Electrical Occupations

  • Instructor Michael DeCarlo | East Campus | CIP Code 46.0399 Instructor Theodore Semanchick | West Campus

    The Electrical Occupations program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in the electrical occupations industry. Through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and live work experiences students are well prepared for employment or have a strong foundation to pursue further education.

    This comprehensive program provides students with the skills to become both construction and maintenance electricians. Construction electricians lay out, assemble, install, and test electrical fixtures and wiring used in electrical systems on construction sites. Maintenance electricians maintain and keep many different types of electrical equipment in good working order principally by detecting and repairing defective equipment before a breakdown occurs.

    The curriculum covers many areas, including: residential wiring and service, wiring alterations, installation of electrical environmental circuits, commercial and industrial wiring, electrical maintenance, planning and site work on commercial/industrial jobs and services, power distribution transformers, single-phase transformers and AC machines, electrical motors and controls, three- phase transformers and AC machines, PLCs, electrical aspects of HVAC and related facilities, and emergency power systems. Instruction is also provided in the installation of electrical distribution systems both overhead and underground.

    Students at the East Campus will have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge by helping with the construction of a custom built home under the direction of their instructors.

    NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research

    The Electrical Occupations program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit www.nccer.org for further information.

    PBA – Pennsylvania Builder’s Association

    The program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification. Visit www.pabuilders.org for more information.

    Career Pathways:

    Commercial & Industrial Equipment Repairer
    Sales Engineer – Electrical Products


    Electrical Engineer
    Electrical Contractor
    Maintenance Supervisor
    Superintendent (Construction)
    Electrician Technician - Plant
    Electrical Contractor- Residential

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Electrical Occupations
  • Industry Certifications:

    NCCER Core
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)

    College Advanced Credits:

    Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg - Up to 8 credits
    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 2 credits
    Triangle Tech – Bethlehem - Up to 8 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical Aptitude
    o Ability to distinguish color