(Effective Fall 2020)

This curriculum offers the skills and background necessary for various electrical construction and maintenance careers. Students develop the practical skills needed to design, troubleshoot, analyze, operate, and install residential, commercial and industrial electrical systems. The course work emphasizes electrical construction practices, electrical machinery requirements, circuitry, safety, and the National Electrical Code through theory and laboratory practice. Courses in communications, math, science, and small business practices improve students’ employment prospects. Graduates will also have the background needed to transfer into multiple bachelor degree programs.

Career Opportunities

Self-employment in residential, commercial and industrial electrical wiring, electrical designer, industrial maintenance electrician, electrical union apprentice, electrical inspector, electrical troubleshooter or power company employee

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 Construction 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). Math placement requirement: Level 2 or higher

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A successful graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of electrical principles and laws through the use of mathematical formulas to solve electrical problems in both direct and alternating current equipment and systems.
  • develop schematic diagrams and wiring diagrams using a CAD program, and transform them into functioning systems that comply with the National Electrical code and/or other specifications.
  • communicate electrical and technical information effectively verbally and/or in writing.
  • exhibit proper general and OSHA safety practices.
  • operate test equipment and instrumentation to analyze, troubleshoot, and repair electrical/electronic circuits, systems, and equipment.
  • demonstrate knowledge and theory of single and three phase power and distribution systems used in residential and industrial settings.
  • explain the theory, mechanics, and control of rotating machinery.
  • demonstrate working knowledge of electrical construction procedures in residential, commercial, and industrial installations.
  • demonstrate a general knowledge of small business practices relative to electrical construction and installations projects.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
ELT111 Direct Current Fundamentals 5 4 3 M REQ
ELT116 Construction Lab I - Residential 5 3 6 M REQ
ELT113 Accident Prevention 2 2 M REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ELT120 Construction Lab II-Commercial 5 3 6 M REQ
RET122 Alternating Current Essentials 3 2 3 M REQ
ELT130 Electrical Drawing and Print Reading 2 1 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ELT237 Construction Lab III - Industrial 4 2 6 M REQ
ELT234 Electrical Motor Control 4 3 3 M REQ
ELT255 Electrical Estimating 3 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ELT240 Construction Lab IV-Practical Experience 3 9 M REQ
ELT256 Electrical Contractor Business Management 3 3 M REQ
ELT246 Electrical Machinery Analysis 3 2 3 M REQ
BCT104 Construction Safety and Equipment 1 3 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
or
AAP Core Applied Arts Perspective 3   S AAP
or
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
or
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
or
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
TOTAL CREDITS 13