College Catalog

Electrical Occupations (EO)

(Effective Fall 2012)

This curriculum offers the skills and theoretical background needed for a variety of careers. Graduates may work as electricians in electrical construction or in electrical maintenance where they would work with electrical machinery. They should also be qualified to develop the circuitry used to install and troubleshoot electrical and electronic machine-controlled equipment and systems. The major emphasizes electrical and electronic basics and the development of skills through laboratory practice. Courses in communication, math, and science improve students' employment prospects.

Career Opportunities

Industrial electrician, electrical troubleshooter, power company employee, construction union apprentice, electrical tester or inspector; self-employment in residential and commercial wiring.

Recommended High School Subjects

One year of general math, one year of basic algebra, and one year of science. One year of advanced algebra is desirable.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Electrical Occupations major web page.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm). Students will be required to remediate deficiencies within one year of enrollment. Math placement requirement: Level 2 or higher.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate technical skills in a variety of electrical fields, apply accepted safety standards, and meet work quality standards.
  • demonstrate and apply knowledge in electrical theory and mathematics in the construction and operation of electrical systems.
  • use and care for electrical tools and materials and demonstrate the ability to requisition these items from a stockroom or supplier.
  • read and develop blueprints and use this information in performing installation, which comply with the National Electrical Code.
  • interpret ideas and develop plans through communicating with others.
  • operate, maintain, and repair rotating electrical machines.
  • demonstrate working knowledge of electrical construction procedures in residential, commercial, and industrial installations.
  • use troubleshooting equipment and standard testing procedures.
  • set up ladder relay logic systems and convert them to electronic programmable control systems.
  • operate and maintain electrical and electronic programmable control systems.
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic electronic control circuitry, devices, and schematic diagrams.
  • troubleshoot microprocessor-based industrial control devices such as robots.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ELT116Construction Lab I - Residential 5 
ELT117Applied Direct Current Fundamentals 6 
ENL010Communications 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second SemesterCredits
ELT120Construction Lab II-Commercial 5 
ELT126Applied Alternating Current Fundamentals 6 
ELT128Electrical Drawing and Print Reading 2 
ELT113Accident Prevention 2 
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Third SemesterCredits
ELT237Construction Lab III - Industrial 4 
ELT231Industrial Motor Control 6 
ELT238Basic Electronics for Industry 5 
ELT218Structured Wiring and Premises Cabling 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth SemesterCredits
ELT240Construction Lab IV-Practical Experience 3 
ELT243Programmable Control 4 
ELT246Electrical Machinery Analysis 3 
ELT247Industrial Control and Troubleshooting 4 
TOTAL CREDITS 14

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