Electrical Technician

/Electrical Technician
Electrical Technician2019-10-14T16:09:46+00:00
Connecting electrical systems
Soldering electronic circuits
Installing various electrical devices
Bending and installing conduit
Program Costs

* Program costs subject to change

Industry Credentials

NCCER
OSHA
Simulated Workplace
State Fire Marshal

The electrical technician courses prepare students for tasks such as reading blueprints and technical diagrams to connecting wires, circuit breakers, outlets and various other components.

Electrical technician badge

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills of adding, replacing and connecting electrical systems in a variety of conditions. At all times on the job, electricians are required to adhere to safety rules and guidelines. Those with careful eye for detail, good work habits, and great work judgement might consider becoming electricians.

What are the classes about?

  • Learn to install, maintain, repair and replace electrical components
  • Instruction on electrical system maintenance, and can teach you what’s involved in setting up an electrical system
  • Learn different wiring methods, electrical theory, how to draw and read wiring diagrams
  • Working with your hands and mechanical equipment
  • Working carefully and safety

What skills will students learn?

  • Electrical students learn to use basic hand tools, hand benders, hydraulic benders, pipe threaders, and power tools commonly used by electricians
  • Students also use computers to do research for various electrical projects throughout the year
  • Learn to draw, lay out and wire entire rooms, configure and size electrical service and circuits for residential homes, wire fire alarm systems, security systems, motor controllers, and transformers

Students will also perform several “hands-on” activities including selecting and installing various electrical devices, bending and installing conduit, wiring motor controls and soldering electronic circuits. Academic work in class will include: locating and reading for information in the National Electrical Code, participating in local, state and national competitions through SkillsUSA.

What Credentials are available?

  • NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research Core and Electrical Level 1
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Certificate
  • WV Electricians license Apprentice & Journeyman
  • SNAP-ON 504 Meter Certification

What jobs/job titles are available to the students after graduation?

  • Apprentice Electrician
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • Electrician Technician
  • Electrician helper
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Control Electrician
  • Cable Puller
  • Electrician
  • Inside Wireman

What work skills will be needed for these jobs?

  • Mathematical
  • Ability to read technical material
  • Ability to left 50 pounds
  • Ability to climb a 20-foot ladder
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Strong communication and reading
  • Careful
  • Hand/Eye Coordination
  • Detail oriented
  • Logical thinker

What skills should a student have to be successful in your program?

Students need to have good math, reading and communication skills and maintain excellent attendance.
Students will also need to be drug free.

Program Requirements

Students must pass the NCCER Core Safety, the NCCER Level I, obtain the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety certification and maintain a “B” or better in each course to continue in the program.

For Adult General Admission Requirements, click here.

Simulated Workplace Requirements

This program participates in the Simulated Workplace environment. For details and requirements, click here

Technology Requirements

Students will be provided with any technology instruction, devices and software required.

Student Organization

Students may enroll in SkillsUSA.

Program Length

2 Academic Years (22 months)  – 1080 clock hours (Adults may attend part-time only)

Consisting of eight (8), nine-week courses of 135 clock hours each

Schedule of Courses

Course Frequency:  Each course offered once each academic year

1st Year  Schedule:  Monday-Friday 8:30am – 11:00am

1756E1-111 ELECTRICAL TRADES I 

1757E1-112 ELECTRICAL TRADES II

1758E1-123 ELECTRICAL TRADES III

1769E1-124 Residential Wiring

2nd Year  Schedule:  Monday – Friday  12:30pm – 3:00pm

1766E1-211 Integrated Electrical Lab

1759E1-212 ELECTRICAL TRADES IV

1771E1-223 Rotating Devices & Control Circuitry

1765E1-224 Industrial & Commercial Wiring

Eligibility Requirements for Licensing

(As determined by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal and the West Virginia Department of Education)

Note:  All licenses require completion of the required portions of the Application for West Virginia Electrical Examination, submission of the indicated application fees and passage of the licensing exam.

Apprentice: (Exam consists of 20 multiple choice code questions taken from the first four chapters of the National Electric Code Book.)

Must be 18 years of age.

