Industrial Electricity

Program Summary

Graduates of the Industrial Electricity program are qualified, through on-the-job and classroom training, to enter the work force as qualified electricians. They will be able to plan, install, troubleshoot and repair commercial and residential electrical systems. Both full-time day and evening classes are offered on main campus.

Industrial electricity is a broad field of employment. Industrial electricity technicians install, maintain and repair electrical systems and equipment, including those in motors, transformers, wiring, switches, alarms and programmable logic control systems. Tools used to accomplish this work include voltmeters, ammeters, oscilloscopes, and other technical test equipment. The program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Program Length: 
1 year
Job Placement %: 
96%
Average Earnings: 
$50,510/yr
Cost: 
$4712

About Program

Accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for our homes, businesses, and factories. They install and maintain the wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows. They also install and maintain electrical equipment and machines in factories and a wide range of other businesses.

Electricians generally focus on either construction or maintenance, although many do both. Electricians specializing in construction primarily install wiring systems into factories, businesses, and new homes. Electricians specializing in maintenance fix and upgrade existing electrical systems and repair electrical equipment.  

Job Expectations

In addition to jobs created by the increased demand for electrical work, openings are expected over the next decade as electricians retire. This will create good job opportunities, especially for those with the widest range of skills, including voice, data, and video wiring. Job openings for electricians will vary by location and specialty, however, and will be best in the fastest growing regions of the country.

Electricians work indoors and out, at construction sites, in homes, and in businesses or factories. The work may be strenuous at times and may include bending conduit, lifting heavy objects, and standing, stooping, and kneeling for long periods. Electricians cannot be colored blind because of the different colored wires they must install.

Expected Earnings

Employment of electricians should increase 12 percent between 2008 and 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the population grows, electricians will be needed to wire new homes, restaurants, schools, and other structures that will be built to accommodate the growing population.  Graduates entering the workforce as an electrician can expect to earn anywhere from $10-$30 per hours.

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day and Evening classes
  • Enrollment is limited to 26 students in each class
Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
Semester Day Class Evening Class Days
Fall (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Spring (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Summer (390 hours) 7:45am – 2:45pm 4:00pm – 11:00pm Monday - Friday

Tools

Tools List
Quantity Description
1 ¾” X 12’ Length Measuring Tape
1 10” Adjustable Wrench
1 6” Wire Cutter/Stripper
1 7 ¾” Curved Diagonal Cutting Pliers
1 9 ¾” Crimping and Cutting Tool
1 9” Rounded Nose Lineman’s Pliers
1 Ball peen hammer (12 oz.)
1 Hex Wrench Set ( Ball Driver ) Metric 1.5-10
1 Hex Wrench Set ( Ball Driver ) SAE .050-3/8
1 Industrial Razor Locking Utility Knife
1 Leather Gloves
1 Multimeter: Should measure Volts, Amps, Ohms, AC, and DC
1 Punch and Chisel Set: Assortment of various sizes
1 Screwdriver Set: Assortment of various screwdrivers, large and small, flat and Phillips
1 Tongue and Groove Pliers 10” #430
1 Tool Bag or Tool Box
1 Vice Grips
1 12 inch combination Square
1 Torpedo Level
1 2 gig flash drive
1 Calculator: (Book Store) TI 30X A or TI-30XIIS or eq.
1 Safety Glasses
1 Combation Wrench Set ¼” thru 1-¼”
1 Socket and Ratch Set 7/16” thru 1-1/4”

Cost

3 semesters – 1,290 clock hours
450 hours $1,192.00
450 hours $1,192.00
390 hours $1,192.00
Tools (estimate) $800.00
Books (estimate) $600.00

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • GED Testing Fee - $65.00.
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)
  • Under extenuating circumstances, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at his/her discretion, may grant an exception to these fees.

Books

1st Semester

  • Electrical Trainee Guide Level One CSTCC Bookstore 
  • Lab Volt Experiments in Electricity CSTCC Bookstore
  • Practical Problems in Mathematics for Electricians CSTCC Bookstore
  • Print Reading Based on the 2011 NEC CSTCC Bookstore
  • Electrical Trainee Guide Level Two CSTCC Bookstore 
  • Current Edition NEC CSTCC Bookstore
  • Keyword Index CSTCC Bookstore (optional)
  • National Electrical Code Book Tabs (optional)

2ND & 3RD Semester

  • Semester 2 Electrical Trainee Guide Level Three CSTCC Bookstore
  • Semester 2 Electrical Trainee Guide Level Four CSTCC Bookstore

*Required First Day of School

Curriculum

First Semester

  • Safety
  • Language of Electricity
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Electric Circuits
  • Electrical Power
  • Electrical Measuring Instruments
  • Conductor Types
  • Wiring Methods
  • DC Generators
  • DC Motors
  • DC Motor Controls

Second Semester

  • Alternating Current
  • AC Circuits
  • AC Generators
  • AC Motors
  • Electrical Lighting
  • Conduit Installation

Third Semester

  • Wiring Termination
  • Electrical Heat
  • Appliance Repair
  • Programmable Logic Controls
  • AC Frequency Drives
  • Alarm Systems

Career Opportunities

Electrician Apprentice
Office Machine Maintenance and Repair
Appliance Repairer
Railroad Signal Repairer
Electrical Estimator
Journeyman Electrician
Motor Rewinder
Residential Wiring
Elevator Installer and Repairer
Power Line Installer and Repairer
Maintenance Electrician
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