Electrical Maintenance - Specialization Residential Certificate

Program Description

The Electrical Engineering Technology program is designed to provide training for entry-level technicians desiring a career in electrical maintenance and management or in the design, planning, construction, development, and installation of electrical systems, machines, and power generating equipment. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, electrical engineering technology involves the generation and supply of power. This program includes various hands-on laboratory classes that focus on current issues in the application of electrical engineering principles. Electrical Engineering Technology prepares students for practical design and production work.

Beginning with electrical fundamentals, coursework in the 40 SHC program progressively introduces electronics, electrical machines and controls, and electrical power systems. In the curriculum, students learn the basics of DC and AC electrical circuits. Other coursework includes the study of various fields associated with the electrical/electronics industry. Students learn basic algebra and trigonometry concepts, as well as receive a thorough grounding in industrial safety.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency. It is suggested a student have credit for DMA 050 to begin study in ELC 131, the foundation course for Electrical Engineering Technology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency to safely and effectively utilize common tools and test equipment found in the electronics/electrical field.
  • Demonstrate proficiency to safely and
    effectively perform preventive maintenance, troubleshoot and repair a variety of electronic circuits and machines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency to read, interpret, and employ electronic schematics in the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electronic circuits and systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency, knowledge and understanding of the National Electrical
    Code (NEC) to determine proper methods,
    materials and protection for branch circuits, feeders, service equipment and general
    utilization equipment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may seek employment as technicians, engineering assistants, technical managers, or salespersons in:

  • electrical generation/distribution
  • industrial maintenance
  • electronics repair
  • other fields requiring a broad-based knowledge of electrical and electronics concepts.

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs
252-638-7372

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

Certificate Classes

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces the care/usage of tools and materials used in residential electrical installations and the requirements of the National Electrical Code. Topics include NEC, electrical safety, and electrical print reading; planning layout; and installation of electrical distribution equipment; lighting; overcurrent protection; conductors; branch circuits; and conduits. Upon completion, students should be able to properly install conduits, wiring, and electrical distribution equipment associated with residential electrical installations.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the use of the current National Electrical Code. Topics include the NEC history, wiring methods, overcurrent protection, materials, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively use the NEC.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers branch circuit, feeder, and service calculations. Emphasis is placed on sections of the National Electrical Code related to calculations. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate code sections to size, wire, conduit, and overcurrent devices for branch, circuits, feeders, and service.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces DC and AC electricity with an emphasis on circuit analysis, measurements, and operation of test equipment. Topics include DC and AC principles, circuit analysis laws and theorems, components, test equipment operation, circuit simulation, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret circuit schematics; design, construct, verify, and analyze DC/AC circuits; and properly use test equipment.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the principles of industrial safety. Emphasis is placed on industrial safety and OSHA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of a safe working environment and OSHA compliance.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None