This associate's degree in Electrical Technology prepares students for jobs in industry as electrical/electronic technicians. Students develop the practical skills needed to work with electrical machinery, electric and electronic machine control devices, and other electronic equipment. The course work emphasizes electrical and electronics and includes theory and lab experience in troubleshooting, circuitry, industrial electronics, electrical machinery and electrical construction practices, as well as programmable logic control (PLC). A strong background in math, science and technical writing increases students' career opportunities. Graduates will also have the background needed to transfer to a four-year technology program.
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About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Graduates of the Electrical Technology (EL) major can elect to continue their education in the four-year Building Automation Technology (BBT) major without loss of credits. Electrical Technology (EL) grads can also elect to begin employment while working on course requirements for the four-year degree.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics median hourly wages of wage and salary electricians were $22.32 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $17.00 and $29.88. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $13.54, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $38.18.
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Building Equipment Contractors||364,900||$24.79||$51,550|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||15,440||$26.67||$55,480|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||7,480||$24.07||$50,070|
|Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution||7,430||$27.88||$57,990|
*Statistics reported in May 2010
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students in the following majors are required to purchase their own personal tools as they progress through the program. Not all tools are required initially, and students should talk to their instructors on the first day of classes to find out which ones are required. Students who qualify for financial aid may purchase their tools through the College Store.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Construction Management Association (CMA)
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Sigma Lambda Chi
Electrical Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.