Program Description

Electrical Construction Tech
Electrical Construction Technology AAS Degree (81 Credits)

Program Description
The Electrical Construction Technology Program begins with basic principles and progresses to more technical information. The early part of the program includes D.C. theory, related math, National Electrical Code, shop skills and safety. Related subjects are scheduled throughout the program. A good mathematics background with one year of high school algebra or trigonometry is required.

Students will learn to apply knowledge to actual projects in the shop or mock-ups. Students will wire the house project, built as a student project by our building trades classes.

Students will receive training in A.C. and D.C. motor and generator theory, transformers, lighting, three phase systems, motor control, solid state, variable frequency drives (VFD) and programmable logic controls (PLC).

The Electrical Construction Technology Program is approved by Minnesota State Board of Electricity. Credit is given toward the state electrical license upon completion of this two year course.

Students are required to have completed ACCUPLACER with a minimum arithmetic score of 44 and a minimum reading score of 78. If ACCUPLACER scores indicate pre-college course work this must be done prior to starting the program.

Career Opportunities
After completing an apprenticeship, the graduate may be eligible to take the state examination for a journeyperson's license. A master electrician's license can be obtained after an electrician has worked for a number of years and gained further knowledge and skills. The Minnesota State Board of Electricity recognizes this program for credit towards the license. The electrical trade today is an ever-expanding industry that offers a wide variety of interesting work. The properly trained electrician will be called upon to wire buildings ranging from private homes to industrial plants. An electrician may perform maintenance work in industrial plants, office buildings, hospitals, or public buildings. Some electricians may specialize in particular fields such as motor rewinding, machine tool manufacture, appliance repair, or industrial controls. Students that graduated in May 2012 have found employment in the electrical industry or they have continued their education. Students that pursued a career in the electrical field, 100% have found work.Students that will be graduating in May 2013 are currently being recruited locally, regionally, and nationally. Electrical employers look to SCTCC to fill their electrical needs.

Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
ELEC1502 Wiring and Materials I 5 Credits
ELEC1510 National Electrical Code I 2 Credits
ELEC1518 Applied Electrical Principles and Formulas 5 Credits
ELEC1523 Drafting Blueprint Reading and Specification 4 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester II
ELEC1506 Wiring and Materials II 5 Credits
ELEC1515 National Electrical Code II 3 Credits
ELEC1526 Applied Electrical Principles and A.C. Fund. 5 Credits
ELEC1530 Electric Heat 2 Credits
ELEC1534 Safety, Certifications and Skills 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
ELEC1538 Industry Skills Development 1 Credit  
ELEC2502 Residential Wiring I 2 Credits
ELEC2510 National Electrical Code III 2 Credits
ELEC2519 Commercial Wiring 3 Credits
ELEC2520 Commercial Lighting 2 Credits
ELEC2522 AC Motor Control I 3 Credits
ELEC2538 Transformers, Three Phase Systems, and Formulas 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
ELEC2506 Residential Wiring II 2 Credits
ELEC2514 National Electrical Code IV 2 Credits
ELEC2526 A.C. Motor Control II 4 Credits
ELEC2532 Solid State and PLC Controls 3 Credits
ELEC2534 Industrial Systems 3 Credits
ELEC2540 Low Voltage Systems 1 Credit  
EMSC1420 Basic Emergency Care 1 Credit  

General Education
  General Education Electives 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications Oral 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications Written 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 4 Mathematics and Logic 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 6 Humanities 3 Credits

Estimated cost for books and supplies: $2,375

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303