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Electrician

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Choose this program to prepare for an exciting career as an electrician. Occupational choices are extensive in the field; many graduates work in the construction industry, while others work as maintenance electricians. Electricians are in high demand by local manufacturers, too.

In BTC’s Electrician program, you’ll learn how to install, maintain, and repair electrical systems, as well as how to read blueprints, install conduit, program PLCs, and test circuits. You can put your valuable skills to work with electrical equipment distributors, industrial manufacturing plants, communications companies, and electrical utility companies.

Typical career choices for graduates include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical equipment technician, or telephone technician.

Program Facts

82% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $61,558

Wage potential $75,109 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of electricians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for skilled electricians are expected to be very good as the growth in demand outpaces the supply of workers trained in this industry. There is expected to be a shortage of skilled workers during the next decade because of the anticipated smaller pool of young workers entering training programs.

About 82% of BTC Electrician students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $61,558, with an earning potential of about $75,109 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as electricians. In the United States, more than half of all electricians are employed in the construction industry. Others work as maintenance electricians in virtually every industry including electrical equipment distributors, communications companies, electrical utility companies and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical contractor, electrical equipment technician, maintenance electrician, television cable technician, utility company technician, telephone technician and electrical equipment salesperson. Nationally, one out of every ten electricians is self-employed.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ELCN 100Trade & Safety2 credits

    A dynamic introduction to the electrical trade regulations & requirements, the job market, descriptions of various types of work areas, safety issues and safety requirements.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-4/14DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT B
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 101DC Circuits4 credits

    Will prepare the student with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes DC electrical theory, structure of matter, electron theory and Ohm’s law using interactive software, dynamic lecture and discussion. Students will apply basic algebra skills during this course.

    Prerequisite:
    AMATH 100 or MATH& 141 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 103Electrical Drawings & Blueprints2 credits

    Introduction to and discussion of various types of electrical drawings including wiring, schematic, line, and construction diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    4/15-4/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 125Electrical Applied Mechanics4 credits

    Studies introduce material strengths relating to forces such as tension, sheer and torque. Students develop knowledge and skills through application of pulley ratios and levers. Instruction also covers properties of materials such as solids, liquids and gasses. Utilizing dynamic lecture and discussion, and hands-on practice, students develop knowledge and skills for careers in industry. Text and basic tools required.


    Future Offerings
    4/27-5/13DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT B
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 131DC Circuit Lab4 credits

    Emphasizing DC Electrical theory and Ohm’s law, series and parallel circuits are analyzed with hands-on experiments and commonly used test equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 100, ELCN 101, ELCN 103 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBILLS MOpenings: 15
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 10
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aMUDD SOpenings: 21
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMUDD SOpenings: 13
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aMUDD SOpenings: 12
    9/23-12/12Online MUDD SOpenings: 5
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 17
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 102AC Circuits3 credits

    Prepares the electrician to diagnose and repair AC electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes AC electrical theory, phase relationships with inductance, capacitance and resistance.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 and AMATH 100 or MATH& 141

    Future Offerings
    11/10-12/12DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
  • ELCN 112Introduction to National Electrical Code4 credits

    Wire, conduit, and box size requirements of the National Electrical Code. Beginning branch circuit calculations.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/7DAILY 8:00a-9:25aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 5
  • ELCN 132AC Circuit Lab3 credits

    AC electrical theory is examined and verified with hands-on experiments utilizing standard test equipment

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 131 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    11/17-12/12DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 142Residential Wiring Projects6 credits

    Project based lab. Student crews complete electrical construction projects including a model house wiring installation.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101, ELCN 103, ELCN 125 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/14DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 5
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • Quarter 3
  • ELCN 104Grounding & Bonding2 credits

    Standards, theory and application of grounding and bonding applied to electrical systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/26DAILY 8:00a-9:45aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 105Transformers, Motors & Generators4 credits

    Theory and operation of rotating electrical machines and transformers.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102

    Future Offerings
    2/20-3/26DAILY 8:00a-9:45aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 113Advanced NEC Calculations3 credits

    National Electrical Code required calculations for occupancy loads, transformer and motor circuits, services, feeders and equipment rooms.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    1/27-2/19DAILY 8:00a-9:45aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 143Electrical Distribution3 credits

    Electrical lab installation of services, panelboards, switches, and feeders.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104, ELCN 105, ELCN 113 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    2/27-3/26DAILY10:00a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 151Commercial Wiring Methods & Materials5 credits

    Installation of basic commercial electrical components and systems to meet recognized industry standards utilizing appropriate tools, wiring methods and materials.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 103 & ELCN 142

