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Degrees & Classes

Electrician

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Choose this program to prepare for an exciting career as an electrician. Students become registered "electrician trainees" with the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries and are awarded work experience hours upon completion. Occupational choices are extensive in the field; many graduates work in the construction industry, while others work in manufacturing or maintenance.

In BTC’s Electrician program, you’ll learn how to install, maintain, and repair residential, commercial, industrial and renewable electrical systems. You will also learn how to read blueprints and schematics, bend and install conduits, program VFDs and PLCs, and troubleshoot circuits.

Employment Information

89% BTC graduate placement rate

$48,152 starting annual wage

$64,397 average annual wage

$84,718 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of electricians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for skilled electricians are expected to be very good as the growth in demand outpaces the supply of workers trained in this industry. There is expected to be a shortage of skilled workers during the next decade because of the anticipated smaller pool of young workers entering training programs.

About 89% of BTC Electrician students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $64,397, with an earning potential of about $84,718 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as electricians. In the United States, more than half of all electricians are employed in the construction industry. Others work as maintenance electricians in virtually every industry including electrical equipment distributors, communications companies, electrical utility companies and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical contractor, electrical equipment technician, maintenance electrician, television cable technician, utility company technician, telephone technician and electrical equipment salesperson. Nationally, one out of every ten electricians is self-employed.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • ELCN 100Trade & Safety2 credits

    A dynamic introduction to the Electrical industry trade regulations & requirements, the job market, descriptions of various types of work areas, essential safety issues and safety requirements.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    9/19-9/26DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 9:50a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 101DC Circuits4 credits

    Will prepare the student with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes DC electrical theory, structure of matter, electron theory and Ohm’s law using interactive software, dynamic lecture and discussion. Students will apply basic algebra skills during this course.

    Prerequisite:
    AMATH 100 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    10/6-11/17DAILY 8:20a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
  • ELCN 103Electrical Drawings & Blueprints2 credits

    Introduction to and discussion of various types of electrical drawings including wiring, schematic, line, and construction diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    9/27-10/5DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 9:50a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 125Electrical Applied Mechanics4 credits

    Studies introduce material strengths relating to forces such as tension, sheer and torque. Students develop knowledge and skills through application of pulley ratios and levers. Instruction also covers properties of materials such as solids, liquids and gasses. Utilizing dynamic lecture and discussion, and hands-on practice, students develop knowledge and skills for careers in industry. Text and basic tools required.


    Future Offerings
    11/20-12/8DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 9:50a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 131DC Circuit Lab4 credits

    Emphasizing DC Electrical theory and Ohm’s law, series and parallel circuits are analyzed with hands-on experiments and commonly used test equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 100, ELCN 101, ELCN 103 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    10/6-11/17DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 6
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AWaitlisted: 3
    9/20-12/8Online PENG AWaitlisted: 1
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 20
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 20
    1/3-3/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    4/4-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 20
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 20
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 17
    9/20-12/6MW12:30p-1:50pSMITH MOpenings: 15
    9/19-12/8Online MUDD SOpenings: 2
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/3-3/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/21MW12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 1
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aZAMORA AWaitlisted: 1
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 1
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MWaitlisted: 0
    9/19-12/8Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 11
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 8
    1/4-3/22TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
  • ELCN 102AC Circuits3 credits

    Prepares the electrician to diagnose and repair AC electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes AC electrical theory, phase relationships with inductance, capacitance and resistance.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 and AMATH 100

    Future Offerings
    2/16-3/23DAILY 8:00a-9:10aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 112Introduction to National Electrical Code4 credits

    Wire, conduit, and box size requirements of the National Electrical Code. Beginning branch circuit calculations.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/15DAILY 8:00a-9:10aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 132AC Circuit Lab3 credits

    AC electrical theory is examined and verified with hands-on experiments utilizing standard test equipment

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 131 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    2/26-3/23DAILY 9:20a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 142Residential Wiring Projects6 credits

