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Industrial Electrical Technology

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Industrial Electrical Technician

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Learn how to plan, install, test, inspect, troubleshoot, and service all types of industrial electrical equipment. You will take courses in the essentials of electricity, wiring and circuits, as well as advanced courses in automation and motion control, programmable logic controls, industrial
communication systems, and computer-aided design.

The Industrial Electrical Technology program also prepares you for a variety of roles by teaching you construction and residential wiring methods. What you learn in class, you’ll demonstrate and test in a variety of on-site electrical lab areas, giving you hands-on training and exposure to real-life working conditions to prepare you for a career as an industrial electrician.


The most successful path to a Red Seal as an industrial electrician begins with the Industrial Electrical Technology program. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training and write two years of apprenticeship block exams, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Red Seal exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.

The Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification.



This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
University of New Brunswick - Saint John, Bachelor of Applied Management Graduates with a 70% average receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Management degree.
  • Grade 12 academic
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1st Year



Tuition $4,471 $9,571
Fees $737 $1,487
Other Costs $1,605 $1,605
Total $6,813 $12,663

2nd Year



Tuition $4,471 $9,471
Fees $717 $1,467
Other Costs $665 $665
Total $5,853 $11,603

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $4,471 $4,471
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $445 $445
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Graduation fee - $ 100
     Subtotal $5,208 $5,188
1st installment due September 5 $3,420 $3,400
2nd installment due January 8 $1,788 $1,788

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $985 $665
Materials/Supplies $20  
Uniforms/Safety Shoes $200
Equipment/Tools $400
     Subtotal $1,605 $665
Total $6,813 $5,853


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $9,571 $9,471
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195 $1,195
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Graduation fee - $100
     Subtotal $11,058 $10,938 
1st installment due September 5 $9,270 $9,150
2nd installment due January 8 $1,788 $1,788

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $985 $665
Materials/Supplies $20  
Uniforms/Safety Shoes $200
Equipment/Tools $400
     Subtotal $1,605 $665
Total $12,663 $11,603

*International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

  • Manufacturing
  • Processing
  • Construction
  • Marine
  • Sales
  • Service industries
  • Engineering sector
  • Canadian Armed Forces


After you graduate from Holland College, your apprenticeship training begins. When you register with your provincial apprenticeship program, you will receive credit for the hours earned and level exams passed while you were at Holland College. Learn more about apprenticeship and the Red Seal program.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:ATMN-2100

Programmable Logic Controls I

In this course students learn the knowledge and,skills necessary to understand what a,Programmable Logic Control (PLC) is, some of what,it can do, and how to perform basic programming,and troubleshooting.


Course Code:ATMN-2110

Programmable Logic Controls II

This course builds on the foundation set in,Programmable Logic Controls I, allowing students,to expand their knowledge of programmable,controllers and programming. Students learn the,graphical programming languages Function Block,Diagram (FBD) and Sequential Function Chart (SFC),and construct programs using subroutines.


Course Code:ATMN-2120

Instrumentation and Motion Control

Instrumentation (process control) and motion,(servo) control are two branches of control,engineering that use industrial automation to,produce a product or control a process. Students,learn about the components, circuits, instruments,,and control techniques used in these two branches,of industrial automation. Theory is reinforced,through lab activities and projects.


Course Code:ATMN-2130

Industrial Communication Systems

This course provides students with an overview of,the industrial communication networks used today,in many industrial plants and factories. Students,learn about various hardware components, cabling,types and network protocols. Using the Industrial,Ethernet protocol, students develop software,programs to communicate between Programmable Logic,Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interfaces,(HMIs), and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs).


Course Code:ATMN-2150

Automation and Control Wiring Methods

In this course students learn the practical,skills required to perform the task of building,an industrial control panel, complete with a PLC,controller (programmable logic controller) and,all associated inputs/outputs required for a,complete turn-key operation. Students are,responsible for ensuring that the control panel,meets all applicable code requirements for the,wiring methods used. Students also input their,own PLC program to make the control sequence,operate as per the specifications of the project.


