Major ID: 309D
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring
Students must attend orientation.
An electrician is employed to install electrical wiring and equipment for lighting, heating, cooling and other power requirements in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Using blueprints, diagrams and specifications, students perform installations in accordance with national, state and local safety codes. Considerable physical exertion is often required and the work may be performed outdoors or under such hazardous conditions as heights, unfinished construction or high voltages.
Students should have an interest and aptitude in applied algebra, trigonometry, drawing and science. Good eyesight and color vision are important.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “As the population and the economy grow… more electricians will be needed to maintain the electrical systems used by industry and to install electrical devices and wiring in new homes, factories, offices and other structures.”
Graduates are employed as apprentices by electrical construction firms. Upon completion of apprenticeship and the obtaining of a journeyperson’s license, students are open to opportunities as master electricians, inspectors, contractors, estimators and repair persons.
- Graduates will have the ability to communicate and conduct themselves in a professional manner with the customers and co-workers.
- Graduates will have the skills for performing entry level tasks required of an apprentice electrician in residential, commercial and industrial construction.
- Graduates will have knowledge of the National Electric Code, enabling them to legally and safely install electrical services with supervision.
- Graduates will have the ability to apply electrical theory to practical applications.
- Graduates will meet the MN Department of Labor and Industry’s electrical program requirement of specific curriculum and 95% course attendance policy.
Completion of the Electrical Technology Diploma program meets the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry requirements. 95% attendance in each course and completion of the diploma may qualify for one year of apprenticeship credit.
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