Electrical Construction Systems Technology
Nature of Work
Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for our homes, businesses, and factories. They install and maintain the wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows. Electricians generally focus on either construction or maintenance, although many do both. Electricians specializing in construction primarily install wiring systems into factories, businesses, and new homes. Electricians specializing in maintenance repair and upgrade existing electrical systems and electrical equipment. All electricians must follow state and local building codes and the National Electrical Code when performing their work.
Electricians usually start their work by reading blueprints — technical diagrams that show the locations of circuits, outlets, load centers, panel boards, and other equipment. After determining where all the wires and components will go, electricians install and connect the wires to circuit breakers, transformers, outlets, or other components and systems.
Electricians held about 583,500 jobs nationally in 2012. About 61 percent were employed by electrical contractors, and another 9 percent were self-employed. Employment of electricians is projected to increase by 20 percent from 2012 through 2022.
Credentials You Can Earn
The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:
- Nonrefundable application fee ($25)
- Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
- Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
- Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
- Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
- Parking Fee ($20 per term)
- Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term))
- Registration Fee ($50 per term)
- Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
- Technology Fee ($105 per term)
Throughout the Program
- Textbooks (Approximately $1,600 for the associate degree and diploma programs, $920 for the Electrician's Assistant program, and $630 for the Photovoltaic Systems Installation and Repair program)
- Supply Fees (Varies — See course descriptions for exact amount)
These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.
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