Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
Through lectures, demonstrations, shop exercises, and campus work projects, students are prepared for employment in the residential-commercial electrical construction industry. The goal of the program is to prepare students to become leaders at many levels in the construction field: journeyman electrician, job site foreman, construction superintendent, project manager, front office administrator, or owner of a contracting firm.
The program provides thorough instruction and training in residential and commercial electrical construction through lecture and shop demonstrations, including topics such as: safety rules and regulations for electricians (including an introduction to the National Electrical Code); electrical devices and wiring techniques; AC and DC motors; circuit load calculations, circuit breakers, fuses, switchboards, switchgear and distribution equipment; standby and emergency systems; basic electronic theory; solid-state controls and adjustable frequency drives. Other topics include reading of blueprints and specifications, cost estimating, site layout and development, scheduling, construction quality control, material purchasing, small business management, and accident prevention. The program also covers the processes and procedures necessary for carrying out construction projects from start to finish, including complying with building permit requirements and mandatory site tests. Students in this program also take courses in the technical, business, logistical, and management aspects of the construction industry to prepare them to advance into supervisory or administrative positions or to run their own businesses.
The ability of students to apply theory to hand skills is monitored through shop projects requiring skill levels of increasing difficulty and through serving the college on supervised building maintenance and renovation.
Introduction to the Program
Upon successful completion of the requirements for the Construction Technology - Electrical Emphasis Program, graduating students will demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to become apprentice electricians and build a foundation to become master electricians, superintendents, project managers, and construction managers.