Course Code:BLPR-1010

Electrical Blueprint Reading

The ability to read and understand blueprints is,essential in the construction field, as,blueprints are used to design, plan, estimate and,build projects. This course introduces students,to blueprint reading and sketching, with a focus,on engineered drawings for residential and,commercial types of structures.


Course Code:CADD-1015

Introduction to Computer-Aided Design

This course is an introduction to basic,terminology, concepts and functions of,Computer-Aided Design / Manufacturing (CAD/CAM),software. Students acquire the skills and,knowledge to produce and modify technical,drawings, set up and manage an electronic filing,system, and specify hardware and peripheral,equipment required to generate drawings. Students,are also introduced to 3D modeling techniques and,processes used to produce manufactured parts.


Course Code:CADD-2015

Computer-Aided Design II

This course focusses on the application of CAD,software and the reproduction of specific use,drawings for other courses.


Course Code:COMM-1005

Workplace Communications

This course is designed to allow students to,develop preparatory skills for securing and,retaining employment including; workplace,communication, time management, critical thinking,and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon,successful completion of this course students are,able to use oral communications techniques, and,create a variety of written documents and reports,used in the workplace. Methods and strategies,for job search, preparation and retention are,also incorporated.


Course Code:COMM-2005

Workplace Communications II

This course is a combination of the oral and,written communication skills that are required,for the transition from school to the workplace. ,Included in the formal technical writing is,business correspondence, informal and formal,report writing, proper citation techniques, and,report formatting. Oral presentation skills,,including utilizing technology, and job search,and interview techniques, are also covered.


Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore,digital environments with practical applications,for various workplaces and educational,institutions. The main areas of focus include word,processing, spreadsheets, presentation software,,email and other electronic communication tools,,various digital environments, and,industry-specific applications.


Course Code:ELEC-1001

Occupational Safety and Canadian,Electrical Code

Students learn safe working practices and,measures to ensure both personal and public,safety as it pertains to the electrical trade. ,Students also learn about the Canadian Electrical,Code (CEC), how to utilize this standard, and how,it applies to electrical installations that they,will encounter in the program, and throughout,their careers.


Course Code:ELEC-1015

Electrical Fundamentals

Study of electricity, passive direct current (DC),circuits, and passive alternating current (AC),circuits. Learners analyze DC and AC circuits;,select and test passive components; measure,electrical quantities using appropriate test,equipment. Construction and troubleshooting,techniques for circuits are introduced.


Course Code:ELEC-1035

Residential and Commercial Wiring,Methods

Students learn the wiring methods and practical,skills required for both residential and,commercial / industrial installations ensuring,compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code,(CEC). The course focusses on the proper,selection and installation of wiring, conduit,,tubing and cables and the wiring methods employed,with their installation.


Course Code:ELEC-1053

Three-Phase Circuits

This course introduces the theory of three-phase,circuits and systems and their use in commercial,and industrial wiring. The advantages of using,three-phase circuits is that motors, generators,and transformers are cheaper and more efficient,,three-phase transmission lines can deliver more,power for a given weight and cost, and the,voltage regulation of a three transmission system,is superior to that of a single-phase circuit.,The course has a lab component to aid in,reinforcement of theory.


Course Code:ELEC-1055

Three Wire Distribution Systems,,Conductors and Voltage Drop

In this course students learn about the various,types, designs, and applications of three wire,distribution systems and electrical conductors. ,Students explore internal and external variables,that limit a conductor's ability to conduct,electricity. Students perform calculations of a,conductor's performance in the presence of,certain variables, using the Canadian Electrical,Code (CEC) as a guide.


Course Code:ELEC-1150


This course covers single-phase and three-phase,transformers. A transformer is an AC machine,that transfers energy from one circuit to another,circuit. They are sometimes called voltage,changers. This course has a lab component to aid,in reinforcement of theory. The Canadian,Electrical Code is applied in this course for the,sizing of conductors and overcurrent devices used,in transformer circuits.