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/26DAILY10:00a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aLONG ROpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aLONG ROpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 10
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 21
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 6
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • Quarter 4
  • ELCN 201Electronics for Electricians2 credits

    Diagnose and repair of industrial control devices emphasizing electronic theory and industrial solid state devices.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 & ELCN 103

    Future Offerings
    10/28-11/12DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     DAILY12:00p-12:55pSTAFF
    5/12-5/27DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 202Machine Control Fundamentals5 credits

    Preparing for fabrication, diagnose and repair of industrial control devices emphasizing motor control theory, system wiring and diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104 & ELCN 105

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/24DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     DAILY12:00p-12:55pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 251Commercial & Renewable Energy Projects5 credits

    Students will build projects utilizing a variety of standard commercial and institutional techniques.


    Future Offerings
    10/28-12/12DAILY 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
    5/12-6/23DAILY 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 261Industrial Control Wiring Methods & Materials6 credits

    This course is a hand’s on lab exploring the design and construction of motor control systems. Control circuits are fabricated in industrial enclosures using control relays, sensors and motor starters.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 151

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/24DAILY 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11DAILY 9:05a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 280Renewable Electrical Sources4 credits

    Explores new alternative electrical power sources from a design and build point of view with an emphasis on the NEC requirements.


    Future Offerings
    11/13-12/12DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     DAILY12:00p-12:55pSTAFF
    5/28-6/23DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • Quarter 5
  • ELCN 203PLCs & VFDs5 credits

    This course is an in depth study of programmable logic controllers including configuring hardware and software for controlling devices that drive industrial machinery.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 201, ELCN 202

    Future Offerings
    2/20-3/26DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 214Special Occupancies, Equipment & Conditions3 credits

    Examine and locate the National Electrical Code requirements and limitations for specialized circumstances such as hazardous areas, health care, industrial locations, assembly areas, alternate energy sources, elevators and commercial specialty equipment.


    Future Offerings
    1/29-2/19DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 262Specialty Industrial Wiring Projects5 credits

    This is an electrical construction lab class. Students will build projects utilizing a variety of standard industrial techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 261

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/19DAILY 9:05a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 263Automated Control Projects6 credits

    This is a hand’s on lab, integrating motor controls, programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives and industrial wiring distribution.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 202 & ELCN 261 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    2/20-3/26DAILY 9:05a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 281Electrical Estimating & Design3 credits

    Designing and estimating material and labor costs for a variety of electrical projects using catalogs, the internet and estimating software.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/28DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS113 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program scheduled to accept new students in the following quarters; Spring 2015 and Winter 2016.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Graduates can be credited with up to 1472 supervised work experience hours per RCW 19.28.191 and WAC 296-46b-940. In order to receive the approved experience hours students must have an electrical trainee card from L&I prior to enrolling in the program.

Physical Requirements

  • Electricians deal with color coded wires on a daily basis, making it vital for all electricians to be able to see color.

Program Outcomes

  • Design, analyze, and diagnose basic electrical systems through the application of electrical theory fundamentals
  • Ensure safe work practices and installations through compliance with national, state, and local regulations and industry standards including the National Electrical Code and WAC/RCW
  • Use proper tools and test equipment to construct and maintain power, lighting, signaling, and control systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings
  • Install new and modify existing electrical systems and components utilizing appropriate wiring methods and materials
  • Estimate costs of labor and material for small electrical projects
  • Communicate clearly with team members, supervisors, and others in the workplace, effectively using oral communication as well as drawings, blueprints, and other documents
  • Exhibit professional and personal conduct and appearance appropriate to the workplace

Jim Lee - Instructor image

Jim Lee

360 752-8420

jlee@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Jim Lee is an electrician program instructor at Bellingham Technical College and has been teaching since February 2007. Prior to teaching here, Jim was an electrical contractor providing the industrial segment of the electrical market with engineering and technical electrical services. He was an electronics instructor at Texas State Technical Institute from 1982 to 1984.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University

      Certified Journeyman Electrician, State of Washington

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Bradley Willbrandt - Instructor image

Bradley Willbrandt


Instructor Information



Associate of Applied Science Degree

Choose this program to prepare for an exciting career as an electrician. Occupational choices are extensive in the field; many graduates work in the construction industry, while others work as maintenance electricians. Electricians are in high demand by local manufacturers, too.

In BTC’s Electrician program, you’ll learn how to install, maintain, and repair electrical systems, as well as how to read blueprints, install conduit, program PLCs, and test circuits. You can put your valuable skills to work with electrical equipment distributors, industrial manufacturing plants, communications companies, and electrical utility companies.

