Electrical Technology

Electricians are needed to install and maintain electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories. They work indoors and outdoors, in nearly every type of facility. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. Although the work is not as dangerous as other construction occupations, potential injuries include electrical shocks and burns, cuts, and falls.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, and many start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed. The median annual wage for electricians was $49,840 in May 2012.

Employment of electricians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring,  electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. Electricians with the widest variety of skills should have the best job opportunities.

Grayson College's Electrician Technology program is located on the south campus in Van Alstyne and offers three levels of certificates leading to an AAS degree.

Course Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and the Certificate require that you have a High School Diploma or equivalent. The Associate of Applied Science Degree requires that you have satisfied TSI requirements.

Capstone Experience

Graduation with a Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Technology requires successful completion of a Comprehensive Exam.

Associate of Science - 


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

ELPT 1221 2
ELPT 1215 2
ELPT 1311 3
ELTN 1391 3
CNBT 1300 3

13


Second Semester

ELPT 2305 3
ELPT 1325 3
ELPT 1329 3
ELPT 2164 1
ELTN 1343 3

13


Third Semester

ENGL 1301 3
ELPT 1341 3
ELPT 2343 3
ELPT 1357 3
IEIR 1312 3
ELPT 2319 3

18


Fourth Semester

ITSC 1309 3
MATH 1332 3
ELPT 2165 1
Social & Behavioral Science Core 3
Lang, Phil, Culture/Creative Arts Core 3
ENGL 2311 3

16

Certificate – Basic Electrical Technology ETP-1


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

ELPT 1221 2
ELPT 1215 2
ELPT 1311 3
ELTN 1391 3
CNBT 1300 3

13


Second Semester

ELPT 2305 3
ELPT 1325 3
ELPT 1329 3

9


Certificate – Maintenance Electrician ETP-2


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

CNBT 1300 2
ELPT 1215 3
ELPT 1311 3

8


Second Semester

ELPT 2305 3
ELPT 1325 3
ELPT 1341 3

9


Third Semester

ELPT 1357 3
ELPT 2319 3
ELPT 2350 3

9

Certificate – Advanced Electrical Technology ETP-3


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

ELPT 1221 2
ELPT 1215 3
ELPT 1311 3
ELTN 1391 3
CNBT 1300 3

13


Second Semester

ELPT 2305 3
ELPT 1325 3
ELPT1329 3
ELPT 2164 1
ELTN 1343 3

13


Third Semester

ELPT 2343 3
ELPT 1341 3
IEIR 1312 3
ELPT 1357 3
ELPT 2319 3
ELPT 2165 1

16

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Grayson College must complete fifteen semester hours of a general education core. The core courses are distributed as follows:                                                                                                     

Mathematics/Life and Physical Sciences (3 hours)

MATH 1314 College Algebra                                                         

MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I

MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods            

MATH 2312 Pre-Calculus Math

BIOL 1306/1106 Biology for Science Majors I

BIOL 1307/1107 Biology for Science Majors II

BIOL 1308/1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors I

BIOL 1309/1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II

BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology I

BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized, single-semester course, lecture + lab)

BIOL 2320/2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

BIOL 2321/2121 Microbiology for Science Majors

CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture + lab, allied health emphasis)

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II

GEOL 1301/1101 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I

GEOL 1303/1103 Physical Geology

GEOL 1304/1104 Historical Geology

GEOL 1305/1105 Environmental Science

Social and Behavioral Science (3 hours)

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2302 Principles of Macroeconomics

GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

GOVT 2306 Texas Government

HIST 1301 United States History I

HIST 1302 United States History II

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

PSYC 2314 Lifespan, Growth & Development

SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1306 Social Problems

Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts (3 hours)

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

DRAM 1310 Stagecraft I

HUMA 1301 Introduction to the Humanities

HUMA 1302 Introduction to the Humanities II

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy

Component Area Option (6 hours) 

EDUC OR PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks           

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication

ENGL 1301 Composition I

ENGL 1302 Composition II

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish II

**Any of the courses listed above in the previous Component Areas may be used for the hours toward the Component Area Option.

Introductory blueprint reading for residential and light commercial construction. Scale prints with architectural and engineering scales; identify construction blueprint symbols and abbreviations; interpret a set of construction contract documents; and correlate elevations, sections, details, plan views, schedules, and general notes.

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This is an introduction to mathematical applications utilized to solve problems in the electrical field. Topics include fractions, decimals, percentages, simple equations, ratio and proportion, unit conversions, and applied geometry. Electrical calculations to solve DC and AC electrical circuits are included

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This course covers safety rules and regulations. Includes the selection, inspection, use and maintenance of common tools for electricians.

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This course covers the basic theory and practice of electrical circuits. It includes calculations as applied to alternating and direct current, and covers electrical terminology, circuit analysis and mathematical formulas as applied to direct and alternating current circuits.

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This is an introductory study of the National Electric Code (NEC) for those employed in the field requiring knowledge of the Code. Emphasis will be on wiring design, protection, methods, and materials; and equipment for general use, and basic calculations.

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Wiring methods for single family and multi-family dwellings. Includes load calculations, service entrance sizing, proper grounding techniques, and associated safety procedures.

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Operating principles of solid-state and conventional controls along with their practical applications. Includes braking, jogging, plugging, safety interlocks, wiring, and schematic diagram interpretations. Identify practical applications of jogging and plugging; describe the types of motor braking and their operating principles; explain different starting methods for large motors; and demonstrate proper troubleshooting methods on circuits using wiring and schematic diagrams

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This course covers wiring methods used for industrial installations. It includes motor circuits, raceway and bus way installations, proper grounding techniques, and associated safety procedures.

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Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student

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Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.

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This course focuses on the operation of single- and three-phase motors and transformers. It includes transformer banking, power factor correction, and protective devices. Also included are lessons on three-phase power concepts, transformer and motor connections, transformer and motor metering, and transformer and motor troubleshooting theory

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Fundamental concepts of programmable logic controllers, principles of operation, and numbering systems as applied to electrical controls.

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This is a course in electrical design of commercial and/or industrial projects, including building layout, types of equipment, placement, sizing of electrical equipment, and all electrical calculations according to the requirements of the National Electrical Code (NEC).

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This course provides practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, College, and student. The plan relates the workplace training and experiences to the students general and technical course of study. The guided external experiences may be paid or unpaid. The course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary.

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Maintenance, operation, troubleshooting, and repair of circuits of various residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems.

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General requirements and fundamentals of electrical maintenance with emphasis on wiring methods and electrical theory. Determine clearance of electrical installations; analyze overcurrent protection and determine the proper overcurrent protection required for electrical installations; perform voltage drop calculations; determine motor loads; and troubleshoot, replace, and explain installation procedures of lighting fixtures including fluorescent lamps and ballasts.

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Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and-or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. The course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.

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Fundamentals of distribution systems including single phase and three phase systems, grounding, ground fault protection, and the National Electrical Safety Code. Identify the components of a single phase and three phase system; describe grounding methods and procedures; and demonstrate knowledge of electrical codes.

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Last updated: 06/19/2017