Jim Roberts brings over 43 years of experience in the electrical field. A graduate from the Georgian College Electrical Engineering program, he started his career at Toronto Hydro Electrical Systems as a High Voltage Underground Cable Fault Technician then proceeded to Toronto Transit Commission where he obtained his red seal 309A electrical license and became a Maintenance/Construction Electrician responsible for over 67km of subway system and all facilities on a 24/7 electrical emergency response team.

Since 2000, he supervised over 95 maintenance electricians, coordinated major shutdowns to facilities for bi-annual electrical maintenance, assisted electricians on major faults in high and low voltage equipment.

Outside of work, he volunteered as a fire fighter with a local fire department. When he left the department after 20 years, he held the role of Senior Captain and was in charge of day to day operations including organizing firefighter certification training. He spent the past 9 years teaching an in-house 4 year maintenance and construction training program for over 55 electrical apprentices, at the same time responsible for keeping 140 electrical employees updated in new technology, high voltage switching, safety requirements and maintenance procedures.

Jim as expertise in electrical troubleshooting techniques, print reading, lockout tag out, work protection code, HV Switching and the Canadian Electrical Code.

Jim is well versed in low voltage troubleshooting, AD/DC systems, electrical schematic reading, High Voltage Work Protection Code, Canadian Electrical Safety Code, Certified Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Member, Ontario Fire Marshall certified facilitator and a Master electrician.


  • Gerry Bell, Cummins
    Jim was able to adjust on the fly to differences between course materials and trailer hardware vs examples we provided for our hardware.
  • Richards Rogers, Daam Galvanizing
    "Jim was a very good teacher, super knowledgeable and patient. He did not cut corners and took the time to make sure everyone was 100% on topic."
  • Jordan Winters, Littelfuse
    Jim has a lot of experience and thus a great insight on how to do work safely in a lot of situations and can convey this to people with very different jobs in a way that is easy to understand.
  • Mike Klamann, Toronto Transit Commission
    “I felt like I knew the instructor, Jim Roberts; he was really friendly.”
  • Robert Sorba, Mount Allison University
    Jim was awesome. Very knowledgeable and helpful. He was able to provide really good examples relevant to the material.
  • Minyu Cai, Cummins
    Jim is experienced and explained the content well. He is also patient in answering questions.
  • Conrad Castillo, Littelfuse Startco
    The instructor; Jim Roberts did very well. He was very thorough and entertaining in the course. Jim was also able to keep my attention and kept me engaged in this course. Thanks Jim!”
  • Denise Athaide, Cummins Inc.
    Jim did a good job of focusing on important material, keeping everyone's attention, and explaining important concepts.
  • Salman Afzal, Syncrude Canada
    “Jim Roberts is a really good instructor; he explained everything in detail and explained the hazards of switching electrical equipment. He has shown us the safest way of switching and what to look for when switching. I would recommend Jim because he is experienced and very safe and he knows the stuff...
  • Mike Zahra, Toronto Transit Commission
    “Good instructor, very knowledgeable.”
  • Daniel Martin, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Jim was professional, with good knowledge of the course. He was personable and easy to ask questions. He made sure we were clear on the content.
  • Andreas Frangias, Toronto Transit Commission
    “Jim was excellent and provided clear and concise information. He also used multiple ways to convey all the training in a way that kept it interesting.”
  • Chris Drdla, University of Toronto
    Jim was an exceptional instructor. It was great to have an instructor with so much hands-on experience. Jim kept me engaged in a course where I would normally be zoning out. Overall I would like to have Jim back to teach other courses.
  • Chue Yee Vang, Cummins
    This instructor has a lot of credentials and is very knowledgeable in various types of electrical components. He was able to apply to work-related experiences for us to get a better understanding.
  • Colin Aucoin, Blu Earth Renewables
    Jim is a fantastic instructor. He is very knowledgeable and provides practical examples that make the material easier to understand