Typical career choices for graduates include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical equipment technician, or telephone technician.

Program Facts

82% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $61,558

Wage potential $75,109 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of electricians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for skilled electricians are expected to be very good as the growth in demand outpaces the supply of workers trained in this industry. There is expected to be a shortage of skilled workers during the next decade because of the anticipated smaller pool of young workers entering training programs.

About 82% of BTC Electrician students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $61,558, with an earning potential of about $75,109 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as electricians. In the United States, more than half of all electricians are employed in the construction industry. Others work as maintenance electricians in virtually every industry including electrical equipment distributors, communications companies, electrical utility companies and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical contractor, electrical equipment technician, maintenance electrician, television cable technician, utility company technician, telephone technician and electrical equipment salesperson. Nationally, one out of every ten electricians is self-employed.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 11
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 9
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 26
    9/23-12/12Online ADAMS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 100Trade & Safety2 credits

    A dynamic introduction to the electrical trade regulations & requirements, the job market, descriptions of various types of work areas, safety issues and safety requirements.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-4/14DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT B
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 101DC Circuits4 credits

    Will prepare the student with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes DC electrical theory, structure of matter, electron theory and Ohm’s law using interactive software, dynamic lecture and discussion. Students will apply basic algebra skills during this course.

    Prerequisite:
    AMATH 100 or MATH& 141 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 103Electrical Drawings & Blueprints2 credits

    Introduction to and discussion of various types of electrical drawings including wiring, schematic, line, and construction diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    4/15-4/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 125Electrical Applied Mechanics4 credits

    Studies introduce material strengths relating to forces such as tension, sheer and torque. Students develop knowledge and skills through application of pulley ratios and levers. Instruction also covers properties of materials such as solids, liquids and gasses. Utilizing dynamic lecture and discussion, and hands-on practice, students develop knowledge and skills for careers in industry. Text and basic tools required.


    Future Offerings
    4/27-5/13DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT B
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 131DC Circuit Lab4 credits

    Emphasizing DC Electrical theory and Ohm’s law, series and parallel circuits are analyzed with hands-on experiments and commonly used test equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 100, ELCN 101, ELCN 103 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 17
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 102AC Circuits3 credits

    Prepares the electrician to diagnose and repair AC electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes AC electrical theory, phase relationships with inductance, capacitance and resistance.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 and AMATH 100 or MATH& 141

    Future Offerings
    11/10-12/12DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
  • ELCN 112Introduction to National Electrical Code4 credits

    Wire, conduit, and box size requirements of the National Electrical Code. Beginning branch circuit calculations.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/7DAILY 8:00a-9:25aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 5
  • ELCN 132AC Circuit Lab3 credits

    AC electrical theory is examined and verified with hands-on experiments utilizing standard test equipment

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 131 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    11/17-12/12DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 142Residential Wiring Projects6 credits

    Project based lab. Student crews complete electrical construction projects including a model house wiring installation.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101, ELCN 103, ELCN 125 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/14DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 5
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • Quarter 3
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMATHEWS ROpenings: 15
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 2
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 13
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 16
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 9
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 104Grounding & Bonding2 credits

    Standards, theory and application of grounding and bonding applied to electrical systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/26DAILY 8:00a-9:45aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 105Transformers, Motors & Generators4 credits

    Theory and operation of rotating electrical machines and transformers.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102

    Future Offerings
    2/20-3/26DAILY 8:00a-9:45aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 113Advanced NEC Calculations3 credits

    National Electrical Code required calculations for occupancy loads, transformer and motor circuits, services, feeders and equipment rooms.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    1/27-2/19DAILY 8:00a-9:45aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 143Electrical Distribution3 credits

    Electrical lab installation of services, panelboards, switches, and feeders.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104, ELCN 105, ELCN 113 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    2/27-3/26DAILY10:00a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 151Commercial Wiring Methods & Materials5 credits

    Installation of basic commercial electrical components and systems to meet recognized industry standards utilizing appropriate tools, wiring methods and materials.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 103 & ELCN 142

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/26DAILY10:00a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • Quarter 4
  • ELCN 201Electronics for Electricians2 credits

    Diagnose and repair of industrial control devices emphasizing electronic theory and industrial solid state devices.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 & ELCN 103

    Future Offerings
    10/28-11/12DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     DAILY12:00p-12:55pSTAFF
    5/12-5/27DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 202Machine Control Fundamentals5 credits

    Preparing for fabrication, diagnose and repair of industrial control devices emphasizing motor control theory, system wiring and diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104 & ELCN 105

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/24DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     DAILY12:00p-12:55pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 251Commercial & Renewable Energy Projects5 credits

    Students will build projects utilizing a variety of standard commercial and institutional techniques.


