Algonquin College

Electrician Construction and Maintenance Apprenticeship

This program provides in-depth instruction in the theories and principles of electricity. Principles of operation for electrical devices and equipment, and correct and safe operation of tools are covered. You will study and learn to interpret and apply the requirements of the National Electric Code for designing electrical layouts, installation methods, and the maintenance, trouble shooting, and repair of electrical circuits and equipment.

Practical (hands-on) application of the classroom theory is the main emphasis of the laboratory work. As an electrical construction and maintenance electrician student, you will assist in the design and installation of the electrical installations of many projects both on and off campus. Approximately one-third of lab time is spent on actual work sites, gaining real-life work experience.

In your senior year, you will create completely automated projects in the lab using PLCs, pneumatics, electronics, and process controls.

Advantages

  • Summer internships are available to selected students through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Village of Wellsville Electric Department, and RADEC Corporation in Rochester, allowing students to gain additional, valuable trade experience.
  • Various IBEW Locals have agreed to award qualified graduates from Alfred State’s electrical construction and maintenance electrician program, advanced placement in their apprenticeship programs. The degree of advanced placement to be awarded will be determined after review by the joint apprenticeship committee and after all conditions of the joint apprenticeship standards have been met.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Read, interpret, and apply technical information from the National Electrical Code.
  • Perform basic and complex mathematical equations as they apply to the electrical trade.
  • Perform layout, design and installation for commercial and industrial wiring systems.
  • Perform entry level layout, design, and installation of residential wiring systems.
  • Apply combined knowledge to perform maintenance and troubleshooting procedures within the electrical trade.
  • Students will develop an understanding of efficiency, design, and NEC requirements as pertaining to renewable energy systems.
  • Design, sizing, lay-out, and selection of equipment for the electrical systems within a residential dwelling.

Internship Opportunities

Summer internships are available to selected students through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Village of Wellsville Electric Department, and RADEC Corporation in Rochester, allowing students to gain additional, valuable trade experience.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State electrical construction and maintenance electrician graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program. Graduates who have credit for freshman composition, statistics, literature, history, and speech may complete the BBA program in two additional years; others may complete the BBA program in two-and-one-half years.

Transfer Opportunities

The following local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have signed articulation agreements with the electrical construction and maintenance electrician program at Alfred State.

IBEW Local 86, Rochester IBEW Local 237, Niagara Falls
IBEW Local 241, Ithaca

The above IBEW Locals have agreed to award qualified graduates from Alfred State's electrical construction and maintenance electrician program, advanced placement in their apprenticeship programs. The degree of advanced placement to be awarded will be determined after review by the joint apprenticeship committee and after all conditions of the joint apprenticeship standards have been met.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Designer
  • Installer
  • Construction site electrician
  • Electrical estimator
  • Electrical inspector
  • PLC programmer
  • Salesperson
  • Electrical trade union or non-union apprentice
  • Electric motor control technician
  • Private contractor (residential, commercial)
  • Industrial maintenance electrician
  • Technical field representative
  • Wholesale representative
  • Electrical technician
  • Wind turbine technician/installer
  • Photovoltaic Technician/Installer
Source: catalog.alfredstate.edu
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