    Project based lab. Student crews complete electrical construction projects including a model house wiring installation.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101, ELCN 103, ELCN 125 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/23DAILY 9:20a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • Quarter 3
  • ELCN 104Grounding & Bonding2 credits

    Standards, theory and application of grounding and bonding applied to electrical systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    10/23-11/8DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWELLS WOpenings: 3
    4/7-5/22DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 105Transformers, Motors & Generators4 credits

    Theory and operation of rotating electrical machines and transformers.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102

    Future Offerings
    9/19-10/20DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWELLS WOpenings: 3
    4/3-5/4DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 113Advanced NEC Calculations3 credits

    National Electrical Code required calculations for occupancy loads, transformer and motor circuits, services, feeders and equipment rooms.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    11/9-12/8DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWELLS WOpenings: 3
    5/23-6/20DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 143Electrical Distribution3 credits

    Electrical lab installation of services, panelboards, switches, and feeders.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104, ELCN 105, ELCN 113 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    9/19-10/17DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWELLS WOpenings: 3
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
    4/3-5/1DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 151Commercial Wiring Methods & Materials5 credits

    Installation of basic commercial electrical components and systems to meet recognized industry standards utilizing appropriate tools, wiring methods and materials.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 103 & ELCN 142

    Future Offerings
    10/18-12/8DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWELLS WOpenings: 3
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/5T 5:30p-7:40pNELSON NOpenings: 16
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JWaitlisted: 0
    9/19-12/8Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 0
    9/19-12/8Online NELSON NOpenings: 15
    1/4-3/22TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22Th 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/3-3/21MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/19T10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • ELCN 201Electronics for Electricians2 credits

    Diagnose and repair of industrial control devices emphasizing electronic theory and industrial solid state devices.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 & ELCN 103

    Future Offerings
    2/9-2/23MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 202Machine Control Fundamentals5 credits

    Preparing for fabrication, diagnose and repair of industrial control devices emphasizing motor control theory, system wiring and diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104 & ELCN 105

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/7MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W12:00p-1:00p
     W10:00a-11:00a
  • ELCN 251Commercial & Renewable Energy Projects5 credits

    Students will build projects utilizing a variety of standard commercial and institutional techniques.


    Future Offerings
    2/15-3/23MTThF 8:00a-9:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     MTThF 9:10a-10:50a
     MTThF 2:00p-2:30p
     W 8:00a-9:50a
  • ELCN 261Industrial Control Wiring Methods & Materials6 credits

    This course is a hand’s on lab exploring the design and construction of motor control systems. Control circuits are fabricated in industrial enclosures using control relays, sensors and motor starters.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 151

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/14MTThF 8:00a-9:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     MTThF 9:10a-10:50a
     MTThF 2:00p-2:30p
     W 8:00a-9:50a
  • ELCN 280Renewable Electrical Sources4 credits

    Explores new alternative electrical power sources from a design and build point of view with an emphasis on the NEC requirements.


    Future Offerings
    2/26-3/22MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W10:00a-11:00a
     W12:00p-1:00p
  • Quarter 5
  • ELCN 203PLCs & VFDs5 credits

    This course is an in depth study of programmable logic controllers including configuring hardware and software for controlling devices that drive industrial machinery.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 201, ELCN 202

    Future Offerings
    5/16-6/20MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W12:00p-1:00p
     W10:00a-11:00a
  • ELCN 214Special Occupancies, Equipment & Conditions3 credits

    Examine and locate the National Electrical Code requirements and limitations for specialized circumstances such as hazardous areas, health care, industrial locations, assembly areas, alternate energy sources, elevators and commercial specialty equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    4/23-5/15MTThF 8:00a-11:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W12:00p-1:00p
     W10:00a-11:00a
  • ELCN 262Specialty Industrial Wiring Projects5 credits

    This is an electrical construction lab class. Students will build projects utilizing a variety of standard industrial techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 261

    Future Offerings
    4/3-5/14MTThF 8:00a-9:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     MTThF 2:00p-2:30p
     W 8:00a-9:50a
     MTThF 9:10a-10:50a
  • ELCN 263Automated Control Projects6 credits