Course Code:ELEC-1160

Introduction to Rotating Electrical,Machines and Controls

This course introduces the theory of DC and AC,rotating machines and their basic control, with,focus on the proper identification of the machine,as well as the wiring connections and control,methods. As part of this course, students are,given the opportunity to demonstrate motor wiring,skills in a practical workshop environment.


Course Code:ELEC-2100

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices are the fundamental building,blocks from which all useful electronic equipment,is constructed. This course covers the theory,and operation of electronic devices and circuits., Diodes, Bipolar Junction Transistors,,Operational Amplifiers, Thyristors, and,Photoelectric devices are studied.


Course Code:ELEC-2110

Digital Logic Circuits

Digital Technology forms the foundation for,computers, automobile electronics, industrial,control systems, consumer electronics, wireless,communication, television and radio. This course,covers the core fundamentals of digital,technology. Topics explored include logic gates,,adders, encoders, decoders, comparators,,multiplexers, demultiplexers, latches,,flip-flops, timers, counters, shift registers and,data conversion. Theory is reinforced through,lab activities and projects.


Course Code:ELEC-2130

Industrial Motor Control

This course builds on the knowledge and skills,developed in the Introduction to Electrical,Rotating Machines and Controls course. Advanced,motor control methods will be introduced,including Variable Frequency Drives, Servo Motor,control, Timers, Detection Sensors, and Motor,Control Centers. There is a significant component,of wiring advanced control schematics into real,world scenarios. The course primarily lab based.


Course Code:ELEC-2135

Industrial Methods and Practices

Students learn the purpose, requirements, and,installation methods and practices for various,types of electrical systems, including medium and,high voltage systems, environmental and hazardous,installations, cathodic protection systems,,lightning protection systems, and signaling,systems, with an emphasis on requirement set by,the Canadian Electrical Code.


Course Code:ELEC-2140

Building Systems - Electrical

This course provides an overview of the various,building electrical systems that electricians,typically encounter in both residential and,commercial settings. Systems explored include,building lighting systems, heating, ventilation,and air conditioning (HVAC), solar photovoltaic,systems, as well as standby and backup systems. ,Students gain an understanding of the electrical,characteristics of these systems in order to,properly install and troubleshoot equipment in a,safe and proficient manner.


Course Code:FLUD-1000

Introduction to Fluid Power Systems

This course is an introduction to fluid power,technology as it relates to hydraulic and,pneumatic systems. The course begins with a,study of the physical properties of fluid power,systems. The function and application of,compressors, control valves, pumps, actuators,,reservoirs, filters and accessories are explored.


Course Code:MATH-1100

Technical Mathematics I

This course is designed to enable the student to,develop technician level math skills. Students,will acquire competency in the math skills as they,relate to their energy systems engineering,technology program and future career. Emphasis,will be placed on developing problem solving and,critical thinking skills that the student will use,in troubleshooting. Students will be challenged,to continually make connections between math and,their main program, as well as every day,applications.


Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard,first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),skills from a certified trainer. As required by,regulation, this course covers CPR and the,management of other breathing, airway and,circulation emergencies, as well as, the control,of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing,fractures and dislocations, head and spine,injuries, and more. Also, includes automated,external defibrilators (AED). This certification,expires in 3 years.


Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information System (WHMIS) training and,certification.


Course Code:PHYS-1000


This course is designed to introduce students to,mechanical physics. Topics in this course,include kinematics, statics, energy, states of,matter and waves. Emphasis is placed on,developing problem-solving and critical thinking,skills as the students relate the physics',concepts to their program of study and their,future career.


Course Code:PRAC-2300

Industrial Electrical Work Integrated,Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) training provides,students with an opportunity to apply skills and,knowledge acquired in the Industrial Electrical,Technology program to a relevant work environment.,WIL participants are expected to assume, with,appropriate supervision, the duties and,responsibilities normally expected of an,entry-level employee in a similar position. Using,their own observations and initiative, students,are expected to acquire and apply new skills as,may be expected of a new employee in their,respective workplace setting.