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Construction Electrician

We are glad to see you are interested in our Construction Electrician program. A visit with Enrollment Services is a great way to get your questions answered. Attend a Tuesday virtual information session, a Wednesday in-person information session or schedule a one-on-one video chat appointment today.

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Program Information

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.

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

USDE Professional Licensure Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has identified the program curriculum as meeting the state education requirements for licensure reciprocity agreements between Minnesota and the states listed below. Therefore, if a student becomes licensed in Minnesota, they can become licensed in those states identified. Additional requirements may exist and include fees, applications or other state specific exams. For those programs where no determination has been made, additional research will need to be completed to make those determinations: https://www.electricianschooledu.org/state-by-state-licensing-guide/.

For questions, please contact Brian Schelkoph

For those states where the USDE identified the program curriculum as meeting the state education requirements for licensure reciprocity agreements between Minnesota and theses states. Therefore, if a student becomes licensed in Minnesota they can become licensed in those states identified (https://www.dli.mn.gov/workers/electrician-or-electrical-installer/electrical-license-reciprocity). Additional requirements may exist and include fees, applications or other state specific exams. For those programs where no determination has been made additional research will need to be completed to make those determinations: (See individual state requirements)

List of states where the program curriculum meets state educational requirements for licensure or certification: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

List of states where the institution has not made a determination: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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. 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.

ENGL 1107 Composition I Prerequisite ENGL 0102 or ENGL 0960 and READ 0900 or READ 0960 or appropriate test score.

MATH 1400 Algebra and Trigonometry Prerequisite MATH 0801 or appropriate test score.

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
 19
 ELEC 1002
 Electrical Theory I
6
 ELEC 1021
 Residential Wiring Lab I                                                                 
5
 ELEC 1031
 National Code
3
 MATH 1400
 Algebra and Trigonometry
5
 Spring Semester
 19
 ELEC 1062
 Electrical Theory II
 6
 ELEC 1081
 Residential Wiring Lab II
 6
 ELEC 1091
 National Electrical Code II
 4
 ELEC 1121
 Electrical Heating and Air Conditioning
 3
 Summer Semester
 8
 ELEC 1101
 Power Limited
2
 ELEC 1110
 Lighting
2
 ELEC 1130
 Plan Reading
2
 ELEC 1142
 Safety Principles/OSHA
2
 Fall Semester
 19
 ELEC 2011
 Commercial Wiring Lab I
5
 ELEC 2021
 Motors and Controls I
2
 ELEC 2031
 National Electrical Code III
3
 ELEC 2041
 Three-Phase Electrical Theory
5
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
4
 Spring Semester
 18
 ELEC 1108
 PLC's for Electricians 3
 ELEC 2061
 Commercial Wiring Lab II
6
 ELEC 2072
 Motors and Controls II
3
 ELEC 2081
 National Electrical Code IV
3
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communications
3
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

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

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.

Faculty

Brian Schelkoph
BSchelkoph@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710