The electrical trade offers numerous job opportunities in residential, commercial, and industrial construction. Required skills include blueprint reading, job planning, selecting materials, selecting and using the correct tools, installing the components, testing the system, and troubleshooting. Electricians install electrical services, conductors, and fixtures.
Most of the knowledge and skills required for residential electricians are also required for commercial electricians. Commercial electricians require additional skills related to conduit bending, load calculations, and exposure to higher voltage levels.
Industrial electricians must also know how to install various types of conduit, large conductors, motors, and controls. They must possess keen testing and troubleshooting abilities. Maintenance electricians are responsible for keeping the electrical or higher-voltage systems and equipment in productive operating condition.
All of the aforementioned topics will be discussed over the next four years in this comprehensive Electrical Program.
Electrical – Level 1
152.5 Hours Standardized
26101-08 Orientation To the Electrical Trade
Provides an overview of the electrical trade and discusses the career paths available to electricians.
26102-08 Electrical Safety
Covers safety rules and regulations for electricians. Teaches the necessary precautions to take for various electrical hazards found on the job. Also covers the OSHA-mandated lockout/tagout procedure.
26103-08 Introduction To Electrical Circuits
Offers a general introduction to the electrical concepts used in Ohm’s law applied to DC series circuits. Includes atomic theory, electromotive force, resistance, and electric power equations.
26104-08 Electrical Theory
Introduces series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Covers resistive circuits. Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws, and circuit analysis.
26106-08 Device Boxes
Covers the hardware and systems used by an electrician to mount and support boxes, receptacles, and other electrical components. Covers NEC fill and pull requirements for device, pull, and junction boxes under 100 cubic inches.
26107-08 Hand Bending
Provides an introduction to conduit bending and installation. Covers the techniques for using hand-operated and step conduit benders, as well as cutting, reaming, and threading conduit.
26108-08 Raceways and Fittings
Introduces the types and applications of raceways, wire-ways, and ducts. Stresses the appropriate NEC requirements.
26109-08 Conductors and Cables
Focuses on types and applications of conductors and covers proper wiring techniques. Stresses the appropriate NEC requirements.
26110-08 Basic Electrical Construction Drawings
Focuses on electrical prints, drawings, and symbols. Teaches the types of information that can be found on schematics, one-lines, and wiring diagrams.
26111-08 Residential Electrical Services
Covers the electrical devices and wiring techniques common to residential construction and maintenance. Allows trainees to practice making service calculations. Stresses the appropriate NEC requirements.
26112-08 Electrical Test Equipment
Focuses on proper selection, inspection and use of common electrical test equipment, including voltage testers, clamp-on ammeters, ohmmeters, multimeters, phase/motor rotation testers, and data recording equipment. Also covers safety precautions and meter category ratings.
Electrical – Level 2
152.5 Hours Standardized
26201-05 Alternating Current (15 Hours)
Focuses of forces that are characteristic of alternating-current systems and the application of Ohm’s law to AC circuits.
26202-05 Motors: Theory and Application (20 Hours)
Covers AC and DC motors, including the main parts, circuits, and connections.
26203-05 Grounding (12.5 Hours)
Focuses on the purpose of grounding and bonding electrical systems. Thoroughly covers NEC regulations.
26204-05 Conduit Bending (15 Hours)
Covers all types of bends in all sizes of conduit up to 6 inches. Focuses on mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical benders.
26205-05 Boxes and Fittings (10 Hours)
Driven by the NEC. Explains how to select and size outlet boxes, pull boxes, and junction boxes.
26206-05 Conductor Installations (10 Hours)
Covers the transportation, storage, and setup of cable reels; methods of rigging, and procedures for complete cable pulls in raceway and cable trays.
26207-05 Cable Tray (15 Hours)
Focuses on NEMA and NEC installation requirements for cable tray, including modifications and cable installations.
26208-05 Conductor Terminations and Splices (7.5 Hours)
Describes methods of terminating and splicing conductors of all types and sizes, including preparing and taping conductors.
26209-05 Installation of Electric Services (15 Hours)
Covers methods and techniques for both single-and three-phase services, including metering equipment and NEC regulations.