    Future Offerings
    10/28-12/12DAILY 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
    5/12-6/23DAILY 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 261Industrial Control Wiring Methods & Materials6 credits

    This course is a hand’s on lab exploring the design and construction of motor control systems. Control circuits are fabricated in industrial enclosures using control relays, sensors and motor starters.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 151

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/24DAILY 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11DAILY 9:05a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 280Renewable Electrical Sources4 credits

    Explores new alternative electrical power sources from a design and build point of view with an emphasis on the NEC requirements.


    Future Offerings
    11/13-12/12DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 4
     DAILY12:00p-12:55pSTAFF
    5/28-6/23DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • Quarter 5
  • ELCN 203PLCs & VFDs5 credits

    This course is an in depth study of programmable logic controllers including configuring hardware and software for controlling devices that drive industrial machinery.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 201, ELCN 202

    Future Offerings
    2/20-3/26DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 214Special Occupancies, Equipment & Conditions3 credits

    Examine and locate the National Electrical Code requirements and limitations for specialized circumstances such as hazardous areas, health care, industrial locations, assembly areas, alternate energy sources, elevators and commercial specialty equipment.


    Future Offerings
    1/29-2/19DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 262Specialty Industrial Wiring Projects5 credits

    This is an electrical construction lab class. Students will build projects utilizing a variety of standard industrial techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 261

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/19DAILY 9:05a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 263Automated Control Projects6 credits

    This is a hand’s on lab, integrating motor controls, programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives and industrial wiring distribution.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 202 & ELCN 261 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    2/20-3/26DAILY 9:05a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     MTThF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • ELCN 281Electrical Estimating & Design3 credits

    Designing and estimating material and labor costs for a variety of electrical projects using catalogs, the internet and estimating software.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/28DAILY 8:00a-8:55aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:00pSTAFF
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program scheduled to accept new students in the following quarters; Spring 2015 and Winter 2016.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Graduates can be credited with up to 1472 supervised work experience hours per RCW 19.28.191 and WAC 296-46b-940. In order to receive the approved experience hours students must have an electrical trainee card from L&I prior to enrolling in the program.

Physical Requirements

  • Electricians deal with color coded wires on a daily basis, making it vital for all electricians to be able to see color.

Program Outcomes

  • Design, analyze, and diagnose basic electrical systems through the application of electrical theory fundamentals
  • Ensure safe work practices and installations through compliance with national, state, and local regulations and industry standards including the National Electrical Code and WAC/RCW.
  • Use proper tools and test equipment to construct and maintain power, lighting, signaling, and control systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings
  • Install new and modify existing electrical systems and components utilizing appropriate wiring methods and materials
  • Estimate costs of labor and material for small electrical projects
  • Communicate clearly with team members, supervisors, and others in the workplace, effectively using oral communication as well as drawings, blueprints, and other documents
  • Exhibit professional and personal conduct and appearance appropriate to the workplace

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Bradley Willbrandt


Instructor Information



Electrical Construction Certificate

Choose this program to prepare for an exciting career as an electrician. Occupational choices are extensive in the field; many graduates work in the construction industry, while others work as maintenance electricians. Electricians are in high demand by local manufacturers, too.

In BTC’s Electrician program, you’ll learn how to install, maintain, and repair electrical systems, as well as how to read blueprints, install conduit, program PLCs, and test circuits. You can put your valuable skills to work with electrical equipment distributors, industrial manufacturing plants, communications companies, and electrical utility companies.

Typical career choices for graduates include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical equipment technician, or telephone technician.

Program Facts

82% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $61,558

Wage potential $75,109 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

Employment of electricians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for skilled electricians are expected to be very good as the growth in demand outpaces the supply of workers trained in this industry. There is expected to be a shortage of skilled workers during the next decade because of the anticipated smaller pool of young workers entering training programs.

