Electrician-Construction

Diploma, 74 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Albert Lea
PROGRAM STARTS: Fall
COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters
PROGRAM SHEET: PRINT

Applicants to the Construction Electrician Program should have a solid background in basic mathematics. Applicants should also have good reading comprehension skills in the English language. Applicants must meet minimum levels in math and reading comprehension skills before entering any courses in the program. Each applicant will take the CPT test prior to admission to the program to determine levels of math and reading comprehension skills. Applicants must have acceptable scores in both the math and reading comprehension portions of the CPT test or have completed the required developmental courses satisfactorily BEFORE entering the Construction Electrician Program. Students that attend a minimum of 95 percent of each required program course receive work credit for licensure from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the Iowa electrical exam board. This gains the student a full year of credit towards their electrical license. Riverland is the only school in Minnesota to be recognized by both states.

Requirements for program admission

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Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements

Reading: An Accuplacer score of 52 is recommended.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites

Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

Required Core Courses (66 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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ELEC1702
Theory I

This course covers the basic concepts of electricity including direct current. The basic study of atomic structure, current and voltage, power conductors, electromagnetic and insulators, and resistance, applications of test meters, circuit theorems, magnetic, and terminology are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC1703
Electrical Lab

This course covers the basic concepts of electricity, direct current circuits, and alternating current circuits. The basic study of atomic structure, current and voltage, power conductors, electromagnetic and insulators, and resistance, Ohm's Law, Electromagnetic Field (EMF) source, series and parallel circuit construction and analysis, applications of test meters, circuit theorems, magnetic, and terminology are also included. (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC1705
Electricial Theory II

This course is an introduction to alternating current (AC) theory including proper use of electrical formulas for algebra and trigonometry that are frequently used in the electrical industry. These include such formulas as voltage drop, power factor, efficiency, and transformer rations. Proper use of meters and oscilloscopes will also be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: ELEC 1702. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC1707
Electrical Safety

This course introduces safety and laboratory practices that are common to the electrical trade. Accident prevention and discussion of unsafe acts in the electrical occupational field are covered along with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) that is required. Since safety is a paramount importance, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules are includes as they pertain to the electrical industry. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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ELEC1713
Construction Blueprint Reading

This course covers the plans, symbols, and specifications for construction and design of residential and commercial buildings. Residential and commercial service calculations are included. National Electrical Code (NEC) is included in all discussions. (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC1714
Conduit

This course covers conduit applications (basic to advanced), types of conduit systems and the bending and threading of each type of raceway. Benfield methods and National Electrical Code rules are used in all projects. Knowledge of the proper ways to install conductors and how to properly make the numerous types of bends skillfully help advance a person's career in the electrical trades. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC1715
Residential I

This course covers applications of blueprint reading skills, the National Electrical Code (NEC) and residential wiring procedures applicable to single family dwellings. It will also include an introduction to wiring procedures applicable to multi-family dwellings. This course will include single family services and special circuits. Prerequisites: ELEC 1702. (5 Cr - 2 lect, 3 lab)

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ELEC1723
Residential II

This course covers residential wiring and the National Electric Code (NEC). Included are the special wiring and services used today in single and multi-family dwellings. An understanding of low voltage, communications, special appliances, heating and cooling, and the calculations that are taught in this course are needed in the electrical trades. (5 Cr - 3 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC1728
NEC I

This course is an introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC), as well as Minnesota State Board of Electricity laws and how to use them. Knowledge of the NEC and laws and rules for electricians is the foundation of a career in the electrical industry as all electrical installations must comply with both. The most current versions are used. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC1746
Power Electronics

This course introduces the basic theory and operation of solid state semi-conductor devices that are used in industrial electrical/electronic circuits. Electrical test meters and oscilloscopes are used in this class to enhance understanding of the basic electrical and electronic projects. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC2701
Electric Motors I

This course covers the various construction characteristics and uses of alternating current (AC) single-phase and three-phase motors. Also covered in this course is recognition, installation, and troubleshooting of all common AC motors for National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements and calculations. Prerequisites: ELEC 1705 (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC2702
Structured Wiring

