February is Career and Technical Education Month (CTE Month)[i], when we celebrate the schools, faculty, and staff training the next generation of the U.S. workforce. Career and technical education focuses on teaching knowledge and skills for jobs in healthcare, manufacturing, and skilled trades.
Altierus Career College is proud to be a
CTE provider. One of the most popular skilled trade programs we offer is our
Electrical Construction Technician diploma program. Demand for electricians is
growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for
electricians will grow 10% over the 2018-2028 period, an addition of 74,100 new
Electrician jobs also offer strong earning potential, with a national median
annual salary of $55,190 in 2018[iii].*
In as little as nine months, we teach
students the knowledge and skills they need to pursue entry-level career
opportunities on residential and commercial construction sites. In this
article, we offer an overview of what you can learn in this electrician diploma
Construction Site Procedures
First, we teach our student electricians the
basics of working on a construction site. Students learn about safety on the
site, plus regulations around issues such labor practices and material
handling. We also introduce students to reading and interpreting construction
blueprints, common hand and power tools on construction sites, and the
fundamentals of professional communication.
Students will also gain a working knowledge
of the National Electrical Code and refer to its requirements as they progress
through different projects over the course of the program.
This electrician training program also
covers the fundamental scientific principles behind electricity and electrical
systems. Students gain an understanding of concepts including electrons,
electrical charges and polarity. They also learn how to measure and test
electrical energy within a system, including the mathematics needed to make
calculations when analyzing electrical circuits.
The electrical theory course content also
covers the difference between AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current)
systems, as well as transformers, semiconductors, and other basic electrical
Understanding Electrical Circuits and Circuit Components
Students also learn the fundamentals of
circuit design for commercial and residential power systems. This includes key
components of circuits, such as raceways (the enclosed conduits that contain
and protect a circuit’s electrical cables and wiring) and transformers (devices
that pass electrical energy from one circuit to another). Students learn about
potential faults in circuits that could cause current overload leading to fire
or injury, and how to safeguard circuits against the most common faults.
Electrician Craft Skills
Throughout the program, our students learn
hands-on skills for installing and maintaining electrical systems. That means practicing
the fundamentals of effectively and safely handling materials. Our students
learn procedures for installing many components, including:
- Electrical conduit
- Device boxes
- Circuit breaker panels
- Lighting fixtures
- Low-voltage system components,
for CCTV, intercoms, security systems, and more
Students will also learn to bend conduit,
set up cable-pulling equipment, ground and bond electrical equipment, and develop
switches for controlling electric motors.
Safety, Safety, Safety
Electrical power makes modern life possible,
but the energy involved can also cause damage to people and property if
mishandled. That’s why we emphasize safe practices and procedures throughout our
electrical construction technician diploma program. We want to graduate
students who are prepared to be professionals on the job site—and that means
putting safety first.
Interested in training for a career as an
electrician? Our nine-month Electrical Construction Technician Diploma program can
help you prepare, and CTE Month is the perfect time to take the first step.
Visit Altierus Career College to learn more today!
References: Altierus Career College Houston Bissonett 2020 Catalog, pp. 53-55.
*The lowest 10% of earners earned less than
$32,940 in 2018. Salary prospects are not guaranteed. Figures quoted are for
the national market; local job markets vary.