Construction Electrician


The Anoka Technical College Construction Electrician diploma is a 72-credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in the installation and testing of electrical fixtures and wiring, including blueprint reading, wiring code, electrical theory and wiring laboratory.

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

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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.

Prospective students should be in good physical health, able to lift 75-100 pounds, able to distinguish colors, able to work from ladders, enjoy doing a variety of tasks, and may be required to pass an industry physical.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 72
 Technical
60
 ELEC1001  Electrical Theory I
5
 ELEC1020  Residential Wiring Lab I
4
 ELEC1030  National Electrical Code
2
 ELEC1061  Electrical Theory II
5
 ELEC1080  Residential Wiring Lab II
4
 ELEC1090  National Electrical Code II
3
 ELEC1101  Power Limited
2
 ELEC1107  PLC’s and Electronics for Electricians
6
 ELEC1110  Lighting
2
 ELEC1121  Electrical Heating & Air Conditioning
2
 ELEC1130  Plan Reading
2
 ELEC1040  Safety Principles/OSHA
1
 ELEC1041  Safety/OSHA
2
 ELEC2010  Commercial Wiring Lab I
3
 ELEC2020  Motors and Controls I
2
 ELEC2030  National Electrical Code III
3
 ELEC2040  Three-Phase Electrical Theory
4
 ELEC2060  Commercial Wiring Lab II
3
 ELEC2071  Motors and Controls II
3
 ELEC2080  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:
 ENGL1105  Composition I
4
 MATH1400  Algebra and Trigonometry
5
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
 

Program Sequence

FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

 Mini_Semester (Four Weeks)

 Contact Hours per Week
Lecture+Lab

 

ELEC1001............................5            2+6

ELEC1020............................4            0+8

ELEC1030............................2            1+2

ELEC1140............................1            1+0

MATH1400............................5           5+0

TOTAL.................................17            25                                                                                                                                                       

 Contact Hours per Week
Lecture+Lab

 

ELEC1061..........................4                 2+6

ELEC1080..........................1                 0+8

ELEC1090..........................4                 1+4

ELEC1141.........................2                  2+0

TOTAL...............................14                 23                                                                                       

 Contact Hours per Week
Lecture+Lab

 

ELEC1101.....................2                 2+0

ELEC1110.....................2                 2+0

ELEC1121.....................2                 2+0

ELEC1130.....................2                  2+0

TOTAL.........................8                 8                                                      

SECOND YEAR

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

 

Contact Hours per Week
Lecture+Lab 

 

ELEC2010............4                 1+4

ELEC2020............1                 1+2

ELEC2030............4                 1+4

ELEC2040............2                  0+8

ENGL1105...........4                  4+0           

TOTAL.................14                  25

Contact Hours per Week
Lecture+Lab 

 

ELEC2060.............................3                 1+4

ELEC2071.............................3                 2+2

ELEC2080.............................2                 1+2

ELEC1107.............................6                  4+4

SPCH1200............................3                  3+0           

TOTAL.................................14                  23

 

Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, the courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

 

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

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

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

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

Tim Simpson
763-576-4879

 

Start

Fall: August

Award

Certificate

Contact

Jay Boyle
763-576-4056


“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.”