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.

Gainful Employment

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 45
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.


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 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 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.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HOC 110 Advanced First Aid & American Heart CPR 2

This course provides instruction in adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as advanced first aid. It is designed to prepare an individual to handle medical or accidental emergencies until professional help arrives or until the victim can seek help, and to handle minor injuries that do not require professional assistance. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is qualified to receive CPR and Advanced First Aid certificates through the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).

OR Current Adult CPR and First Aid Certification