Electrical Trades Program (Seniors Only)
Students will learn how to design, stage, and install commercial and residential electrical wiring for power and telecommunications systems. Skills taught include blueprint interpretation, layout, design, and programming equipment and an emphasis on logical thinking.
Prerequisites at the Time of Senior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English, 1 must be Algebra), completion of Construction Innovations or previous construction-related coursework, on track to graduate
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 Electives Senior Year
- American Trade School - 12 quarter hours
- Ranken Technical College and State Technical College - college credit opportunities exist through credit for prior learning or credit by assessment
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Construction Industry Certification
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 25% or les 76% or more
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Hand tools (wire strippers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.)
- Tape measures
- Power tools
- Heavy-duty construction equipment
- Hand operated conduit bender
- Voltage meters
- National Electric Code, Electrical Wiring-Residential, IEC Student Handbook & Workbook, UGLY's Electrical Reference
- PACT Curriculum - a postsecondary text
- Leather work boots that cover the ankle
- Denim work pants or jeans, cotton shirt
- Safety glasses and hardhats must be worn at all times in the lab space
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Have knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and their applications Critical thinking - interpret information from blueprint(s), code book(s), instruction manual(s), diagnostic equipment to determine a course of action; Understand and use basic math
Demonstrate familiarity with tools
Able to work in a standing position for a minimum of 2 hours and work on elevated surfaces
Able to crouch, kneel, twist, turn repeatedly for a minimum of (2) hours
Able to lift and carry a minimum of 40 pounds
Able to grasp, push, pull, tools and objects with both hands
Able to tell the difference between black, blue, red, white, green, copper colors
Tolerate a construction environment which includes high places, small spaces, extreme temperatures, dirty spaces, loud noises, and a variety of construction-related smells
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.
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Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Mr. George Merritt worked at General Electric as an Electrician for over 18 years. He graduated Ranken College and earned a degree in Instrumentation process and Industrial Electricity.