Electrical for Manufacturing

To provide students with the basic understanding of electricity, control circuits and programmable logic controllers (PLC) architecture and programming.



Training Dates Coming Soon

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm each day for 4 week


AWC Wellton Campus 


$1364.00 for In-state students

$1834.00 for Out-of-State students


Field of Interest
This certificate provides an introduction to basic electrical principles, circuits and measurements. It also gives an overview of the principles and applications of components, control circuits, diagrams, PLC architecture/programming and troubleshooting.

Students who successfully complete the course requirements can prepare and sit for the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) Craft Skills Examination, and also earn an Occupational Certificate from Arizona Western College.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of the class students will be able to:

  • 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). 
  • demonstrate the proper use of ladders, scaffolds and tools.
  • explain the effect of electric current in the body.
  • discuss the differences between analog and digital meters.
  • demonstrate the proper connection of voltmeters, ammeters, and ohmmeters into circuits and proper use of range and function switches on multimeters. 
  • discuss the structure of atoms and the differences between conductors and insulators.
  • define series and parallel circuits and determine electrical quantities in them.
  • discuss the differences between alternating (AC) and direct current (DC) circuits and loads.
  • discuss the different types of AC waveforms and the differences in peak, root mean square (RMS), and average AC voltages.
  • discuss the effects on AC circuits caused by inductors and capacitors, current and voltage relationships and determine how to calculate circuit values. 
  • discuss basic resistive inductive capacitive (RLC) circuits. 
  • discuss the basic principles of single and three-phase transformer and motor connections 
  • discuss and define the various Input/Output (I/O) devices. 
  • describe the differences in each of the four basic drawings (single-line, pictorial, schematic, and ladder diagram) used to convey electrical information.
  • interpret electrical symbols appearing on electrical drawings.
  • draw electrical diagrams and wire circuits for the diagrams from two and three-wire control circuits, jog circuits and hand-off-automatic (HOA) controls, timers and sequential controls, and speed controls.
  • identify and explain the function of each block within PLC architecture and describe memory of a PLC.
  • describe the PLC instruction set including addressing modes and write debug programs for a PLC.
  • identify, explain and draw ladder logic symbols and diagrams and utilize these to troubleshoot a PLC system.

Who should take the course? 

Displaced workers looking for valuable training to re-enter the workforce.

Registration Process: Because students earn college credit from Arizona Western College, application and admission to AWC is required

Interested students will meet with an AZ Quest Grant Coordinator to determine eligibility for the program.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: https://www.azwestern.edu/paying-for-college

Arizona Quest Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant, funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The funding amount for FY23/24 is $2,647,694.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.