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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Electrical Trades, Diploma

The Electrical Trades program prepares students for entry-level positions in residential, commercial and industrial wiring. At the completion of the program, students should be able to install electrical wiring to meet National Electric Code® (NEC code) in residential and commercial settings. In addition, students should be able to install motor-controlled equipment in industrial operations using more complex systems such as Programmable Controllers.

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Electrical Trades Diploma

Location: Newton

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Students start Fall semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Electrical Construction Trades diploma, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Option 1 - Select 3 credits

Semester 2

Option 2 - Select 3 Credits

Semester 3

Option 3 - Select 3 credits

Total Credits Required to Complete the Diploma - 41

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$170.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate) 400 400 300
Supplies 125 250  

Approximate total for the program: $8,445**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Install, connect, test and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control and security.
  • Work with blueprints to install electrical systems in factories, office buildings, homes and other structures.
  • Follow the National Electrical Code and comply with state and local building codes.
  • Perform facilities maintenance and upgrades.
  • Use digital electronic equipment including PLCs.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical motor controls and electrical equipment.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Self-motivation.
  • Read and understand blueprints.
  • Analyze a job, decide what to do, how to do it and what materials and tools to use.
  • Skillfully use many kinds of hand and power tools.
  • Work is sometimes strenuous. Must have the ability to climb, stoop, grasp and crouch while working.
  • Work above the ground without fear.
  • Have good eye-hand coordination.
  • Talk about and demonstrate electrical construction trades skills and knowledge.
  • Punctuality, responsibility and willingness to work with others.
  • Stand for long periods of time.

What Else Should I Consider about this Diploma program?

  • Must follow strict safety procedures.
  • May have to travel great distances to jobsites.
  • As the population and economy grow, more electricians will be needed to install and maintain electrical devices and wiring in homes, factories, offices and other structures.
  • Anticipated average starting salary $42,120 (2013-2014 Placement Report).

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the safety requirements involved in common hand tools, equipment, and basic wiring techniques.
  2. Interpret and use the National Electrical Code to carry out residential, commercial, and industrial electrical assignments.
  3. Interpret and use blueprints for installations of outlets, load centers, panel boards, conduits, and other equipment in residential, commercial and industrial applications.
  4. Have a good working knowledge of industrial automated control systems using motor control diagrams and programmable logic controllers (PLC’s) ladder logic.
  5. Estimate the probable load requirements and levels for the design of residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems.
  6. Complete the layout for installation of low voltage wiring systems including doorbell, intercoms, fire alarms and security systems.
  7. Calculate the grounding systems used in residential, commercial, and industrial electrical circuits.


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