    This is a hand’s on lab, integrating motor controls, programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives and industrial wiring distribution.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 203 & ELCN 261 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/20MTThF 8:00a-9:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W 8:00a-9:50a
     MTThF 2:00p-2:30p
     MTThF 9:10a-10:50a
  • ELCN 281Electrical Estimating & Design3 credits

    Designing and estimating material and labor costs for a variety of electrical projects using catalogs, the internet and estimating software.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 103

    Future Offerings
    4/3-4/20MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W12:00p-1:00p
     W10:00a-11:00a
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS113 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program scheduled to accept new students in the following quarters; Winter 2016, Winter 2017, and Fall 2017.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Graduates can be credited with up to 1472 supervised work experience hours per RCW 19.28.191 and WAC 296-46b-940. In order to receive the approved experience hours students must have an electrical trainee card from L&I prior to enrolling in the program.

Physical Requirements

  • Electricians deal with color coded wires on a daily basis, making it vital for all electricians to be able to see color.

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Ensure safe work practices and installations through compliance with national, state and local regulations and industry standards including the National Electrical Code and WAC/RCW.
  • Design, analyze, and diagnose basic electrical systems through the application of electrical theory fundamentals.
  • Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant service and branch circuits found in a typical residential setting.
  • Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant branch and lighting circuits found in a typical commercial setting.
  • Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant branch, signal, and control circuits found in a typical industrial setting.
  • Summarize the financial and regulatory scope of the electrical industry including government fees, jobsite overhead, business operating expenses, time management, and cost of materials.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with team members, supervisors, and others in the workplace, using trade terminology, drawings, blueprints, and other documents.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct conducive to the work environment including punctuality, safety, reliability and customer service.
  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment, repair, or updating and to ensure compliance with codes.

William Wells - Instructor image

William Wells

Area of Instruction


Electrician

Degrees and Certifications


License, General Journeyman Electrician (01), Washington Department of Labor & Industries

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8420
wwells@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B13-A


Bradley Willbrandt - Instructor image

Bradley Willbrandt

Area of Instruction


Electrician

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Psychology/Biology, Western Michigan University

A.A.S., Electrician, Bellingham Technical College

License, Administrator, Washington State Dept of L&I

License, Electrician, Washington State Dept of L&I

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8381
bwillbrandt@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B12-A


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Choose this program to prepare for an exciting career as an electrician. Students become registered "electrician trainees" with the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries and are awarded work experience hours upon completion. Occupational choices are extensive in the field; many graduates work in the construction industry, while others work in manufacturing or maintenance.

In BTC’s Electrician program, you’ll learn how to install, maintain, and repair residential, commercial, industrial and renewable electrical systems. You will also learn how to read blueprints and schematics, bend and install conduits, program VFDs and PLCs, and troubleshoot circuits.

Employment Information

89% BTC graduate placement rate

$48,152 starting annual wage

$64,397 average annual wage

$84,718 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of electricians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for skilled electricians are expected to be very good as the growth in demand outpaces the supply of workers trained in this industry. There is expected to be a shortage of skilled workers during the next decade because of the anticipated smaller pool of young workers entering training programs.

About 89% of BTC Electrician students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $64,397, with an earning potential of about $84,718 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as electricians. In the United States, more than half of all electricians are employed in the construction industry. Others work as maintenance electricians in virtually every industry including electrical equipment distributors, communications companies, electrical utility companies and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical contractor, electrical equipment technician, maintenance electrician, television cable technician, utility company technician, telephone technician and electrical equipment salesperson. Nationally, one out of every ten electricians is self-employed.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aRING COpenings: 17
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aTOOMEY BWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 11
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aTOOMEY BWaitlisted: 1
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    9/19-12/8Online MOYLE VOpenings: 17
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 100Trade & Safety2 credits

    A dynamic introduction to the Electrical industry trade regulations & requirements, the job market, descriptions of various types of work areas, essential safety issues and safety requirements.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    9/19-9/26DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 9:50a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 101DC Circuits4 credits

    Will prepare the student with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes DC electrical theory, structure of matter, electron theory and Ohm’s law using interactive software, dynamic lecture and discussion. Students will apply basic algebra skills during this course.

