This is Electrical Trades

  • Course Description

    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

    College Credit

    • 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
    • CPR

    *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
    • Levels
    • Heavy-duty construction equipment
    • Hand operated conduit bender
    • Ladders 
    • Voltage meters
    • Saws

    Academic Materials

    • National Electric Code, Electrical Wiring-Residential, IEC Student Handbook & Workbook, UGLY's Electrical Reference
    • PACT Curriculum - a postsecondary text

    Uniform Requirements

    • 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.