Electrical Technology (EL)

(Effective Fall 2016)

This curriculum 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.

Career Opportunities

Industrial technician, field service technician, electronic apparatus troubleshooter, electrical laboratory technician, electrical engineering technologist, design assistant, electrical layout facilitator, technical writer.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra and one year of physical science (physics recommended). Electrical trade courses are desirable, but not necessary.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Electrical Technology 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 3 or higher.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • use mathematics and science in the design, development, and analysis of electrical and electronic circuits and systems.
  • interpret and develop blueprints, schematic diagrams, wiring diagrams, and transform them into functioning systems that comply with the National Electrical code and/or other specifications.
  • evaluate technical information and communicate verbally and/or in writing to others in or out of the field.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of construction procedures and electrical wiring techniques.
  • demonstrate knowledge of advanced electrical/electronic theory through the use of complex numbers and network theorems.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the theory and mechanics of rotating machinery, Programmable Logic Control (PLC) circuitry, transformer banks, and instrumentation.
  • troubleshoot microprocessor-based industrial control devices such as PLC and electro-mechanical systems.
  • demonstrate the ability to use test equipment and instrumentation to analyze, troubleshoot, repair, and operate electrical/electronic circuits, systems, and equipment.
  • demonstrate technical skills in a variety of electrical fields and apply accepted OSHA safety standards.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ELT111 Direct Current Fundamentals 5  
ELT113 Accident Prevention 2  
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2  
ELT116 Construction Lab I - Residential 5  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
Second Semester Credits
ELT120 Construction Lab II-Commercial 5  
ELT122 Alternating Current Fundamentals 5  
ELT130 Electrical Drawing and Print Reading 2  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
EET124 Engineering, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
Third Semester Credits
ELT234 Electrical Motor Control 4  
ELT235 Industrial Electronics 6  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
ELT245 Introduction to Programmable Logic Control 4  
ELT248 Electrical Systems Analysis 3  
ELT249 Programmable Logic Control Input/Output Devices 4  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  

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