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