Combined Electrician & Network Cabling: Instructor Wayne Rowley Answers Your Questions

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Instructor Wayne Rowley (far left) with a class of Combined Electrician & Network Cabling students

What exactly is the Combined Electrician and Network Cabling program all about? What’s the point of learning both trades at once, and what can you expect in class? 

Good questions. To get answers, we went straight to the source: instructor Wayne Rowley.  

Wayne gave us a preview of the skills and theory taught in the combined program, and explained how this training can get you hired in a wide range of positions.

Here’s everything you need to know about who teaches the course, what you’ll learn, and how to get started. 

Combined Electrician & Network Cabling Program: Fast Facts

To start, you’ll need an overview of the structure of the combined program. How long it takes to complete, number of courses, career options, etc. Here are the fast facts:  

  • 42 weeks long 
  • 15 courses 
  • Graduate with electrician skills and a background in network cabling technology 
  • Qualify to become a construction electrician, industrial electrician, electrical contractor, CATV technician, computer IT technician, network cabling specialist, or communications cabling technician 
  • Program is offered at both the Toronto and Cambridge campus 

The courses for this program include both electrical theory and practice, and the basics of network cabling. 

On the electrical side, students learn everything included in a standard Construction and Maintenance Electrician program: 

  • How to layout, assemble, and install electrical wiring, fixtures, and control devices for buildings 
  • How to test, troubleshoot, and repair electrical systems and components 

On the network cabling side, you’ll learn: 

  • How to pull and mount cable 
  • How to read and interpret network design documentation 
  • How to install jacks and test cable 
  • How to install cable for data and voice connections 
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Combined Electrician & Network Cabling students with other classmates on the shop floor, at Herzing College trades division (formerly called the Pre-apprenticeship Training Institute, or PAT)

Who is Wayne Rowley? 

Wayne Rowley is a licensed electrician with 26 years of experience. He started his apprenticeship straight out of high school back in 1984, doing residential and commercial jobs. 

After getting licensed, Wayne moved into industrial electrician work in Hamilton, Ontario. 

“I worked at several factories in Hamilton, including Case and Dofasco. I ended up at Stelco-US Steel, where I eventually got promoted to supervisor. I managed 30 electricians working 3 shifts, 24/7. It was a very good job, but after 26 years, I started thinking about doing something different.” 

Wayne was naturally drawn to teaching. His role as supervisor involved plenty of coaching and working with apprentices, so he looked into trade schools near Hamilton. 

That’s when he joined Herzing College (formerly called the Pre-apprenticeship Training Institute).  

“I’d always enjoyed teaching apprentices over the years, and wanted to teach and help the next generation of workers. I’d heard of the Pre-apprenticeship Training Institute and was accepted to teach at the Cambridge campus. I’ve been here since February 2013 and have loved every minute of it.” 

Wayne is coming up on his 6th year teaching the electrician/network cabling program. There’s no one better to learn from – and no better way to launch your trades career. 

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Wayne Rowley (right, front) with students on the shop floor

Most Fun vs Most Difficult Part of the Combined Program 

We wanted to know more about what to expect in the Combined class. So we asked Wayne which topics students tend to struggle with, and which parts of training are the most fun. 

As you might expect, he told us math skills are often a challenge for students. Wayne says math calculations, circuits, and wiring can be tough to learn, at least at first.  

“During the theory part of training, students sometimes have difficulty with the math related to the series circuit, the parallel circuit, and the combination circuit. All have similar parts, but there are different math rules for each one, which can be hard to remember 

On the practical side, the challenge is figuring out all the different types and sizes of wireand how much current you can put on each one 

But Wayne says, once they get it right, students end up enjoying this part of the program the most. There’s a huge feeling of reward and accomplishment when they’re able to resolve the problem and complete the wiring correctly.

“At the start of training, doing just one switch and one light is a big project. But, by the end of the program, they can wire every circuit in a house. And when I power up those circuits and they all work perfectly, you can see the satisfaction on the face of every student!” 

See a detailed course list for Combined Electrician/Network Cabling Training

 

Skills That Will Get You Hired 

Everyone does trades training for the same reasons: to land a great job/apprenticeship after graduation. And build a successful career from that day forward. 

The Combined Electrician and Network Cabling program is all about increasing your career options after school. Students actually learn 2 trades, which gives them double the job opportunities. 

But, what are the most valuable, job-ready skills you’ll learn by the end of this program? What knowledge and hands-on abilities will get you hired? 

Wayne says his goal is to produce grads who can show up at a job site, ready to work, right from day one. 

“By the time they graduate, our students can do electrical and cabling tasks independently, their very first day on the job.  They can wire boxes, hang lights, install breakers…This is the way the program was designed – to make the student valuable to the employer. The theory and the codes will come with experience. Companies hire our grads because they can actually do the work.” 

Learn more about Combined Electrician & Network Cabling Training 

Still have questions about this combined program? We’d be happy to answer them. Your next step is to fill out the Request Info form on this screen – or start a live chat with an Admissions Advisor. 

We can help you with: 

  • Admission requirements (are you eligible to apply for this program?) 
  • Funding and financial aid options 
  • Class schedules 
  • Booking a campus tour 
  • Filling out an application 

An Advisor will help you figure out if this training is right for you, and exactly how to get started. You can also click below to explore the Combined program for yourself. See a detailed list of courses, career options, and more info. Go for it!

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