A powerful program. A growing opportunity.
We’re in the middle of a construction boom unheard of in your lifetime in terms of scale and sheer number of jobs for all trades—and that includes electricians. There’s enormous demand in the two largest construction markets in the Pittsburgh region, including residential and commercial wiring.
We’ve evolved the curriculum to better prepare students for the job market in our region. From an increased focus on the National Electric Code (NEC) to more hands-on lab hours, you’ll meet the demands of an entry-level position when you graduate.
In this program, you’ll learn how to install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in every type of commercial and residential setting. You will also know your way around every kind of power generation and distribution equipment, understand everything from reading electrical schematics to installing wiring circuits, and adhere to an array of safety standards.
We’ve increased hands-on lab hours by 40 hours per quarter so that you can practice skills employers demand, including residential and commercial wiring. You’ll also gain a working knowledge of safety, OSHA 30 certification, and NFPA 70E, National Electric Code (NEC), National Fire Protection, and electrical safety standards, including:
- A deep understanding of the NEC, covering principles of safe electrical installations. With thousands of pages of standards and procedures, you’ll navigate the complex NEC regs more efficiently. Includes installing single-phase residential wiring circuits and all basic single and three-phrase commercial wiring circuits to meet the NEC code.
- Gain experience on critical electrical power system components.
- Read construction blueprints.
- Use various electrical tools, plus measuring and test equipment.
- Troubleshoot residential and commercial electrical outlets, and build and troubleshoot basic industrial systems.
You’ll work in professional labs designed to resemble residential, commercial, and industrial spaces by an experienced professional electrician to be as real-world as it gets.
It’s a unique program that integrates practical electronics into the curriculum, covering digital & analog circuits in addition to wiring. You will also be introduced to the important tasks of project management and estimating.
The Certificate, Electrician Technology program consists of five quarters. For course descriptions, visit our catalog.
- Math for Electricians
- Electricity 1
- Residential Wiring
- Introduction to the National Electrical Code
- Steps to Career Success 1
- National Electrical Code Applications
- Electricity 2
- Commercial Wiring
- Motor Controls
- Residential Wiring Applications
- Blueprint Reading
- Commercial Wiring Applications
- Computers & Networking
- Career Development
- Programmable Controllers
- Troubleshooting Electrical Systems
- Project Management & Estimating
- Transformers and Distribution Systems
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