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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Construction Trades Diploma

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The Electrical Construction 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.

For more information about the Electrical Construction Trades program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/elecontrades.

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.

Required Courses

Total Credits Required to Complete the Diploma - 41

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

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

Approximate total for the program: $7,338*

* 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 Program or Career Choice?

• 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 $24,663 (2010-2011 Placement Report).

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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