What we teach in the Electrical Apprenticeship

Kelly ReaburnApprenticeships, EmployersLeave a Comment

Ever wondered what you or your apprentice are actually learning at trade school? Well, we’ve taken the jargon out of the units.

First Year

This unit contains EVERYTHING apprentices need to know on day one. This full day induction is where we take them under our wing, set out our expectations for attending our trade school, explain support resources available, get their commencement training plans signed and make sure they understand and their profiling is explained and setup.

These 3 units provide apprentices with all the fundamental knowledge they will need to be safe in the workplace. We cover everything from Safe Work Practices, identifying hazards and risks, mitigating hazards and risks, and completing relevant documentation.

We also ensure all our apprentices complete CPR & Low Voltage Rescue training where they will learn the principles of CPR, LV Panel Rescue & lock out procedures.

This unit provides apprentices with the electrical maths fundamentals like Ohm’s Law, electrical conversions and transposition. It also give apprentices the basic concepts of series and parallel circuits. It also looks at capacitors and resistors and how they function in a circuit. They will also gain basic knowledge of testers & meters and how they are used to test in a circuit.

This unit gives apprentices the fundamental knowledge and skills to be able to read and interpret plans, draw basic diagrams and learn electrical symbols. They also get to know switching from both a theory and practical point of view.

This unit teaches apprentices about all the tools they will use in the trade and their uses, methods for fixing devices and cable types and uses.

This unit provides apprentices with an understanding of the importance of measuring and marking out accurately, how to interpret different drawings and the correct (and safe) use of hand tools, power tools and different materials.

Apprentices start to gain an understanding of magnetism, electromagnetism, inductors and induction, DC machines and measurement instruments.

This unit sees apprentices learn everything they are going to need to know about cables. They will learn terms, materials, arrangement, size and types, as well as different types of terminations and terminating.

They also get the opportunity to complete cable installations so they can put theory into practice. 

Second Year

This unit provides apprentices with an appreciation of sustainable work practices, sustainable power generation, understanding the carbon footprint and how it can be reduced, and the future of sustainability.

We partner with our friends down the road at CERES Community Environment Park to give our apprentices hands on exposure to all things renewable. 

This unit starts building on the foundations and teaches apprentices about transformers, induction motors, AC machines, synchronous machines, alternators and generators.

This unit reiterates the importance of safety on site by providing apprentices with further training on workplace hazards, risk control measures, and documentation. We also reiterate the importance of lockout, isolation and tagging. 

Here is the point where we make sure all the apprentices that attend our trade school stay current with their CPR/LVR Accreditation and run a refresher course to ensure they are up to date with the principles of CPR, LV Panel Rescue & Lock out procedures.

This unit is one of the most important theory units (although we think all the units are important). This unit covers Pythagoras’ Theorem, phasor diagrams (single & 3 phase), harmonics and effects and fault loop impedance.

This unit is where we teach apprentices about heating and lighting. We cover everything from LEDs and dimmers through to fire protection & emergency lighting.

This is where we start to move into switchboard design, wiring and arrangement. Making sure each apprentice has a sound understanding of MEN systems, earth fault loop, fault protection and the testing and safety fundamentals that go along with it!

Following on from switchboard design and installation we move into fault finding and mandatory testing. In this fault finding & testing unit we also teach the apprentices all about fault finding on electrical installations and equipment.

Third Year

This unit teaches the apprentices about designing and programming PLCs, contractors, relays, control devices, motor control and braking. This builds on their knowledge of drawing, reading and interpreting wiring diagrams and circuit drawings.

This unit builds on the apprentices’ knowledge of cables by teaching them max demand, current carrying capacity, voltage drop, fault loop impedance and switchboard/metering.

This is where we teach apprentices everything they need to know about data, communications and structured cabling. They will cover everything from plans, cable types, installation, termination and testing/fault finding.

During these units apprentices will complete the assessment against the 50 ACMA regulatory questions and apprentices will be provided with the paperwork required to complete their Cablers Registration (Open) with the structured cabling (Cat5 &Cat6) & coaxial endorsements through ACRS.

These units provide apprentices with a summary of what they have learnt including testing, max demand, standards and codes, transformers, testing, protection, earthing, series and parallel circuits. This unit also covers all safety and paperwork requirements when completing an electrical installation.

Here is the point where we again make sure all the apprentices that attend our trade school stay current with their CPR/LVR accreditation and run a refresher course to ensure they are up to date with the principles of CPR, LV Panel Rescue & Lock out Procedures.

This is the last day of trade school and it is an opportunity for the apprentices to close everything off, sign off on their training plans and complete outstanding profiling cards. If apprentices are up to date with all their schooling and profiling they will be issued with the paperwork required to sit their LEAs.

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