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Electricity (Residential/Commercial)

OBJECTIVE: Upon completion, the student will receive a diploma if he/she is enrolled as a diploma student. If he/she is enrolled as an apprentice, they will receive a certificate of completion for Apprenticeship-Related Instruction.

Course Outline

Basic Technical Math 
Advanced Technical Math 

Architectural Print Reading and Project Estimating
Electricity I (A.C./D.C. Theory)
Electricity II (Residential)
Electricity III (Commercial)
Industrial Troubleshooting Skills 
Advanced Industrial Troubleshooting Skills
Basic Motor Controls 
National Electric Code 
OSHA 10 & Industrial Health and Safety
Introduction to Computers 
Human Relations Skills
Communication Skills
Supervisory Skills

Course Descriptions

BASIC TECHNICAL MATH (2301)
Basic Technical Math presents the topics of arithmetic with whole numbers, common fractions, decimal fractions, percentage, measurement numbers, metric and English unit conversions, scientific notation, exponential operations and basic algebra - including the use of formulas and equation solving. The course is self-paced utilizing a text/workbook. Students may pretest to determine their skill level, with those meeting the competency level receiving credit for the course.

ADVANCED TECHNICAL MATH (2302)
This course is a continuation of Basic Technical Math with the added topics of practical plane geometry, practical solid geometry, practical triangle trigonometry and equation/quadratic equation solutions. The course is self-paced utilizing a text/workbook. Students may pretest to determine their skill level, with those meeting the competency level receiving credit for the course.
Prerequisite: 2301

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND BLUEPRINT READING (8008)
This course is designed to aid the student in becoming more competent in his/her ability to read and interpret trade blueprints. This is accomplished by classroom discussions of the importance of effective communication, neatness, familiarity with construction techniques and related symbols; drafting equipment and materials; and standard procedures and techniques. Skills will also be developed by hands-on use of these learned components in reading a set of construction plans, including relevant architectural views, mechanical, heating, plumbing and electrical plans and associated descriptive text necessary to generate a set of working house plans.
Prerequisite: 2301

ELECTRICITY I (A.C./D.C. THEORY) (9001)
This course is designed to provide the beginning student with a thorough working knowledge of basic electricity. The course will cover such topics as Ohm's Law, series circuits, parallel circuits, generation of direct current, generation of alternating current, and basic transformer theory. The student will also wire several basic electrical currents.
Prerequisite: 2301

ELECTRICITY II (RESIDENTIAL) (9002)
This course will build on the theory learned in Electricity I. The student will acquire skills in blueprint reading and all residential electrical circuits from the main service to the simplest lighting receptacle circuits. The student will install a complete residential electrical service according to the National Electric Code.
Prerequisites: 2301, 9001

ELECTRICITY III (COMMERCIAL) (9003)
This course includes topics relevant to the design and installation of commercial electrical systems. Topics included, but not limited to, are electrical drawings, branch circuits and feeders and their installations, plus the studies of three-phase electric services, three-phase transformer systems and short-circuit calculations. Also included will be overcurrent protection and coordination of overcurrent protective devices, emergency power systems, motor and appliance circuits and other subjects (AC motors and megger usage). The aforementioned topics will be studied utilizing the latest adopted version of the National Electric Code (NEC) where applicable.
Prerequisites: 2301, 9001

INDUSTRIAL TROUBLESHOOTING (9006)
This course is designed to aid the Industrial Electrician in every day problem solving. An in depth study of print reading for troubleshooting and the how’s of finding the problems in control circuits will be covered. Prerequisites – 2301, 9001, 9003, 9004
 

ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL TROUBLESHOOTING SKILLS (9007)
This course is designed to aid the Industrial Electrician in every day problem solving. An in depth study of print reading for troubleshooting and the how’s of finding the problems in control circuits will be covered. Using computer software students will be exposed to a variety of troubleshooting problems in process control circuits, PLC circuits and process control circuits with PLCs.  Prerequisites – 2301, 9001, 9003, 9004, 9006

BASIC MOTOR CONTROLS (9004)
This course focuses on developing the students understanding of the theory, operation, installation and maintenance of electric motor controllers and control circuits. The most common applications of electric motor starters and controllers are discussed and demonstrated, with practical lab work to give the student hands-on experience of electric motor controls.
Prerequisites: 2301, 9001, 9003

NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE (9009)
This course is designed for the student to gain a basic understanding of the National Electric Code and to become familiar with the terminology and location of specific items.
Prerequisites: 2301, 9001, 9002, 9003

OSHA 10 & INDUSTRIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (2202)
This course will discuss and demonstrate the importance of understanding and applying industrial safety principles and practices in the work environment. This training includes defining and discussing safety concepts, terms and definitions, recognizing best practices in accident prevention, understanding who is responsible for safety in the workplace and why. Students will also learn how to recognize workplace safety hazards and how to deal with them. Other topics such as tool usage, hazard identification, personal protective equipment and OSHA safety will be covered.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS (3035)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of a personal computer. Topics covered include computer hardware and background (1st session), Windows basics (2nd, 3rd and 4th sessions) and a look at the four main areas of software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations - 5th and 6th sessions).

HUMAN RELATION SKILLS (2102)
This course will explore principles of human relations related to personal and occupational goals. Human relation principles to be explored include team skills, creative thinking, communications, goal setting, conflict management and self-image.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS (2106)
In this course, students will focus on communication as a survival skill in the workplace. We will learn how effective communication makes us better employees, employers and co-workers. We will study and practice the skills and oral and written communication. The goal of this course is to make students more perceptive and skillful speakers, listeners, readers and writers.

SUPERVISORY SKILLS (2105)
This course is designed for the prospective supervisor to develop the skills necessary to apply the principles of effective supervision on the job. The course covers the four functions of the management cycle (planning, organizing, directing and controlling), including ways of boosting productivity, communicating more effectively, handling problems, making correct decisions and reducing cost.

Mission

Massanutten Technical Center will provide high school and adult students with the skills, knowledge, and industry-based experiences necessary to attain success in career and community.

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