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The Trades: Electrical

Electricians are critical to the construction industry. With jobs ranging from installing, connecting, testing and maintaining electrical systems, to lighting homes, and running machinery and communications, electricians are essential to our industry and society. 

In this trade, Apprentices will use mathematical and visualization skills to learn how to read blueprints to locate outlets, circuits, panel boards and other equipment while understanding the National Electrical Code as well as state and local building codes. Students will receive intense instruction in safety, math, electrical materials, theory, installation, maintenance and several other areas consistent with the electrical trade.

Future career paths for this trade could include Estimator, Inspector, Trade Instructor, Distribution Manager, Project Manager or Foreman. 


See Also: All / HVAC / Plumbing / Sheet Metal

 

 

Degree Information

Length of Apprenticeship: 4 years
On-the-job Training: 8,000 Hours
Hours: Apprentices are required to attend 576 hours of related technical instruction during their apprenticeship. Institute (day) classes are held 1 week a month for 3 months, October through December or February through April. Instruction involves classroom, hands-on and online training totaling 152 hours per session.

 


Trade Curriculum

  • LEVEL 1:

    .........OSHA 10- Hour Safety
    .........Basic Safety
    .........Introduction to Construction Math
    .........Introduction to Hand Tools
    .........Introduction to Power Tools
    .........Introduction to Construction Drawings
    .........Basic Communication Skills
    .........Basic Employ-ability Skills
    .........Orientation to the Electrical Trade
    .........Electrical Safety
    .........Introduction to Electrical Circuits
    .........Electrical Theory
    .........Introduction to the NEC
    .........Device Boxes
    .........Hand Bending
    .........Raceways and Fittings
    .........Conductors and Cables
    .........Basic Electrical Construction Drawings
    .........Residential Electrical Services
    .........Electrical Test Equipment

  • LEVEL 2:

    .........Alternating Current
    .........Motors: Theory and Application
    .........Electric Lighting
    .........Conduit Bending
    .........Pull and Junctions Boxes
    .........Conductor Installations
    .........Cable Tray
    .........Conductor Terminations and Splices
    .........Grounding and Bonding
    .........Circuit Breakers and Fuses
    .........Control Systems and Fundamental Concepts

  • LEVEL 3:

    .........Load Calculations- Branch and Feeder Circuits
    .........Conductor Selection and Calculations
    .........Practical Applications of Lighting
    .........Hazardous Locations
    .........Overcurrent Protection
    .........Distribution Equipment
    .........Transformers
    .........Commercial Electrical Services
    .........Motor Calculations
    .........Voice, Data and Video
    .........Motor Controls

  • LEVEL 4:

    .........Load Calculations- Feeders and Services
    .........Health Care Facilities
    .........Standby and Emergency Systems
    .........Basic Electronic Theory
    .........Fire Alarm Systems
    .........Specialty Transformers
    .........Advanced Motor Controls
    .........HVAC Controls
    .........Heat Tracing and Freeze Protection
    .........Motor Operation and Maintenance
    .........Medium – Voltage Terminations/Splices
    .........Special Locations
    .........Fundamentals of Crew Leadership


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