    Prerequisite:
    AMATH 100 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    10/6-11/17DAILY 8:20a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
  • ELCN 103Electrical Drawings & Blueprints2 credits

    Introduction to and discussion of various types of electrical drawings including wiring, schematic, line, and construction diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    9/27-10/5DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 9:50a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 125Electrical Applied Mechanics4 credits

    Studies introduce material strengths relating to forces such as tension, sheer and torque. Students develop knowledge and skills through application of pulley ratios and levers. Instruction also covers properties of materials such as solids, liquids and gasses. Utilizing dynamic lecture and discussion, and hands-on practice, students develop knowledge and skills for careers in industry. Text and basic tools required.


    Future Offerings
    11/20-12/8DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 9:50a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 131DC Circuit Lab4 credits

    Emphasizing DC Electrical theory and Ohm’s law, series and parallel circuits are analyzed with hands-on experiments and commonly used test equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 100, ELCN 101, ELCN 103 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    10/6-11/17DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 1
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aZAMORA AWaitlisted: 1
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 1
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MWaitlisted: 0
    9/19-12/8Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 11
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 8
    1/4-3/22TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
  • ELCN 102AC Circuits3 credits

    Prepares the electrician to diagnose and repair AC electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes AC electrical theory, phase relationships with inductance, capacitance and resistance.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 and AMATH 100

    Future Offerings
    2/16-3/23DAILY 8:00a-9:10aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 112Introduction to National Electrical Code4 credits

    Wire, conduit, and box size requirements of the National Electrical Code. Beginning branch circuit calculations.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/15DAILY 8:00a-9:10aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 132AC Circuit Lab3 credits

    AC electrical theory is examined and verified with hands-on experiments utilizing standard test equipment

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 131 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    2/26-3/23DAILY 9:20a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 142Residential Wiring Projects6 credits

    Project based lab. Student crews complete electrical construction projects including a model house wiring installation.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101, ELCN 103, ELCN 125 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/23DAILY 9:20a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • Quarter 3
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aHOFFMAN COpenings: 3
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aGERNAND JWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pGERNAND JOpenings: 2
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 8
    9/19-12/8Online DONNELLY RWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/22Th 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/3-3/21MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/19T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 104Grounding & Bonding2 credits

    Standards, theory and application of grounding and bonding applied to electrical systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    10/23-11/8DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWELLS WOpenings: 3
    4/7-5/22DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 105Transformers, Motors & Generators4 credits

    Theory and operation of rotating electrical machines and transformers.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102

    Future Offerings
    9/19-10/20DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWELLS WOpenings: 3
    4/3-5/4DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 113Advanced NEC Calculations3 credits

    National Electrical Code required calculations for occupancy loads, transformer and motor circuits, services, feeders and equipment rooms.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    11/9-12/8DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWELLS WOpenings: 3
    5/23-6/20DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 143Electrical Distribution3 credits

    Electrical lab installation of services, panelboards, switches, and feeders.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104, ELCN 105, ELCN 113 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    9/19-10/17DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWELLS WOpenings: 3
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
    4/3-5/1DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 151Commercial Wiring Methods & Materials5 credits

    Installation of basic commercial electrical components and systems to meet recognized industry standards utilizing appropriate tools, wiring methods and materials.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 103 & ELCN 142

    Future Offerings
    10/18-12/8DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWELLS WOpenings: 3
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • Quarter 4
  • ELCN 201Electronics for Electricians2 credits

    Diagnose and repair of industrial control devices emphasizing electronic theory and industrial solid state devices.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 & ELCN 103

    Future Offerings
    2/9-2/23MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 202Machine Control Fundamentals5 credits

    Preparing for fabrication, diagnose and repair of industrial control devices emphasizing motor control theory, system wiring and diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104 & ELCN 105

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/7MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W12:00p-1:00p
     W10:00a-11:00a
  • ELCN 251Commercial & Renewable Energy Projects5 credits

    Students will build projects utilizing a variety of standard commercial and institutional techniques.


