Electrical Technology

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

Provides graduates with essential skills required of an entry-level employee in the construction trades industry. This program encompasses the national skills standards for the construction trades.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate a basic knowledge in residential electrical wiring required of an entry-level employee, and competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis and technological application.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the obligations of workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure a safe work place (NCCER module 00101-09 – Basic Safety, subject to revision).
  • Discuss the importance of following general safety rules, knowing first-aid, selecting proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), proper grounding and the use of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s).
  • Discuss common electrical quantities and perform Ohm’s Law calculations.
  • Describe the layout and structure of the NEC and correctly utilize Article 100 (definitions).
  • Identify proper hardware and material to be used for installations.
  • Discuss and define the various Input/output (I/O) devices.
  • Describe the different types of nonmetallic and metallic pull and junction boxes and properly select, install and support these boxes.
  • Calculate loads for single-phase and three-phase branch circuits and size over current protection devices for noncontinuous and continuous duty circuits.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
TEC 100 Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills 5 Major Requirement
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Major Requirement
ECT 110 AC/DC Circuits 4 Major Requiremen

ENG 100


ENG 101 or ENG 107

Introduction to Composition


Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) GE- Social and Behavioral Science

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 115 National Electrical Code 3 Major Requirement
ECT 205 Fixtures and Installation 4 Major Requirement
ECT 210 Control Circuits 4 Major Requirement
ENG 101 or ENG 107 Freshman Composition 1/GE 3 GE- Composition
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2/GE    
MAT 105 Mathematics for Applied Sciences or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
CTM 105 Blueprint Reading for Construction 3 Departmental Requirement
DFT 100 AutoCAD 1 - Drafting 3 Departmental Requirement
CIS 120 Computer Information Systems/GE 3 GE- Additional Courses
ENT 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 Departmental Requirement
ENG 110 Technical Writing (recommended) 3 Elective
ENV 101 Environmental Science (recommended) 4 GE- Physical and Biological Sciences

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACR 103 Electrical Motors, Circuits, and Controls 3 Departmental Requirement
CTM 110 Construction Estimating 3 Departmental Requirement
CTM 230 Construction Management Field Operations 3 Departmental Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety 3 Departmental Requirement
PHI 105 Ethics/GE 3 GE- Humanities
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.