Hands-on training, in conjunction with textbook instruction, gives students a broad understanding of the electrical trades. The first-year program concentrates on basic electricity, electrical theory and power generation, with a primary focus on residential wiring and trouble-shooting. Actual hands-on circuits are completed in classroom wiring booths as well as in a full-scale modular home.
In the second year, the program concentrates on commercial wiring practices including running and bending conduit, motor theory and operation, motor control wiring, and maintaining electrical systems within MTC. Typical projects for second-year students include lighting maintenance, replacement and upgrading equipment, general repair and trouble-shooting, and installation of outlets, machinery, and lighting systems, as well as remodeling work. Eligible second-year students may participate in "on-the-job training" in an electricity related job, beginning with the second semester of the second year.
In addition to learning about both AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current), students will also learn about residential and commercial installations while using the National Electric Code.
Successful completion of the electrical program will offer the student several areas of the electrical field to pursue, including residential wiring and commercial and industrial wiring, along with industrial electrical maintenance and troubleshooting.
First-year students should expect 60 percent classroom work and 40 percent shop work. Second-year students should expect 50 percent classroom work and 50 percent shop work.