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Construction Electrician

The Anoka Technical College Construction Electrician diploma is an 82-credit program designed to develop skills in the installation and testing of electrical fixtures. Students will study wiring, including blueprint reading, wiring code, electrical theory and 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, which all outcomes are determined at at first year apprentice level. 

  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
 ELEC 1002
 Electrical Theory I
 ELEC 1021
 Residential Wiring Lab I                                                                 
 ELEC 1031
 National Code
 MATH 1400
 Algebra and Trigonometry
 Spring Semester
 ELEC 1062
 Electrical Theory II
 ELEC 1081
 Residential Wiring Lab II
 ELEC 1091
 National Electrical Code II
 ELEC 1121
 Electrical Heating and Air Conditioning
 Summer Semester
 ELEC 1101
 Power Limited
 ELEC 1110
 ELEC 1130
 Plan Reading
 ELEC 1142
 Safety Principles/OSHA
 Fall Semester
 ELEC 2011
 Commercial Wiring Lab I
 ELEC 2021
 Motors and Controls I
 ELEC 2031
 National Electrical Code III
 ELEC 2041
 Three-Phase Electrical Theory
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
 Spring Semester
 ELEC 1108
 PLC's for Electricians 3
 ELEC 2061
 Commercial Wiring Lab II
 ELEC 2072
 Motors and Controls II
 ELEC 2081
 National Electrical Code IV
 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.


Brian Schelkoph

Enrollment Services