The Electrical Trades, AS program is designed to prepare the student for a rewarding career as an electrician. The program readies students to enter the areas of residential, commercial, or industrial electricity.
Students will be instructed of the important need for safe work habits in the electrical field, and that importance will be reinforced throughout the course of study. The National Electrical Code (NEC), will be covered extensively during the course of instruction, with great emphasis on the Code's guidelines and the importance of following those guidelines. OSHA standards for a safe electrical environment surrounding the workplace will also be stressed to the student, both as the employee and as a possible employer. Low voltage electricity and cabling, including alarm systems and home integration principles and will also be covered during program studies.
Students will start the electrical program with a basic introduction to electrical theory, and continually progress to knowledge of how electricity is produced for everyday use. Even though electrical equipment and products are ever changing, this theory of electricity has remained constant over the years. This basic knowledge will stay with the graduate who has a desire to progress further in the electrical field.
Core classes in Electrical Trades, AS such as, Alternating Current Theory (A.C.), A.C. Motors and Controls, and Three Phase Power and Transformers, will provide the fundamental content knowledge. Lab class instruction will offer the hands-on opportunity to develop skills necessary for the graduate to enter the workforce as an entry-level electrician, electrical apprentice, or electrical helper. The program's students will have knowledge of conduit bending, motors and controls, electrical schematic interpreting, and troubleshooting techniques, all desirable talents in a prospective employee, to employers.
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