26210-05 Circuit Breakers and Fuses (12.5 Hours)
Describes fuses and circuit breakers along with their practical applications. Covers short-circuit calculation.
26211-05 Contractors and Relays (10 Hours)
Gives basic descriptions of various types of contractors and relays along with their practical applications.
26212-05 Electric Lighting (10 Hours)
Introduces the basic principles of human vision and the characteristics of light. Focuses on the handling and installation of different kinds of lamps (incandescent, fluorescent, and HID) and lighting fixtures (surface mounted, recessed, suspended , and track lighting).
Electrical – Level 3
155 Hours Standardized
26301-05 Load Calculations – Branch Feeders and Circuits (12.5 Hours)
Introduces the industry standards for electrical work, including the topics of branch circuits, fating and derating, and various types of residential and commercial electrical loads.
26302-05 Conductor Selection and Calculations (15 Hours)
Covers the types of conductors used in wiring systems, including insulation, current-carrying capacity, and temperature ratings.
26303-05 Overcurrent Protection (12.5 Hours)
Stressed the use of a variety of overcurrent protection devices, including circuit breakers and fuses, in all types of electrical systems.
26304-05 Raceway, Box, and Fitting Fill Requirements (12.5 Hours)
Covers the number of conductors allowed in raceways, boxes, and fittings.
26305-05 Wiring Devices (10 Hours)
Covers popular receptacles and switches and takes an in-depth look at safety switches and other wiring devices.
26306-05 Distribution Equipment (12.5 Hours)
Explains the distribution equipment, including grounding, switchboard and ground fault maintenance, transformers, and electrical drawing identification.
26307-05 Distribution System Transformers (15 Hours)
Discussed transformer types, construction, connections, protection, and grounding along with capacitors and rectifiers.
26308-05 Lamps, Ballasts, and Components (5 Hours)
Covers specific types of incandescent, fluorescent, and HID lamps, as well as ballasts, troubleshooting, and various types of lighting controls.
26309-05 Motor Calculations (12.5 Hours)
Covers single and multi-motor calculations to size conductors, overcurrent protection, and overload protection for motor applications.
26310-05 Motor Maintenance, Part One (12.5 Hours)
Covers proper maintenance of motors in use and storage. Includes a troubleshooting and motor identification guide.
26311-05 Motor Controls (20 Hours)
Provides information on selecting, sizing, and installing motor controllers. Also covers control circuit pilot devices and basic relay logic.
26312-05 Hazardous Locations (15 Hours)
Covers all classes of hazardous locations, including seals, components, and equipment approved for use in various hazardous locations.
Electrical – Level 4
155 Hours Standardized
26401-05 Load Calculations – Feeders and Services (15 Hours)
Describes basic calculation procedures and calculations for commercial and residential applications.
26402-05 Practical Applications of Lighting (10 Hours)
Covers various lighting installations, applications, and wiring systems.
26403-05 Standby and Emergency Systems
Explains NEC installation requirements for electric generators and storage.
26404-05 Basic Electronic Theory (20 Hours)
Explains the function and operation of basic electronic devices, including semiconductors, diodes, rectifiers, and transistors.
26405-05 Fire Alarm Systems (15 Hours)
Covers fire alarm control units, Digital Alarm Communicator Systems (DACS), installation wiring for alarm initiating and notification devices, and alarm system maintenance.
26406-05 Specialty Transformers (15 Hours)
Covers various types of transformers and their applications. Also provides information on selecting, sizing, and installing these devices.
26407-05 Advanced Motor Controls (20 Hours)
Explains applications and operating principles of solid-state controls, reduced-voltage starters, and adjustable frequency drives. Also covers basic trouble shooting procedures.
26408-05 HVAC Controls (15 Hours)
Provides a basic overview of HVAC systems and their controls. Stresses electrical trouble shooting and NEC requirements.
26409-05 Heat Tracing and Freeze Protection (10 Hours)
Covers various heat tracing systems along with their applications and installation requirements.
26410-05 Motor Maintenance, Part Two (12.5 Hours)
Covers motor cleaning, testing, and preventative maintenance. Also describes basic troubleshooting procedures.
26411-05 High-Voltage Terminations/Splices (10 Hours)
Offers an overview of the NEC and cable manufacturers requirements for high voltage terminations and splices.