Electrical Technology - Electrical

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Program Description

The Electrical Technology program prepares individuals for employment as electricians in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. The program stresses wiring procedures and requirements set forth by the National Electrical Code. Emphasis is placed on the installation of service equipment, electrical circuits, conduit bending and installation, electrical power distribution, and operation/control of motors, and programmable logic controllers.

Program Competencies

The graduate is competent to:

  1. Follow appropriate safety procedures and be able to recognize and avoid hazards including requirements of NFPA 70E.
  2. Install, troubleshoot and maintain electrical conductors and equipment likely to be encountered in residential, commercial and industrial environments.
  3. Apply wiring procedures and requirements set forth by the National Electrical Code.
  4. Calculate and measure the electrical and electronic circuit parameters using test equipment and computer applications.
  5. Install and troubleshoot circuits for the operation and control of motors, alternators and generators.
  6. Install and troubleshoot solid-state devices such as PLC's and variable frequency drives and perform basic programming for each.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate written and oral communication skills in the technical industry.
  8. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in finding solutions to technical and human relation problems in the electrical industry.
  9. Demonstrate work ethic traits including attendance, character, teamwork, appearance, attitude, communication, cooperation and respect to enhance their value as employees.
  10. Upon completion of the program, all students will demonstrate critical thinking skills for inquiry and analysis, assimilation of facts and knowledge, and problem solving.

Program Content

Fall Semester

ELEC 1110 - DC Fundamentals - Credits: 4
ELEC 1210 - National Electric Code Interpretations I - Credits: 4
ENGL 1010 - Composition I - Credits: 3
MATH 1050 - Trigonometric Applications - Credits: 4

Spring Semester

ELEC 1120 - AC Fundamentals - Credits: 4
ELEC 1310 - Motors, Alternators and Generators - Credits: 4
ELEC 2210 - Magnetic Motor Controls - Credits: 4
PHYS 1030 - Introduction to Physics - Credits: 4
PSCI 1010 - Physical Science I (Physics and Chemistry) - Credits: 4

Fall Semester

ELEC 2110 - Transformers and Power Factor Applications - Credits: 4
ELEC 2350 - Industrial Electronics - Credits: 4
ELEC 2400 - Siemens PLC Programming - Credits: 4
Elective - Social/Behavioral Science (approved elective from the general education core) - Credits: 3

Spring Semester

ELEC 2310 - National Electric Code Interpretations II - Credits: 4
ELEC 2410 - Allen-Bradley PLC Programming - Credits: 4
SPCH 1010 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication
SPCH 2300 - Public Speaking - Credits: 3
Elective - Humanities Elective (approved elective from the general education core) - Credits: 3

Total Course Hours - 60

Additional courses may be required to overcome deficiencies in English, mathematics, and reading.

Electrical Technology - Electrical Job Opportunities

Typical Job Opportunities

  • Maintenance Electrician: Installs and maintains various types of electrical equipment.
  • Residential Electrician: Installs wiring systems in private dwellings.
  • Electrical Supply Sales Representative: Markets and sells electrical supplies to business, industry, and general contractors.
  • Construction Electrician: Installs wiring systems in industrial and commercial buildings.
  • Lineman: Installs and maintains wiring systems for electrical power distributors.

Five-Year Average Placement Rate is 88%

Median Salary*

*Source:Tennessee Career Information Delivery System.

How to Apply

  • A student desiring to pursue a certificate in Electrical Technology must:
  • Submit the Northeast State Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Indicate Electrical Technology as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
  • Meet with an Electrical Technology program faculty advisor prior to registering for classes.

For More Information

Please contact the following individuals for more information about this program:

Sam Rowell, Dean Advanced Technologies

Fred Cope, Associate Professor, Electrical Technology

Steve Smith, Instructor, Electrical Technology

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