    Future Offerings
    2/15-3/23MTThF 8:00a-9:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     MTThF 9:10a-10:50a
     MTThF 2:00p-2:30p
     W 8:00a-9:50a
  • ELCN 261Industrial Control Wiring Methods & Materials6 credits

    This course is a hand’s on lab exploring the design and construction of motor control systems. Control circuits are fabricated in industrial enclosures using control relays, sensors and motor starters.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 151

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/14MTThF 8:00a-9:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     MTThF 9:10a-10:50a
     MTThF 2:00p-2:30p
     W 8:00a-9:50a
  • ELCN 280Renewable Electrical Sources4 credits

    Explores new alternative electrical power sources from a design and build point of view with an emphasis on the NEC requirements.


    Future Offerings
    2/26-3/22MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W10:00a-11:00a
     W12:00p-1:00p
  • Quarter 5
  • ELCN 203PLCs & VFDs5 credits

    This course is an in depth study of programmable logic controllers including configuring hardware and software for controlling devices that drive industrial machinery.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 201, ELCN 202

    Future Offerings
    5/16-6/20MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W12:00p-1:00p
     W10:00a-11:00a
  • ELCN 214Special Occupancies, Equipment & Conditions3 credits

    Examine and locate the National Electrical Code requirements and limitations for specialized circumstances such as hazardous areas, health care, industrial locations, assembly areas, alternate energy sources, elevators and commercial specialty equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    4/23-5/15MTThF 8:00a-11:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W12:00p-1:00p
     W10:00a-11:00a
  • ELCN 262Specialty Industrial Wiring Projects5 credits

    This is an electrical construction lab class. Students will build projects utilizing a variety of standard industrial techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 261

    Future Offerings
    4/3-5/14MTThF 8:00a-9:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     MTThF 2:00p-2:30p
     W 8:00a-9:50a
     MTThF 9:10a-10:50a
  • ELCN 263Automated Control Projects6 credits

    This is a hand’s on lab, integrating motor controls, programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives and industrial wiring distribution.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 203 & ELCN 261 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/20MTThF 8:00a-9:00aWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W 8:00a-9:50a
     MTThF 2:00p-2:30p
     MTThF 9:10a-10:50a
  • ELCN 281Electrical Estimating & Design3 credits

    Designing and estimating material and labor costs for a variety of electrical projects using catalogs, the internet and estimating software.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 103

    Future Offerings
    4/3-4/20MTThF11:50a-1:50pWELLS WOpenings: 24
     W12:00p-1:00p
     W10:00a-11:00a
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program scheduled to accept new students in the following quarters; Fall 2017, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Program seats are offered to students who meet the testing requirements on a first come first serve basis.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements. BTC also accepts multiple measures as a waiver of the accuplacer. See our transfer Student web page for more information.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Graduates can be credited with up to 1472 supervised work experience hours per RCW 19.28.191 and WAC 296-46b-940. In order to receive the approved experience hours students must have an electrical trainee card from L&I prior to enrolling in the program.

Physical Requirements

  • Electricians deal with color coded wires on a daily basis, making it vital for all electricians to be able to see color.

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Ensure safe work practices and installations through compliance with national, state and local regulations and industry standards including the National Electrical Code and WAC/RCW.
  • Design, analyze, and diagnose basic electrical systems through the application of electrical theory fundamentals.
  • Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant service and branch circuits found in a typical residential setting.
  • Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant branch and lighting circuits found in a typical commercial setting.
  • Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant branch, signal, and control circuits found in a typical industrial setting.
  • Summarize the financial and regulatory scope of the electrical industry including government fees, jobsite overhead, business operating expenses, time management, and cost of materials.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with team members, supervisors, and others in the workplace, using trade terminology, drawings, blueprints, and other documents.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct conducive to the work environment including punctuality, safety, reliability and customer service.
  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment, repair, or updating and to ensure compliance with codes.