Journeyman

Per Electrician’s Rule 4.2 from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office:

To apply for a “journeyman electrician’s license”, a person must:

(1) show at least 8,000 hours or at least four (4) years of experience as an apprentice electrician in performing electrical work under the direction or instruction of a master electrician; or

(2) must have completed a United States Department of Labor/Bureau of Apprenticeship and training registered electrical apprenticeship program; or

(3) have completed an electrical vocational education program of at least one thousand, eight hours (1080) in length approved by the West Virginia Board of Education which should include an one-the-job training/work hours module, successfully passed all final written practical testing required by the West Virginia Department of Education, and obtained an affidavit showing competency to sit for the journeyman electrician examination from the program instructor.

Per Policy 2520.13 of the West Virginia Department of Education

(1) attain an overall grade of “B” or better in the four required state-approved CTE Electrical Technician Program of Study required courses AND the four specialization courses used to meet the 1080 hours needed to sit for the Journeyman’s License as stated in the Electrician Licensing Rules from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office; and

(2) attain a verified school attendance record of no more than six (6) days absent in a one-year, 1080 hour program or twelve (12) days absent in a two-year, 1080 hour program; and

(3) aarn the OSHA-10 certification; and

(4) pass a minimum of two (2) documented drug screenings; and

(5) score at or above the Workforce Entry-Level cut score on the industry-recognized written AND performance audit. (The NOCTI Performance Test is the current standard.)

Master Electrician

Must show at least 10,000 hours or five (5) years of actual, hands-on work electrical work experience. Such shall include a mixture of residential, commercial and industrial experience. Vocational training cannot be counted towards the required experience. All work experience shall consist of above ground structural wiring in accordance with the NEC>

Specialty Electrician

(HVAC, Electric Sign, Single Family Dwelling, Elevator, Fire & Burglar Alarm (low voltage)

Must show at least 4,000 hours or two (2) years of actual, hands-on work electrical work experience in the specialty area that you will be testing for. One year may be obtained through an educational course.

Syllabus

Course Descriptions

1756 Electrical Trades I

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills of the Electrical Trades industry. Electrical Trades I begin with the NCCER Core curriculum which is a prerequisite to all Level I completions. The students will complete modules in Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; and Introduction to Materials Handling. Students will then begin developing skill sets related to the fundamentals of Electricity such as Orientation to the Electrical Trade; and Electrical Safety. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1757 Electrical Trades II

Electrical Trades II will continue to build student skill sets in areas such as Introduction to Electrical Circuits; Electrical Theory; Introduction to the National Electrical Code ®; Device Boxes; Hand Bending; Raceways and Fittings; Conductors and Cables; Basic Electrical Construction Drawings; Residential Electrical Services; and Electrical Test Equipment. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1758 Electrical Trades III

Electrical Trades III will continue to build student skill sets in areas of Alternating Current; Motors: Theory and Application; Electric Lighting; and Conduit Bending. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1769 Residential Wiring

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for Residential Wiring. Areas of study include wiring data, service entrance  equipment, luminary and receptacle outlets, protective devices, appliance and special circuits and low‐voltage systems. Emphasis will be placed on career exploration, job seeking skills and personal and professional ethics. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts.

1766 Integrated Electrical Lab

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for concepts in the Integrated Electrical Lab. Areas of study include electrical installation project, rough‐in procedure, test and check circuits and termination and trim‐out. Emphasis will be placed on career exploration, job seeking skills and personal and professional ethics. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to course concepts.

1759 Electrical Trades IV

Electrical Trades IV will continue to build student skill sets in areas of Pull and Junction Boxes; Conductor Installations; Cable Tray; Conductor Terminations and Splices; Grounding and Bonding; Circuit Breakers and Fuses; and Control Systems and Fundamental Concepts. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1765 Industrial and Commercial Wiring

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for Industrial and Commercial Wiring. Areas of study include conduit and raceways and commercial load calculations and configurations. Emphasis will be placed on career exploration, job seeking  skills and personal and professional ethics. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to course concepts.

1771 Rotating Devices and Control Circuitry

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for concepts in the Rotating Devices and Control Circuitry. Areas of study include control circuitry and motor controls. Emphasis will be placed on career exploration, job seeking skills, and personal and professional ethics. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students will utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to course concepts.