The Electrical Trades Technology program prepares students for entry-level electrician positions and apprenticeships (apprenticeship requirements vary by state and locality).


This program uses a combination of distance education for online ‘theory’ courses and hands-on campus lab courses to teach entry-level electrician skills like understanding circuitry, safety practices, and basic electrical theory. The program builds on
that basic knowledge with hands-on training in designing, wiring, and troubleshooting systems like burglar alarms and motor control circuits commonly used in the home environment. Skills gained include: reading blueprints, residential wiring, basic knowledge of electrical codes, telecommunications, wireless network setup, and OSHA requirements.


Students who successfully complete the program will be able to: install, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain modern computer network and telecommunication cabling systems; install and set up media management systems and conduct user training of audio, video, and data systems; understand the electrical characteristics of storage batteries, AC/DC distribution and loading and the entire energy management system; install, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain residential electrical systems (including heating and cooling controls, motor control circuits, burglar alarms, lighting, and appliances); understand ground fault currents and code requirements for ground fault protection; interpret blueprints of electrical systems; and know and understand applicable regulations including OSHA guidelines and the National Electrical Code (NEC).
Almost every building has an electrical power, communications, lighting, and control system that is installed during construction and maintained after that. These systems power the lights, appliances, and equipment that make people’s lives and jobs easier and more comfortable.

Installing electrical systems in newly constructed buildings is often less complicated than maintaining equipment in existing buildings because electrical wiring is more easily accessible during construction. Maintaining equipment and systems involves identifying problems and repairing broken equipment that is sometimes difficult to reach. Maintenance work may include fixing or replacing parts, light fixtures, control systems, motors, and other types of electrical equipment.

Electricians read blueprints, which include technical diagrams of electrical systems that show the location of circuits, outlets, and other equipment. They use different types of handtools and power tools, such as conduit benders, to run and protect wiring. Other commonly used tools include screwdrivers, wire strippers, drills, and saws. While troubleshooting, electricians also may use ammeters, voltmeters, thermal scanners, and cable testers to find problems and ensure that components are working properly.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Electricians, at
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