Electrical Technology Curriculum Guide

The Electrical Technology program prepares individuals for a career in a variety of areas including residential, commercial, industrial wiring, and plant maintenance.

Electricity is essential for light, power, air conditioning, and refrigeration.  Electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications.  They may also install and maintain the electronic controls used for machines in business and industry.

New technologies are expected to continue to stimulate the demand for electricians.  Increasingly, buildings will be pre-wired during construction to accommodate use of computers and telecommunications equipment.

Recommended Courses (Certificate Program)

course code course title credit hours
ELEC-130 Safety (OSHA 10) 1
ELEC-116 AC/DC Circuits 4
ELEC-118 Residential Wiring 4
ELEC-151 National Electric Code I 4
ELEC-153 National Electric Code II 4
ELEC-171 Electrical for HVAC 5
ELEC-228 Commercial Wiring I 4
ELEC-225 Motor Controls 6
ELEC-214 Electronics for Electricians 4
ELEC-226 Programmable Logic Controllers 6
ELEC-240 Print Reading 2
Total 44

Associate in Applied Sciences Degree

Students completing a technical program may desire to seek the Associate in Applied Sciences Degree.  In addition to completing a technical program, this degree also requires the completion of 18 hours in general education. In additional to the 18 hours of general education noted in the degree guide, an additional two hours of electives are required for Electrical Technology majors. The student must complete 64 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above.

Certain courses within this degree may or may not transfer to baccalaureate degree granting institutions. 

Course Descriptions

CONT-160.  Electrical Applications.  Up to 4 Hours (0-196 Contact Hours).  This course provides students with an opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills in the Electrical field.  This is a short course focused on current Electrical applications for residential, commercial, and industrial settings.

ELEC-116.  AC/DC Circuits I.  4 Hours. An applied science course beginning with atomic structure, electron flow, A.C. and D.C. circuits, continuing through conductor and resistor material types, series and parallel circuits, applying Ohm's, Watt's and Kirchoff's circuit laws and principles, computing voltage drop.

ELEC-118. Residential Wiring I. 4 Hours. This course begins with simple lighting circuits and progresses through installing an entire electrical system for a total electrical home. The student should master the installation of basic circuits, application of codes and blueprint reading by the completion of the course.

ELEC-130. Safety (OSHA 10). 1 Hour. Students will be introduced to OSHA policies, procedures and standards as well as general industry safety and health principles covered in OSHA Act Part 1910. Special emphasis will be placed on areas most hazardous using OSHA standards as a guide. Upon successful completion of the course, the participants will receive an OSHA general industry 10 hour course completion card from the Department of Labor.

ELEC-151.  National Electrical Code.  4 Hours (90 Contact Hours).  This is a structured class, which emphasizes learning general knowledge of the code book through the study of individual chapters, articles, sections and tables.  Heavy emphasis is placed on preparing a student to pass code exams.

ELEC-153.  National Electric Code II.  4 Hours. This is a structured class, which emphasizes learning general knowledge of the codebook through the study of individual chapters, articles, sections and tables. Heavy emphasis is placed on preparing students to pass code exams. This is a continuation of the National Electric Code I course on the use and interpretation of the current National Electric Code (NEC chapter 5-9). 

ELEC-171.  Electrical for HVAC. 5 Hours (145 Contact Hours). This class starts with  NCCER textbook HVAC 1, progresses through single and 3-phase motors, then finishes with NCCER textbook HVAC 2, including refrigerant/EPA certification preparation. 

ELEC-214.  Electronics for Electricians.  4 Hours (90 Contact Hours). This course prepares a student to work with electronic switching devices commonly used in digital applications.  Troubleshooting standard and digital circuits using electrical meters and o-scopes are emphasized. Discussion and utilization of photovoltaics theory and applications is also emphasized.

ELEC-225.  Motor Controls.  6 Hours. This course teaches fully automated machine operation through wiring basic motor control circuits and incorporating control components, which give the automated aspects to machine control. Troubleshooting from machine schematics and application of standard troubleshooting techniques is used throughout the class. 

ELEC-226.  Programmable Logic Controllers. 6 Hours. This course combines both hands on hard wiring installation of Programmable Logic Controllers and program development required to make production machines operate, heavy emphasis is placed on trouble shooting the system throughout the course. 

ELEC-228.  Commercial Wiring.  4 Hours. The student will learn to make all conduit bends required for a complete run, tie in single and three phase transformers, and wire out of three phase wye and delta connected panels using industrial wiring methods. 

ELEC-240.  Print Reading.  2 Hours. This course identifies the importance of accurately reading blueprints and integrates current building codes and zoning ordinances in building construction.