Electricity Technical Diploma

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Program Code: 314131

As a graduate of the one-year Electricity program, you're ready to work in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. You're skilled in installing, maintaining, and servicing basic electrical equipment. Typical career opportunities include construction electrician and industrial maintenance technician. With additional education and/or work experience, you may also become an electrical construction supervisor, electrical engineering technician, journey-level electrician, electrical contractor, electrical maintenance supervisor, and voice data video installer. All credits from this program transfer to the Construction Management - Electricity associate degree.

Follow Your Path

All credits in this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Construction Management - Electricity, 104551
Career Pathway Bridge available for students needing additional support to meet program entry requirements.


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.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Electrical Construction Supervisor
• Electrical Engineering Technician
• Journey-Level Electrician
• Electrical Contractor
• Electrical Maintenance Supervisor
• Voice Data Video Installer.


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay
Students following the study plan below will complete the Electricity technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-804-301 VOCATIONAL MATH A ...This course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge and skills to apply the concepts of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, measurement, proportions, and percent to their career. No prerequisites needed.
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)
10-413-317 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICITY ...atomic structure, electrical quantities, Ohm's Law, magnetism, AC concepts. (Corequisite: 10-804-301, Vocational Math A )
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)
10-413-314 DC CIRCUITS ...electron theory, electromotive force sources, voltage, current, resistance, power, Ohm's Law, series-parallel circuits and test equipment. (Corequisites: 10-804-301, Vocational Math A; 10-413-317, Fundamentals of Electricity)
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.
10-413-307 RESIDENTIAL WIRING ...cable installation, small appliance branch circuits, special purpose outlets, multi-wire circuits, low voltage wiring. (Corequisites: 10-413-103, Residential Electrical Code 2; 10-413-306, Residential Circuits and Design)
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)
10-413-303 INDUSTRIAL CONTROLS ...electrical symbols, wiring diagrams, ladder diagrams, control logic, pilot devices, solenoids, relays, and time delay control. (Corequisite: 10-413-345, Industrial Code)
10-413-105 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)
10-413-330 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, 10-804-301, Vocational Math A)
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)
10-413-304 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)
10-413-104 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)
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, but must be passed with a C or better.

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.


Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs 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 or visit