2357 Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structures & the Environment)
City & Guilds
About the course:
This course will cover a wide range of electrical installation work, health & safety, electrical principles, installation procedures, relevant legislation, organising, planning and working practices.
You will study at college part time usually one day a week for some theory classes plus practical in our well-equipped electrical installation workshop and you will also be able to obtain workplace evidence for your NVQ Portfolio from your onsite work. You will study at college and at home to carry out a range of electrical installation assignments. You will attend regular review meetings to assist your portfolio building and course progression. There will be some work based observations where you will be able to demonstrate your work skills and occupational competence.
This is a new course for trainee electricians wishing to become a qualified installation electrician. You could become an electrician who works in people's homes or an electrician who works on a construction site or in shops, offices or other industry locations such as a factory or an engineering workshop. There is a wide range of success in the electrical installation industry. You could become self-employed, start your own electrical contracting company or become an electrical design consultant.
The course will include tasks associated with electrical installation work, including...
Health & Safety, Environmental Technology Systems, Organising Work, Planning & Selection of Equipment & Systems, Preparation and Installation of Wiring Systems, Termination & Connection of Cables, Inspection & Testing and Fault Diagnosis.
The course will enable you to demonstrate your ability to work safely, design circuits, prepare to install work, install cables, enclosures and equipment, terminate and connect cables and equipment, carry out inspection and testing of circuits and equipment and also undertake fault finding diagnostics.
Following the theory and practical work for each unit you will be assessed on site for practical skills and competence. You will also collect and present evidence in your NVQ portfolio.
GCSE Maths and English at grade A-C are good examples plus you will need to be able to demonstrate practical competence in a realistic working environment. There will be plenty of opportunities to assist your development in a range of key areas such as numeracy, literacy, IT and other subjects applicable to this course. You will be able to show a keen interest in electrical work and be able to demonstrate a range of knowledge and skills such as maths, drawing, practical work and science. You will be a trainee electrician usually already or about to be working in the electrical installation industry
The course will include classroom studies, practical workshops, self-study, research and a range of assessment activities. You will be able to study as part of a group and as an individual carrying out some research, using IT and in the electrical workshop constructing and testing circuits. Your tutor and your assessor will monitor your course progress providing individual constructive feedback with regular reports and assessment outcomes.
There are no specific equipment requirements to undertake this course although you will need to consider the purchase of some safety clothing and footwear. Your tutor will advise on this PPE (personal protective equipment) when you start your course.
There will be a range of assessment activities including, coursework assignments, theory tests and your NVQ portfolio of work related evidence with practical assessment of your work in a realistic working environment. There is also an industry standard practical assessment to undertake (AM2). Each assessment activity will enable you to progress through the course at your own pace and speed with constructive feedback that will enable you to focus on any particular improvement areas or specific work identified. When you have reached the required standard you will be graded as passed for that particular unit. You will then continue with the next unit of theory or practical work.
This course will enable you to become a fully qualified installation electrician who will be able to specialise in the construction or engineering industries. You may be able to progress to an HNC or other level 4 engineering qualification. Jobs and a career in the electrical industry could include Electrical Design Consultant or an Electrical Engineer. You may wish to start your own business as an Electrical Contractor designing, installing and testing electrical installations in domestic, commercial or industrial environments. There are many progression routes open to you. You can research these online; key words to Google are... NICEIC, ECA and IET.
You will be able to present a range of suitable evidence for your NVQ portfolio and be able to demonstrate your practical competence in a realistic working environment. You will need to be able to collect a wide range of suitable evidence that allows you to demonstrate your electrical installation competence across a range of disciplines. This will include a range of wiring systems (PVC/PVC, SWA , FP200) for a range of types of installation including domestic, commercial, industrial and with a range enclosures such as conduit, trunking and cable tray. You will also be working with single phase installations as well as 3 phase systems, including motors, motor control and TP&N supplies like 3 phase bus bar systems. Various circuits you will work with include... lighting, power, heating controls, alarms and power supplies.
You will need to undertake an interview with the course tutor so that the course content and its requirements can be fully explained to you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and make sure that this course is the right one for you. You will complete an application and enrolment form and will need to attend college to complete the enrolment process.