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.


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 and Iron Range), Local 1426 (Fargo, East Grand Forks and Grand Forks), and Local 426 (Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Colorado and Kansas).


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 appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Work safely amongst others.
  2. Troubleshoot electrical circuits using proper technique.
  3. Design and install single family dwelling circuits to NEC standards.
  4. Design and install commercial and industry circuits to NEC standards.
  5. Design and install control circuits to NEC standards.
  6. Effectively follow verbal and written instructions.
  7. Identify code articles that pertain to the project.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester
 Course Number
 Course Tile Credits
 ELEC 1001
 Electrical Theory I
 ELEC 1020
 Residential Wiring Lab I                                                                 
 ELEC 1030
 National Code
 ELEC 1140
 Safety Principles/OSHA I
 MATH 1400
 Algebra and Trigonometry
 TOTAL   17
 Spring Semester
 ELEC 1061
 Electrical Theory II
 ELEC 1080
 Residential Wiring Lab II
 ELEC 1090
 National Electrical Code II
 ELEC 1141
 Safety/OSHA II
 TOTAL   14
 Summer Semester
 ELEC 1101
 Power Limited
 ELEC 1110
 ELEC 1121
 Electrical Heating and Air Conditioning
 ELEC 1130
 Plan Reading
 TOTAL   8
 Fall Semester
 ELEC 2010
 Commercial Wiring Lab I
 ELEC 2020
 Motors and Controls I
 ELEC 2030
 National Electrical Code III
 ELEC 2040
 Three-Phase Electrical Theory
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
 TOTAL   14
 Spring Semester
 ELEC 2060
 Commercial Wiring Lab II
 ELEC 2071
 Motors and Controls II
 ELEC 2080
 National Electrical Code IV
 ELEC 1107
 PLC's and Electronics for Electricians
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communications
Although the general education/MnTC 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 of 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.

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 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


Brian Schelkoph

Tim Simpson

Enrollment Services


“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.”