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.
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.
Industrial technician, field service technician, electronic apparatus troubleshooter, electrical laboratory technician, electrical engineering technologist, design assistant, electrical layout facilitator, technical writer.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for electricians was $55,190 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $94,620.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Building Equipment Contractors||474,590||$28.11||$58,470|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||14,620||$32.79||$68,210|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||10,560||$28.33||$58,920|
|Utility System Construction||9,610||$29.42||$61,190|
Statistics reported in May 2018
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students in the Electrical Technology (EL) major are required to purchase their own personal tools. Not all tools are necessary initially, faculty will identify what tools are required the first day of class. Therefore students are advised not to purchase new tools before meeting with faculty. Please direct any tool list questions to the School office.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Sigma Lambda Chi
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
Electrical Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. James E Beamer, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- Mr. Jayce Bell, Senior Controls Engineering Manager, First Quality Products
- Mr. John M DuBois, Lead Maintenance Specialist/Project Leader, General Electric Power & Water
- Mr. Adam Feather, '11, '12, Project Engineer, Trane
- Mr. Gary Gable, '74, President, Paul Gable & Sons Electric, Inc.
- Mr. Jay Gable, '02, Vice President, Paul Gable & Sons Electrical Contractors
- Mr. David Kranz, Owner/Electrical Inspector, Kranz Inspection Service
- Mr. Ken Kryder, '86, Electronics Instructor, Keystone Central School District
- Mr. Randy Schreckengast, CME, Energy Performance Engineer, Johnson Controls
- Mr. Adam J Yoder, '08, '11, Account Executive, Johnson Controls
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.