PART-TIME | PORTAGE CAMPUS INDEP-CT Industrial Electrical Maintenance

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  • Certificate program
  • Available by classroom delivery; some courses available by distance delivery

Acquire the knowledge and skills for electrical theory and practical applications. You will have the opportunity to learn to maintain and troubleshoot control equipment used in manufacturing processes safely and effectively to improve productivity and performance.

From DC and AC fundamentals to the electrical code, control systems, instrumentation and more, you’ll gain basic electrical theory and will apply your knowledge in practical and safe projects and assignments.

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 English is strongly recommended.

Regular Admission Requirements

Successful completion of Grade 12 including one credit in:

  • Applied Math 40S

Program Outline

You must successfully complete six courses to earn a certificate.

Core Course

  • DC and AC Fundamentals - C

Electives (choose five):

  • Basic Housewiring - C
  • Control Systems - C
  • Electrical Code - C
  • Motor Controls - C
  • Programmable Logic Controllers - C
  • Electric Motors - C
  • Electronic and Sensing Devices - C
  • Instrumentation/Diagnostics - C
  • Occupational Safety and Health - C/D


  • C/D - Classroom or Distance Delivery
  • C - Classroom Delivery
  • D - Distance Delivery

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
COMP-1235Programmable Logic Controllers
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Learn and understand the relationship between Input/output, and Central Processor. Using Allen Bradley SLC 503/Micro Logix 1100. You will be able to configure a File/I/O. Use Data Files in the programs, and test/run programs.

ELEC-1000DC and AC FundamentalsRPL
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This DC and AC Fundamentals course is designed to equip students with an introductory understanding of electron theory, conductors, insulators, voltage, current, resistance, power, series and parallel circuits, batteries, capacitance, inductance, reactance, motors, generators, transformers, three-phase power and power factor correction. Students will learn and then apply theory to perform basic circuit analysis.

ELEC-1002Electric Motors
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Discover the principle of generators and motors, their types and characteristics. Study types of windings, calculation of slip, frequency, speed, power and torque equations. Learn about fractional horse-power motors, three-phase motors and the selection and application of D.C. and A.C. machines.

ELEC-1016Electrical Code
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This introductory course explains: all the sections of the Electrical Code, each rule and paragraph throughout; calculating all of section 8; and all Amendments of the Manitoba Power and City of Winnipeg Amendments to the present Code. At the end of the ten weeks give an examination to the students, and check papers. Diagrams on the board of rules will be provided. The only text that is required is the present code book and the instructor will supply the local amendments.

ELEC-1024Motor Controls
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Learn to deal with controlling devices, pilot devices, and braking method, timers, and counters. Expand your knowledge of control circuits, circuit layouts. You will have to opportunity to enhance your knowledge of designing motor controls circuits with hands-on experience wiring operational circuits.

ELEC-1116Electronic and Sensing Devices
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Learn about the basic characteristics and uses of important solid state devices. Study discrete components such as diodes, NPN/PNP transistors, triacs and SCRs. Examine linear integrated circuits, including op-amps, timers and regulators. Develop the ability to work with digital integrated circuits, like counters, logic chips and flip flops. Assemble projects to demonstrate the use of the transistor, SCR, diac, op-amp, 555 timer and counter. A voltmeter will be necessary.

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Develop the skills required to diagnose and repair electrical, electronic or computer-based systems. Gain hands-on experience in the operation of analog oscilloscopes, a variety of meters, variable power supplies and signal generators. Learn techniques for repairing large cct. boards to component level that would otherwise be replaced at a significant cost.

ELEC-1183Control Systems
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Examine feedback control systems, which are characterized by a sensor that measures the process being controlled and an output that is varied continuously to compensate for measured deviations. Study temperature and motor speed control, electronic control circuits, P.I.D. controllers, motors under variable speed control, stability and temperature sensors.

SAFE-1000Occupational Safety and Health
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Explore a basic introduction into the field of Occupational Safety & Health. The responsibilities of employers, employees and government in regards to occupational health and safety are addressed. Topics include job safety analysis, effective safety equipment and practices, occupational health and hygiene, safety programs, and safety instruction. Discover how to apply these standards in the work environment.

TRAD-1027Basic Housewiring
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Students will interpret wiring diagrams and symbols, understand the various devices and equipment associated with house wiring, will learn the process for properly terminating wiring and grounding in order to comply with Electrical code.  The student will become proficient in wiring with non-metallic sheathed cable and will wire projects and test operation of circuits.  (First Class is Mandatory)

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at a minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high-speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to  for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Graduation Requirements

You must complete your part-time program within four years from the start of the first course in the program, unless otherwise stated in the program outline.

A program GPA of 2.0 (60%) is required to graduate.

You will not be granted more than 75% of your credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit.

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. For complete details on applying to graduate and convocation, see

Questions about graduation? Please call 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 for assistance.

Graduation with Honours
If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program, you will graduate with honours. If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.

Employment Potential

Graduates have the following career options:

  • Electronic support
  • Industrial electrician apprentice
  • Instrumentation technologist

Recent Industrial Electrical Maintenance certificate graduates have reported finding employment in the following roles:

  • Apprentice electrician
  • Industrial electrician apprentice
  • Maintenance technician
  • Power engineer

For information on related programs and services, visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) at

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