Bradley Willbrandt - Instructor image

Bradley Willbrandt

Area of Instruction


Electrician

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Psychology/Biology, Western Michigan University

A.A.S., Electrician, Bellingham Technical College

License, Administrator, Washington State Dept of L&I

License, Electrician, Washington State Dept of L&I

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8381
bwillbrandt@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B12-A


William Wells - Instructor image

William Wells

Area of Instruction


Electrician

Degrees and Certifications


License, General Journeyman Electrician (01), Washington Department of Labor & Industries

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8420
wwells@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B13-A


Electrical Construction Certificate

Choose this program to prepare for an exciting career as an electrician. Students become registered "electrician trainees" with the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries and are awarded work experience hours upon completion. Occupational choices are extensive in the field; many graduates work in the construction industry, while others work in manufacturing or maintenance.

In BTC’s Electrician program, you’ll learn how to install, maintain, and repair residential, commercial, industrial and renewable electrical systems. You will also learn how to read blueprints and schematics, bend and install conduits, program VFDs and PLCs, and troubleshoot circuits.

Employment Information

89% BTC graduate placement rate

$48,152 starting annual wage

$64,397 average annual wage

$84,718 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

Employment of electricians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for skilled electricians are expected to be very good as the growth in demand outpaces the supply of workers trained in this industry. There is expected to be a shortage of skilled workers during the next decade because of the anticipated smaller pool of young workers entering training programs.

About 89% of BTC Electrician students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $64,397, with an earning potential of about $84,718 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as electricians. In the United States, more than half of all electricians are employed in the construction industry. Others work as maintenance electricians in virtually every industry including electrical equipment distributors, communications companies, electrical utility companies and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical contractor, electrical equipment technician, maintenance electrician, television cable technician, utility company technician, telephone technician and electrical equipment salesperson. Nationally, one out of every ten electricians is self-employed.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aRING COpenings: 17
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aTOOMEY BWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 11
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aTOOMEY BWaitlisted: 1
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    9/19-12/8Online MOYLE VOpenings: 17
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 100Trade & Safety2 credits

    A dynamic introduction to the Electrical industry trade regulations & requirements, the job market, descriptions of various types of work areas, essential safety issues and safety requirements.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    9/19-9/26DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 9:50a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 101DC Circuits4 credits

    Will prepare the student with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and repair electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes DC electrical theory, structure of matter, electron theory and Ohm’s law using interactive software, dynamic lecture and discussion. Students will apply basic algebra skills during this course.

    Prerequisite:
    AMATH 100 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    10/6-11/17DAILY 8:20a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
  • ELCN 103Electrical Drawings & Blueprints2 credits

    Introduction to and discussion of various types of electrical drawings including wiring, schematic, line, and construction diagrams.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    9/27-10/5DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 9:50a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 125Electrical Applied Mechanics4 credits

    Studies introduce material strengths relating to forces such as tension, sheer and torque. Students develop knowledge and skills through application of pulley ratios and levers. Instruction also covers properties of materials such as solids, liquids and gasses. Utilizing dynamic lecture and discussion, and hands-on practice, students develop knowledge and skills for careers in industry. Text and basic tools required.


    Future Offerings
    11/20-12/8DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 9:50a-11:00a
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 131DC Circuit Lab4 credits

    Emphasizing DC Electrical theory and Ohm’s law, series and parallel circuits are analyzed with hands-on experiments and commonly used test equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 100, ELCN 101, ELCN 103 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    10/6-11/17DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 6
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 1
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aZAMORA AWaitlisted: 1
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 1
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MWaitlisted: 0
    9/19-12/8Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 11
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 8
    1/4-3/22TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 30
  • ELCN 102AC Circuits3 credits

    Prepares the electrician to diagnose and repair AC electrical circuits. Instruction emphasizes AC electrical theory, phase relationships with inductance, capacitance and resistance.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101 and AMATH 100

