May 22, 2022
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.
Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.
Students start Fall semester.
Program Entry Requirements
- Complete an application for admission.
- Satisfy the assessment requirement.
- Attend any required information/registration session.
To earn an Electrical Construction Trades diploma, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Total Credits Required to Complete the Diploma - 41
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Approximate total for the program: $7,502*
* 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?
- 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 $42,120 (2013-2014 Placement Report).
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