionized sector than the unorganized sector.