Electrician – Certificate

Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in residential construction and commercial buildings. They also work in manufacturing settings often servicing highly automated industrial processes. Increasingly electricians will be required to wire computer networks and telecommunications. This program will prepare students to work in each of these applications of electricity.

Minimum credits: 30
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses: 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits: 8


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ELT 120 Circuit Analysis I 4 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

Students examine the fundamental concepts of DC circuits including electricity and magnetism, resistance, capacitance, inductance, series and parallel circuits, power and basic electrical measurements.

ELT 126 Circuit Analysis II 4 ELT 120

A study of alternating electrical current is presented. Topics include AC measurements, resistance, inductance and capacitance in AC circuits.

ELT 150 Residential Wiring 2

Topics covered in this course include blueprint reading, NEC code, branch circuit design, service entrance and switch control. Students are required to practice wiring and design skills with hands-on experiences.

ELT 151 Commercial Wiring 2 ELT 105 or 150

Topics covered in this course include wiring plans of commercial buildings, three phase 208/120 volt services, lighting fixtures, service entrances and metering facilities. The students will be given opportunities to practice skills in the wiring laboratory.

ELT 152 Industrial Wiring 2 ELT 150

Topics covered in this course include, substation and high voltage metering, feed duct, panel boards, motors and controllers, signal systems, ventilation and others. Students will be given opportunities to practice skills in the electrical wiring laboratory.

ELT 215 Electrical Troubleshooting 2 ELT 126 and ELT 152

This course explores troubleshooting in various areas such as: control circuits, combination starters, control devices, special controls, DC motors, AC motors, lighting systems with use of schematics, building drawings, and with emphasis on cutting trouble-shooting time.

ELT 220 Industrial Motion Control 3 ELT 105 or ELT 126

This course covers motion controls as used in real world situations, including PLC, robotics, servos, sensing devices, actuators and controls.

ELT 250 Electric Motors & Controls 4 ELT 126

Basic principles involved in the operation of motors and controls. Study includes single-phase motors and their operating principles, polyphase systems and the various control devices used with these systems.

ELT 260 Basic Programmable Controllers 4 ELT 126

Basic programmable controllers is a course for apprentices and skilled trades trainees looking at the history, characteristics, application and limitation of PCs. Numeration systems, binary-coded decimals, ASCII, gray code and Boolean logic studied. Additional study includes input/output devices, processing and programming functions, program development, documentation, start-up and troubleshooting.

ELT 274 Electrician’s National Code 3 ELT 150

This course is an extensive study of the national and local electric codes for wiring and apparatuses. It covers wiring design and protection, wiring methods and materials, equipment for general use including motors and controllers, special occupancies such as hazardous location; special equipment such as electric welding and machine tool wiring, and the use of tables and diagrams for the solution of practical wiring problems.


The following courses can qualify for state apprenticeship hours. They are not required for the Electrician Certificate.

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ELT 130 Electronics I 4 ELT 126

Study of electronic devices including diodes, bipolar and field effect transistors, integrated circuits, and other semiconductor devices; their parameters, nomenclature, characteristics, and application to practical circuitry.

ELT 140 Introduction to Digital Electronics 4 ENG 085 and MAT 020* or higher

This course is the beginning course in digital electronics. Topics include number systems, Boolean algebra, and basic logic gates and circuits.

ELT 261 Advanced PLC Programming 2 ELT 260

This course introduces topics that include advanced PLC programming, troubleshooting and data communications.