Electrical Technology

About the Program

The Electrical Technology Program at Pearl River Community College is designed to lead to an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate of Proficiency. The two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program includes fifteen semester hours of academic coursework in addition to the program major core courses requirement. The Certificate of Proficiency program of study is one-year in length and consists of the program major core courses.

The program prepares individuals to in-stall, operate, maintain, and repair electrically energized systems such as residential, commercial, and industrial electrical wiring, DC motors, AC motors, controls, and electrical distribution panels. Instruction includes in-depth training in many aspects of the electrical field.

Applicants for the Electrical Technology Program must have a high school diploma or a GED.

Career Opportunities in the Field

The employment outlook for skilled elec-trical technicians is excellent. Job opportunities for electricians are expected to continue to be very good because of the continuous growth of the electrical industry and technological advancements. Electricians are needed to install and maintain electrical devices and wiring in homes, factories, offices, and other structures.

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Residential/Light Commercial Wiring. (4) Pre/Corequisite: ELT 1192 This course provides advanced skills related to the wiring of multi-family and small commercial buildings. This course includes instruction and practice in service entrance installation, specialized circuits and the use of commercial raceways. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT1114
Commercial and Industrial Wiring. (4) Prerequisite: ELT 1192 A course to provide instruction and practice in the installation of commercial electrical service including the types of uses of conduit and other raceways, NEC code requirements and three-phase distribution networks. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT1124
Introduction to the National Electric Code. (3) This is a course in the layout, format, rules, and regulations set forth in the National Electric Code. Emphasis is place on developing the student?s ability to find information in the National Electric Code and apply that information in real world applications. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT1133
AC and DC Circuits for Electrical Technology. (4) Pre/Corequisite: ELT 1192 Principles and theories associated with AC and DC circuits used in the electrical trades. Includes the study of electrical circuits, laws and formulas, and the use of test equipment to analyze AC and DC circuits. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT1144
Fundamentals of Electricity. (2) This is a basic course designed to provide fundamental skills associated with all electrical courses. It includes safety, basic tools, special tools, equipment and introduction to simple AC and DC circuits. One lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT1192
Electrical Power. (3) A course to provide skills related to electrical motors and their installation. Includes instruction and practice in using the different types of motors, transformers and alternators. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT1213
Motor Maintenance and Troubleshooting. (3) Prerequisite: ELT 1192 or equivalent A course to familiarize the student with the principles and practice of electrical motor repair. Includes instruction and practice in the disassembly/assembly and preventive maintenance of common electrical motors. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT1223
Branch Circuit and Service Entrance Calculations. (3) Pre/Corequisite: ELT 1192 or equivalent This is a course in calculating circuit sizes for all branch circuits and service entrances in residential installation. Three lecture hours.ELT1253
Blueprint Reading/Planning the Residential Installation. (3) This course provides knowledge of architectural symbols and electric symbols needed to read blueprints. All elevations and various plans associated with electrical wiring will be studied. Blank blueprints will be provided and a list of all appliances and their amperage will be supplied. The blanks will be filled with receptacles, switches and lighting outlets as required by NEC. Circuit layouts for all switching will be demonstrated. All branch circuits will be plotted on the blueprint. TwELT1263
Switching Circuits for Residential, Commercial and Industrial Application. (4) Pre/Corequisite: ELT 1192 or equivalent This course is designed to introduce the student to the various methods by which single pole, 3-way and 4-way switches are used in residential, commercial and industrial installations. This course also includes the installation and operation of low voltage, remote control switching. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT1274
Motor Control Systems. (4) Prerequisite: ELT 1192 or equivalent A course in the installation of different motor control circuits and devices. Emphasis is placed on developing student?s ability to diagram, wire and troubleshoot the different circuits and mechanical control devices. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT1413
Solid State Motor Control. (4) Prerequisite: ELT 1413 This course deals with the principles and operation of solid state motor control. This course includes instruction and practice in the design, installation and maintenance of different solid state devices for motor control. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT2424
Programmable Logic Controllers. (3) Prerequisite: ELT 1413 A course to provide instruction and practice in the use of programmable logic controllers (PLC?s) in modern industrial settings. Includes instruction in the operating principles of PLC?s and practice in the programming, installation and maintenance of PLC?s. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT2613
Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers. (3) Prerequisite: ELT 2613 A continuation of Programmable Logic Controllers. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.ELT2623
Special Project in Electrical Technology. (1-4) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor This course is designed to provide the student with practical application of skills and knowledge gained in other electronics or electronics-related technical courses. The instructor works closely with the student to ensure that the selection of a project will enhance the student?s learning experience. Two to eight lab hours per week.ELT291(1-4)
Supervised Work Experience in Electrical Technology. (1-6) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and completion of at least one semester of advanced course work in electrical/electronics related programs. This course is a cooperative program between industry and education and is designed to integrate the student?s technical studies with industrial experience. Variable credit is awarded on the basis of semester hour per 45 industrial contact hours. Three to eighteen hours internship per week.ELT292(1-6)