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Associate Degree

Program Overview

Electrical Technology

Learn the manual skills to wire and install Electrical Systems, plus the practical knowledge to support, explain, and troubleshoot a wide variety of electrical projects. Topics include computer-generated circuit calculations, safety protocols, and OSHA safety standards. Graduates pursue careers as construction electricians, photovoltaic installation technicians, controls engineers, and more.


Career Possibilities

  • Electrical Contractor
  • Electrical Apprentice
  • Electrician
  • Master Electrician
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Field Service Technician

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High school grad year or G.E.D.

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Associate in Science Degree

The Electrical Technology degree program trains students for entry-level careers in the electrical industry. Some of the diverse careers open to graduates are construction electricians, maintenance electricians, power system technicians, electrical relay technicians, electrical research technicians, electrical distribution sales, electro-mechanical technicians, electrical technical support, and as an entry level controls engineer.

The curriculum integrates electrical theory and practical application to give students not only the manual skills to wire and install electrical systems and apparatus, but also the mathematical and practical knowledge to support, explain and troubleshoot a wide variety of electrical projects. Computer programs are integrated into the coursework to allow for practice of circuit calculations, to create working models that simulate real circuit conditions and to support classroom lectures and demonstrations. Of equal importance is the thorough study of the safety rules, protocols, and procedures laid out in the National, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Electrical Codes as well as the OSHA standards for the construction and general industries.  Laboratory projects, ranging from elementary breadboard experiments to advanced PLC ladder logic control circuits, provide hands-on experience to develop wiring techniques and to simulate actual job conditions in residential, commercial and industrial environments.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science Degree in Electrical Technology, the graduate is qualified to seek employment in entry-level careers in the electrical industry and are qualified to work as an apprentice electrician or technician. Associate degree graduates can also continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program.

Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission:
The mission of the Electrical Technology Program (ELY) is to provide a specialized associate degree program to prepare students for entry-level technical careers in diverse electrical, electro-mechanical, technical support, and electrical controls fields. ELY students will develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and appropriate use of construction tools through practical experience in the wiring and troubleshooting of a wide variety of electrical projects. Students will study and learn a background of electrical science, mastery of fundamental mathematical principles, and the knowledge of safety rules and procedures laid out in the National Electrical Code, enabling them to perform the duties of an apprentice electrician or entry-level technician. Graduates will attain a basic foundation of knowledge and skills that an employer can build upon with continuing education.

Program Goals:

1. The ELY program will provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills and attitude necessary to function as an entry-level electrical technician or electrical apprentice.

2. ELY students who are entering a State-run electrical apprenticeship program:

• Will acquire the necessary skills for transfer into a State program and

• May meet, contingent on applicable law and regulation, some of the requirements (which vary from state to state) necessary to qualify for state electrical journey electrician licensing exams. Continuing education is a component of most electrical apprentice programs.

3. The ELY program will instill in the student a sense of commitment to the electrical industry’s core values and ethics.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Identify, define, and analyze fundamental principles of electrical circuitry and processes.
  2. Identify, define, and analyze electrical industry materials, tools and equipment
  3. Research, interpret, and apply electrical industry standards for installation criteria and safety considerations.
  4. Function independently and/or interdependently as a team member to accomplish the following: install, maintain and troubleshoot residential, commercial, and industrial projects.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications using correct technical terminology with supervisors, co-workers, clients, and suppliers.
  6. Perform tasks and duties in a “safe and workmanlike manner” with regards to legal obligations applicable to the electrical industry.
  7. Demonstrate attitudes, values, and behaviors congruent with electrical industry standards and ethics.
  8. Identify, define, and analyze fundamental principles of renewable energy systems, such as photovoltaic and wind generating systems.
  9. Apply renewable energy system concepts to prepare for the NABCEP entry-level certification exam.

Associate in Science Degree

  • ELY 112 Electrical Foundations I & Lab
  • ELY 116 Introduction to Residential Wiring/NEC I
  • ELY 117 Basic Wiring Techniques
  • ELY 122 Electrical Foundations II & Lab
  • ELY 126 Residential Wiring/NEC II
  • ELY 127 Residential Wiring Lab II
  • ELY 132 Transformers & Lab
  • ELY 134 OSHA Construction Safety & Health
  • ELY 138 Advanced Wiring/NEC III
  • ELY 139 Advanced Wiring III Lab
  • ELY 212 Motor Theory
  • ELY 213 Motor Controls Lab
  • ELY 217 AutoCAD Electrical
  • ELY 222 Industrial Controls
  • ELY 223 Industrial Controls Lab
  • ELY 227 Introduction to PLCs & Lab
  • ELY 231 Electronic Motor Drive Systems
  • ELY 233 Advanced Industrial Controls Lab
  • ELY 237 Advanced PLCs & Lab