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
ELE 173* Commercial Wiring Methods 2 2 3
ELE 199* Supervised Studies in Electricity 2 3 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 14 7 17

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and the Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 190 Coordinated Internship 0 3 3
BLD 200 Sustainable Construction 2 0 2
ELE 127* Residential Wiring Methods 2 3 3
ELE 135* National Electrical Code - Residential 2 2 3
ELE 151*
*

Integrated 24 credits Solar Installer Career Studies Certificate

Electrical Troubleshooting 2 3 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 13 17
Second Year

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 101 Construction Management I 3 0 3
ENE 120 Solar Power-Photovoltaic and Thermal Technology 3 3 4
ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
IND 137 Team Concepts & Problem Solving 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 7 3 14

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
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
MTH 111 Basic Technical Math 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 9 12
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