About 82% of BTC Electrician students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $61,558, with an earning potential of about $75,109 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as electricians. In the United States, more than half of all electricians are employed in the construction industry. Others work as maintenance electricians in virtually every industry including electrical equipment distributors, communications companies, electrical utility companies and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical contractor, electrical equipment technician, maintenance electrician, television cable technician, utility company technician, telephone technician and electrical equipment salesperson. Nationally, one out of every ten electricians is self-employed.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 11
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 9
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 26
    9/23-12/12Online ADAMS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 100Trade & Safety2 credits

    A dynamic introduction to the electrical trade regulations & requirements, the job market, descriptions of various types of work areas, safety issues and safety requirements.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-4/14DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT B
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 101DC Circuits4 credits

    Will prepare the student with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes DC electrical theory, structure of matter, electron theory and Ohm’s law using interactive software, dynamic lecture and discussion. Students will apply basic algebra skills during this course.

    Prerequisite:
    AMATH 100 or MATH& 141 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 103Electrical Drawings & Blueprints2 credits

    Introduction to and discussion of various types of electrical drawings including wiring, schematic, line, and construction diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    4/15-4/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 125Electrical Applied Mechanics4 credits

    Studies introduce material strengths relating to forces such as tension, sheer and torque. Students develop knowledge and skills through application of pulley ratios and levers. Instruction also covers properties of materials such as solids, liquids and gasses. Utilizing dynamic lecture and discussion, and hands-on practice, students develop knowledge and skills for careers in industry. Text and basic tools required.


    Future Offerings
    4/27-5/13DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT B
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 131DC Circuit Lab4 credits

    Emphasizing DC Electrical theory and Ohm’s law, series and parallel circuits are analyzed with hands-on experiments and commonly used test equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 100, ELCN 101, ELCN 103 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 17
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 102AC Circuits3 credits

    Prepares the electrician to diagnose and repair AC electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes AC electrical theory, phase relationships with inductance, capacitance and resistance.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 and AMATH 100 or MATH& 141

    Future Offerings
    11/10-12/12DAILY 8:00a-9:30aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
  • ELCN 112Introduction to National Electrical Code4 credits

    Wire, conduit, and box size requirements of the National Electrical Code. Beginning branch circuit calculations.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/7DAILY 8:00a-9:25aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 5
  • ELCN 132AC Circuit Lab3 credits

    AC electrical theory is examined and verified with hands-on experiments utilizing standard test equipment

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 131 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    11/17-12/12DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 142Residential Wiring Projects6 credits

    Project based lab. Student crews complete electrical construction projects including a model house wiring installation.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101, ELCN 103, ELCN 125 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    9/23-11/14DAILY 9:45a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 5
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • Quarter 3
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMATHEWS ROpenings: 15
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 2
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 13
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 16
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 9
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 104Grounding & Bonding2 credits

    Standards, theory and application of grounding and bonding applied to electrical systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/26DAILY 8:00a-9:45aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 105Transformers, Motors & Generators4 credits

    Theory and operation of rotating electrical machines and transformers.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102

    Future Offerings
    2/20-3/26DAILY 8:00a-9:45aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 113Advanced NEC Calculations3 credits

    National Electrical Code required calculations for occupancy loads, transformer and motor circuits, services, feeders and equipment rooms.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    1/27-2/19DAILY 8:00a-9:45aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 143Electrical Distribution3 credits

    Electrical lab installation of services, panelboards, switches, and feeders.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104, ELCN 105, ELCN 113 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    2/27-3/26DAILY10:00a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
  • ELCN 151Commercial Wiring Methods & Materials5 credits

    Installation of basic commercial electrical components and systems to meet recognized industry standards utilizing appropriate tools, wiring methods and materials.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 103 & ELCN 142

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/26DAILY10:00a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     MWF12:00p-1:30pWILLBRANDT B
     TTh12:00p-3:00pWILLBRANDT B
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program scheduled to accept new students in the following quarters; Spring 2015 and Winter 2016.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Graduates can be credited with supervised work experience hours per RCW 19.28.191 and WAC 296-46b-940. In order to receive the approved experience hours students must have an electrical trainee card from L&I prior to enrolling in the program.

Physical Requirements

  • Electricians deal with color coded wires on a daily basis, making it vital for all electricians to be able to see color.

Program Outcomes

  • Design, analyze, and diagnose basic electrical systems through the application of electrical theory fundamentals
  • Ensure safe work practices and installations through compliance with national, state, and local regulations and industry standards including the National Electrical Code and WAC/RCW
  • Use proper tools and test equipment to construct and maintain power, lighting, signaling, and control systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings
  • Install new and modify existing electrical systems and components utilizing appropriate wiring methods and materials
  • Estimate costs of labor and material for small electrical projects
  • Communicate clearly with team members, supervisors, and others in the workplace, effectively using oral communication as well as drawings, blueprints, and other documents
  • Exhibit professional and personal conduct and appearance appropriate to the workplace

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Bradley Willbrandt


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