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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.

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
BLD 110 Introduction to Construction 3 0 3
ELE 110 Home Electric Power 2 2 3
ELE 115 Basic Electricity 3 0 3
ITE 102 Computers and Information Systems 2 0 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 11 2 12
Second Semester
BLD 105 Shop Practices and Procedures 2 3 3
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 200 Sustainable Construction 3 0 3
BLD 215 OSHA 30 Construction Safety 2 0 2
ELE 127 Residential Wiring Methods 2 3 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 11 8 14
Summer Semester
BLD 190 or BLD 198 Coordinated Internship/Seminar and Project 0 9 3
ELE 99  Supervised Study in Electricity 2 3 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 2 12 6
Third Semester
BLD 101 Construction Management I 3 0 3
ELE 173 Commercial Wiring Methods 2 2 3
ELE 195 Topics in Electrical Trades 2 3 3
ENE 120 Solar Power-Photovoltaic and Thermal 3 3 4
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 8 16
Fourth Semester
BLD 290 or BLD 298 Coordinated Internship/Seminar and Project 0 9 3
ELE 135 National Electrical Code - Residential 2 2 3
ELE 151 Electrical Troubleshooing 2 3 3
ENG 1001 Basic Occupational Communication 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 7 14 12
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 60
Notes: 

1ENG 137 may be substituted for ENG 100.

Students may only earn ONE Construction Technology Diploma.  Completion of additional coursework in multiple Construction Technology tracks MAY lead to the awarding of Career Studies Certificates in the other tracks if appropriate. Consult with your faculty advisor if you wish to earn multiple awards.

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