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Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Construction Technology Diploma, Electrical Track
Length: 
Five semesters
Purpose: 

A shortage of qualified electricians, residential wire installers, and workers in the electrical trades has created the need for trained personnel in the construction industry. The Construction Technology Electrical Diploma track is designed for those seeking entry level employment in the Electrical Trades and is a pathway to Virginia Tradesman Licensure. Successful completion of the two year Construction Technology Electrical Diploma meets eligibility requirements for those seeking Virginia Tradesman Licensure. In addition, a minimum of two years of documented work experience in the trade is required for licensure The Electrical Diploma (including the integrated Electrical Trades Career Studies Certificate) provides training based on the current Virginia adoption of the National Electric Code (NEC).  In addition, the track provides training and a pathway that can lead to a number of construction related credentials including Contractor Licensure, OSHA 10-30 Construction Industry Safety Training, and NABCEP Entry Level PV Installer Testing.

Occupational Objectives: 
  • Journeyman Electrician Tradesman
  • Entry Level Electrical Trades Worker
  • Entry Level Residential Wiring Installer

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Construction Technology Diploma Program requires competency in English ENF 1 and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required ENF or MTE units or equivalent.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 110 Introduction to Construction 3 0 3
ELE 110*
*

Integrated 24 credits Electrical Trades Career Studies Certificate

Home Electric Power 2 2 3
ELE 115* Basic Electricity 3 0 3
BLD 215 OSHA 30 Construction Safety 2 0 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 11 2 12
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 105 Shop Practices and Procedures 2 3 2
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and the Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 200 Sustainable Construction 3 0 3
ELE 127* Residential Wiring Methods 2 3 3
ENG 100 Basic Occupational Communication 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 8 14
Summer Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 190* Coordinated Internship
or 0 9 3
BLD 198* Seminar and Project
ELE 99*
*

Integrated 24 credits Solar Installer Career Studies Certificate

Supervised Studies in Electricity 2 3 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 2 12 6
Second Year
Third Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 101 Construction Management I 3 0 3
ELE 173* Commercial Wiring Methods 2 2 3
Elective**
**

Core Electives: AIR 121, AIR 122, BLD 140, BLD 141, BLD 142

Core Elective 3 0 3
ENE 120 Solar Power-Photovoltaic and Thermal Technology 3 3 4
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 14 5 16
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 290 Coordinated Internship
or 0 9 3
BLD 298 Seminar and Project
ELE 135* National Electrical Code - Residential 2 2 3
ELE 151* Electrical Troubleshooting 2 3 3
MTH 104 Applied Technical Mathematics II 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 7 14 12
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