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Electrical Systems Program Code 314133

1 Year Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Electrical Systems prepares students to install, maintain, and service basic electrical equipment used in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. The credits from this program are transferrable to the Construction Technology associate degree.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Construction Electrician: installs and services conduit, wire, cable, and equipment in new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial structures.

Industrial Maintenance Electrician: installs, maintains, and troubleshoots motors, motor controls, lighting, and other electrical systems in an industrial plant.

Completers will be able to apply credits toward the following programs:

10-475-2, Construction Technology


A “C” or better in BOTH 31-801-385, Communicating-Writing and 31-801-386, Communicating Effectively will satisfy the Construction Technology Associate Degree requirement for 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication.
A “C” or better in 10-804-312, Math-Algebra/Trades will satisfy the prerequisite to enroll in the Construction Technology Associate Degree course 10-804-107, College Mathematics.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Program Outcomes

. Perform safe work practices.
. Apply National and Wisconsin State Electrical Codes to electrical installations.
. Install, maintain, and troubleshoot residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems.
. Perform diagnostic testing on electrical systems.
. Apply basic calculations to electrical systems and installations.
. Demonstrate the operation of AC and DC motors.
. Install and troubleshoot basic motor control systems.
. Interpret electrical diagrams.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
. Place satisfactorily in the NWTC mathematics and algebra examinations.
. Students should have mastered high school algebra skills (real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, word problems and measurements) and have a desire to learn advanced algebra and trigonometry.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Pre-Algebra: 27; Reading: 70; Writing Skills: 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Electrical Systems technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.


10-413-102 Residential Electrical Code 1
10-413-103 Residential Electrical Code 2
10-413-305 Intro to Residential Circuits
10-413-306 Residential Circuits & Design
10-413-307 Residential Wiring
10-413-314 DC Circuits
10-413-317 Fundamentals of Electricity
10-449-112 OSHA 30
10-804-312 Math-Algebra/Trades
* 10-890-101 College 101

10-413-105 Commercial Electrical Code
10-413-106 Industrial Code
10-413-303 Industrial Controls
10-413-304 Electric Motor Control
10-413-327 Commercial Wiring Techniques
10-413-328 Motors/Transformers
10-413-334 AC Circuits
31-801-385 Communicating-Writing
31-801-386 Communicating Effectively


Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-413-102 RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL CODE 1 ...National Electrical Code, residential circuits, conductor sizes, branch circuits, box fill calculations, switch control, branch circuit overcurrent protection and calculations, and ground fault circuit interrupters.

10-413-103 RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL CODE 2 ...National Electrical Code, residential circuit layout and design, small appliance circuits, special purpose outlets, service entrance equipment, calculations and demand factors. (Corequisite: 10-413-102, Residential Electrical Code 1)

10-413-105 COMMERCIAL ELECTRICAL CODE ...commercial building plans and specifications, computing electrical loads and branch circuits, emergency systems, raceways, conduit fill, power and lighting circuits, motor & appliance circuits. (Prerequisite: 10-413-103, Residential Electrical Code 2)

10-413-106 INDUSTRIAL CODE ...three-phase and single-phase systems, motor branch circuits, overcurrent and overload protections, power factor, hazardous locations, harmonics and National Electric Code. (Prerequisites: 10-413-102, Residential Elec Code 1; 10-413-103, Residential Elec Code 2; Corequisite: 10-413-105, Commercial Elec Code)

10-413-303 INDUSTRIAL CONTROLS ...electrical symbols, wiring diagrams, ladder diagrams, control logic, pilot devices, solenoids, relays, and time delay control (Corequisite: 10-413-345, Industrial Code)

10-413-304 ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL ...motor starters, overcurrent protection, overload protection, motor branch circuits, starting methods, troubleshooting motor circuits, and an introduction to PLC's. (Corequisite: 10-413-303, Industrial Controls)

10-413-305 INTRO TO RESIDENTIAL CIRCUITS, electrical code applications, box selection, wire selection, wire terminations, single-point lighting control, multiple-point lighting control, receptacles. (Corequisite: 10-413-102, Residential Electrical Code 1)

10-413-306 RESIDENTIAL CIRCUITS AND DESIGN ...ground fault circuit interrupters, arc fault circuit interrupters, layout and design, circuit determinations. (Corequisite: 10-413-102, Residential Electrical Code 1; 10-413-305 Intro to Residential Circuits)

10-413-307 RESIDENTIAL WIRING ...cable installation, small appliance branch circuits, special purpose outlets, multi-wire circuits, low voltage wiring. (Corequisite: 10-413-103, Residential Electrical Code 2; 10-413-306 Residential Circuits and Design)

10-413-314 DC CIRCUITS ...electron theory, electromotive force sources, voltage, current, resistance, power, Ohm's Law, series-parallel circuits and test equipment. (Corequisites: 31-804-312, Math-Algebra/Trades; 10-413-317, Fundamentals of Electricity)

10-413-317 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICITY ...atomic structure, electrical quantities, Ohm's Law, magnetism, AC concepts. (Corequisite: 31-804-312, Math-Algebra/Trades)

10-413-327 COMMERCIAL WIRING TECHNIQUES ...raceways and fittings, conduit bending, wire pulling methods, fastening systems, lighting and low-voltage wiring. (Corequisite: 10-413-105, Commercial Electrical Code OR 31-448-364, Marine Electrical Codes)

10-413-328 MOTORS/TRANSFORMERS ...magnetism, electromagnetism, transformers, DC generators and motors, AC single-phase and three-phase motors, and an introduction to AC drives. (Corequisite: 10-413-334, AC Circuits)

10-413-334 AC CIRCUITS ...AC theory, inductance, capacitance, impedance, series ad parallel AC circuits, AC power, power factor corrections, rectification of AC, diodes and silicon controlled rectifiers. (Corequisites: 10-413-314, DC Circuits, 31-804-312, Math-Algebra Trades)

10-449-112 OSHA 30 ...addresses OSHA 29CFR1926 rules and is approved by OSHA for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors, and anyone involved in construction trades. Successful participants receive 30-hour card from OSHA.

10-413-305 INTRO TO RESIDENTIAL CIRCUITS, electrical code applications, box selection, wire selection, wire terminations, single-point lighting control, multiple-point lighting control, receptacles. (Corequisite: 10-413-102, Residential Electrical Code 1) 2 cr.

10-804-312 MATH-ALGEBRA/TRADES ...signed numbers, order of operations, scientific notation, metric units/measurement, calculator operations, algebra, introductory trigonometry, Pythagorean theorem, solving right triangles. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 2 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

31-801-385 COMMUNICATING-WRITING ...writing techniques, memos, letters, descriptions, instructions, and the job-seeking process. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 and Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY ...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 and Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.