Construction Electrician


The Anoka Technical College Construction Electrician diploma is a 72-credit program.  Curriculum is designed to develop skills in the installation and testing of electrical fixtures and wiring.  Students study:
  • Blueprint reading
  • Wiring code
  • Electrical theory
  • Wiring laboratory

Many graduates of this program join unions to complete their apprenticeship training.

Endorsements

The Construction Electrician Program is approved by the State Board of Electricity, the Twin Cities Joint Apprenticeship Committee, and many unions in the upper Midwest, including:  Local 110 (St. Paul), Local 292 (Minneapolis), Local 343 (Mankato), Local 242 (Duluth), Local 294 (Bemidji, Iron Range), Local 1426 (Fargo, East Grand Forks, Grand Forks), and Local 426 (Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Colorado, and Kansas).

Prerequisites

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program, prospective Construction Electrician students should have a high school diploma or GED. Helpful high school courses include electronics, drafting, carpentry, and algebra/ trigonometry.

Physical exertion is often required and electrical construction may be performed outdoors or under such conditions as heights, unfinished construction or high voltages.

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 72
 Technical Education Requirements
60
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ELEC 1001  Electrical Theory I
5
 ELEC 1020  Residential Wiring Lab I
4
 ELEC 1030  National Electrical Code I
2
 ELEC 1061  Electrical Theory II
5
 ELEC 1080  Residential Wiring Lab II
4
 ELEC 1090  National Electrical Code II
3
 ELEC 1101  Power Limited
2
 ELEC 1107  PLC’s and Electronics for Electricians
6
 ELEC 1110  Lighting
2
 ELEC 1121  Electrical Heating & Air Conditioning
2
 ELEC 1130  Plan Reading
2
 ELEC 1140  Safety Principles/OSHA I
1
 ELEC 1141  Safety/OSHA II
2
 ELEC 2010  Commercial Wiring Lab I
3
 ELEC 2020  Motors and Controls I
2
 ELEC 2030  National Electrical Code III
3
 ELEC 2040  Three-Phase Electrical Theory
4
 ELEC 2060  Commercial Wiring Lab II
3
 ELEC 2071  Motors and Controls II
3
 ELEC 2080  National Electrical Code IV
2
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
12
Twelve (12) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 ENGL 1105  Composition I
4
 MATH 1400  Algebra and Trigonometry
5
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
 

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number
 Course Tile Credits
 ELEC 1001
 Electrical Theory I
 5
 ELEC 1020
 Residential Wiring Lab I                                                                 
 4
 ELEC 1030
 National Code
 2
 ELEC 1140
 Safety Principles/OSHA I
 1
 MATH 1400
 Algebra and Trigonometry
 5
 TOTAL    17
 
 Spring Semester
 ELEC 1061
 Electrical Theory II
 5
 ELEC 1080
 Residential Wiring Lab II
 4
 ELEC 1090
 National Electrical Code II
 3
 ELEC 1141
 Safety/OSHA II
 2
 TOTAL   14
 
 Summer Semester
 ELEC 1101
 Power Limited
 2
 ELEC 1110
 Lighting
 2
 ELEC 1121
 Electrical Heating and Air Conditioning
 2
 ELEC 1130
 Plan Reading
 2
 TOTAL    8
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ELEC 2010
 Commercial Wiring Lab I
4
 ELEC 2020
 Motors and Controls I
 1
 ELEC 2030
 National Electrical Code III
 4
 ELEC 2040
 Three-Phase Electrical Theory
 2
 ENGL 1105
 Composition I
 4
 TOTAL    14
 
 Spring Semester
 ELEC 2060
 Commercial Wiring Lab II
3
 ELEC 2071
 Motors and Controls II
 3
 ELEC 2080
 National Electrical Code IV
 2
 ELEC 1107
 PLC's and Electronics for Electricians
 6
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communications
 3
 TOTAL
   17
 Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, these courses may be taken in any semester and in any order.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

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Industry Information

Construction electricians work with electrical materials on construction and remodeling jobs.

More specifically, construction electricians plan, assemble, install, and test electrical fixtures, apparatus, and wiring that is used in both new and existing buildings.

Construction electricians must have a complete knowledge of electrical codes, theory, and materials in order to correctly install and troubleshoot all types of electrical equipment and controls as required for each type of building.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Experienced electricians who work for large companies have several options for advancement. Those who have good people skills may become supervisors. Those who have good organizational skills may become managers.

Construction electricians may transfer to electrical jobs in the shipbuilding, automobile, or aircraft industries. Some electricians start their own businesses. Those who earn a master electrician's license may become contractors.

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Brian Schelkoph
763-576-4228

Tim Simpson
763-576-4142

 

Start

Fall: August

Award

Diploma

Contact

Brian Schelkoph
763-576-4228

Tim Simpson
763-576-4142

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

 


“At Anoka Tech, I found a career that was interesting and would not require me to sit behind a desk day after day. The salary range for this career field was a huge incentive. An electrician’s average salary is higher than that for many positions that require a four-year degree. My education also opens a way to own and operate a business in the future, if I chose to go that direction.”