    Future Offerings
    2/16-3/23DAILY 8:00a-9:10aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 112Introduction to National Electrical Code4 credits

    Wire, conduit, and box size requirements of the National Electrical Code. Beginning branch circuit calculations.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/15DAILY 8:00a-9:10aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 132AC Circuit Lab3 credits

    AC electrical theory is examined and verified with hands-on experiments utilizing standard test equipment

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 131 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    2/26-3/23DAILY 9:20a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 142Residential Wiring Projects6 credits

    Project based lab. Student crews complete electrical construction projects including a model house wiring installation.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 101, ELCN 103, ELCN 125 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    1/3-2/23DAILY 9:20a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • Quarter 3
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aHOFFMAN COpenings: 3
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aGERNAND JWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pGERNAND JOpenings: 2
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 8
    9/19-12/8Online DONNELLY RWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/22Th 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/3-3/21MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/3-3/21MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 4
    1/3-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/19T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 104Grounding & Bonding2 credits

    Standards, theory and application of grounding and bonding applied to electrical systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102 and ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    10/23-11/8DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWELLS WOpenings: 3
    4/7-5/22DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 105Transformers, Motors & Generators4 credits

    Theory and operation of rotating electrical machines and transformers.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 102

    Future Offerings
    9/19-10/20DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWELLS WOpenings: 3
    4/3-5/4DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 113Advanced NEC Calculations3 credits

    National Electrical Code required calculations for occupancy loads, transformer and motor circuits, services, feeders and equipment rooms.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 112

    Future Offerings
    11/9-12/8DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWELLS WOpenings: 3
    5/23-6/20DAILY 8:00a-9:40aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
  • ELCN 143Electrical Distribution3 credits

    Electrical lab installation of services, panelboards, switches, and feeders.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 104, ELCN 105, ELCN 113 or concurrent

    Future Offerings
    9/19-10/17DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWELLS WOpenings: 3
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
    4/3-5/1DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWILLBRANDT BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
  • ELCN 151Commercial Wiring Methods & Materials5 credits

    Installation of basic commercial electrical components and systems to meet recognized industry standards utilizing appropriate tools, wiring methods and materials.

    Prerequisite:
    ELCN 103 & ELCN 142

    Future Offerings
    10/18-12/8DAILY 9:50a-11:00aWELLS WOpenings: 3
     DAILY12:00p-1:30p
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program scheduled to accept new students in the following quarters; Winter 2016, Winter 2017, and Fall 2017.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Graduates can be credited with supervised work experience hours per RCW 19.28.191 and WAC 296-46b-940. In order to receive the approved experience hours students must have an electrical trainee card from L&I prior to enrolling in the program.

Physical Requirements

  • Electricians deal with color coded wires on a daily basis, making it vital for all electricians to be able to see color.

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Ensure safe work practices and installations through compliance with national, state and local regulations and industry standards including the National Electrical Code and WAC/RCW.
  • Design, analyze, and diagnose basic electrical systems through the application of electrical theory fundamentals.
  • Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant service and branch circuits found in a typical residential setting.
  • Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant branch and lighting circuits found in a typical commercial setting.
  • Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant branch, signal, and control circuits found in a typical industrial setting.
  • Summarize the financial and regulatory scope of the electrical industry including government fees, jobsite overhead, business operating expenses, time management, and cost of materials.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with team members, supervisors, and others in the workplace, using trade terminology, drawings, blueprints, and other documents.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct conducive to the work environment including punctuality, safety, reliability and customer service.
  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment, repair, or updating and to ensure compliance with codes.

Bradley Willbrandt - Instructor image

Bradley Willbrandt

Area of Instruction


Electrician

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Psychology/Biology, Western Michigan University

A.A.S., Electrician, Bellingham Technical College

License, Administrator, Washington State Dept of L&I

License, Electrician, Washington State Dept of L&I

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8381
bwillbrandt@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B12-A


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William Wells

Area of Instruction


Electrician

Degrees and Certifications


License, General Journeyman Electrician (01), Washington Department of Labor & Industries

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8420
wwells@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B13-A