This course covers communications and other low-voltage inside wiring techniques and principles. Also covered are different types of cable and wire associated with these systems along with National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC2703
Motor Controls I

This course introduces the basic construction and operation of motor control equipment, including different types of electrical diagrams, protective devices, application and connection of controls for single-phase and three-phase alternating current (AC) motors. Prerequisite: ELEC 1705. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC2706
Motor Controls II

This course covers additional applications and operation of specialized control equipment for single-phase and three-phase motors such as reduced voltage starters, frequency drives, and braking devices. Prerequisite: ELEC 2703 (3 Cr 1 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC2710
House Wiring Project I (Rough-in)

This course covers the rough-in wiring of an actual house. Topics and activities include layout, National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, installation of boxes, boring holes, installation of wires and low voltage cabling, main and temporary service installation. Prerequisites: ELEC 1707, ELEC 1715, and ELEC 1723. (.5 Cr - 0 lect, .5 lab)

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ELEC2711
House Wiring Project II (Finish)

This course covers the finish wiring of the house. Topics and activities include installation of wiring devices and light fixtures, terminating circuits in the panelboard, and energizing all circuits, as well as troubleshooting if necessary. Prerequisite: ELEC 2710. (.5 Cr - 0 lect, .5 lab)

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ELEC2717
Transformers

This course covers the operation and installation of single and three-phase distribution and instrument transformers. The construction, markings and theory of induction will be covered. Multi voltage single phase transformer and all the three phase connections will also being covered in depth as will current and potential transformers. Prerequisites: ELEC 1702 and ELEC 1705.(2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC2721
Industrial Wiring

This course covers transformer and motor selection, metering, busways, fusing, grounding systems, power factor correction, distribution and special systems used for industrial wiring. The subject matter is covered in specific courses other than industrial wiring. Prerequisites: ELEC 1714, ELEC 2701, ELEC 2703, and ELEC 2717. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC2723
Electric Motors II

This course covers the types, construction, operation, installation, and maintenance of direct current (DC) motors and generators. These motors and generators are studied and connected, and the operating characteristics are observed and compared. Prerequisite: ELEC 1702. (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC2745
PLC I

This course covers the basic theory, operation, installation and practical application of programmable logic controllers (PLC). Ladder logic, symbols, creating and downloading of programs are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: ELEC 2703 (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)

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ELEC2750
PLC II

This course provides the student additional applications of programmable logic controllers (PLC) with emphasis on advanced programming techniques and intelligent input/output modules. The operation of PLC internal timers and timers will be covered in depth. Data manipulation, sequencers and internal math functions will also be covered. Labeling, documentation and maintenance are also part of the curriculum. Prerequisite: ELEC 2745. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC2780
Commerical I

This course introduces the student to the materials and design aspects of commercial wiring and re-enforces residential wiring skills by wiring a new house. Topics included are installation of transformers, raceways, services, non-metallic cable, boxes, wiring devices, fixtures, residential code requirements and design requirements for conduit layouts, circuit protection, and display lighting. Prerequisites: ELEC 1705, ELEC 1707, ELEC 1714, ELEC 1715, and ELEC 1723. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC2785
Commercial II

This course covers additional materials and design aspects of commercial wiring. Load schedules, fusing, special outlets, lighting, lamp installation and selection are also covered. Prerequisites: ELEC 2780 (3Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC2790
NEC II

This course introduces the National Electrical Code (NEC) that pertains to all types of raceways, boxes, motors, motor control, air-conditioning equipment, transformers, and generators. Also covered are areas of special occupancies, special equipment, special conditions, communication systems, tables in Chapter Nine and the annex to the NEC. Prerequisite: ELEC 1728 (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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General Studies Courses (8 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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BUSO1620
Introduction to Computer

This course covers basic information about computer hardware and the use of computer software as a business productivity tool, as well as for personal use. Topics covered include the operating system and desktop environment; file and folder management; introduction to spreadsheet procedures; introduction to database creation and file management, fundamental word processing concepts, and presentation graphics. Some basic computer literacy will be covered, such as e-mail etiquette, ethical computing, document attachment to e-mail and use of digital files. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant degrees which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)

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GSCL1270
Employment Search Skills

This course introduces students to a process of developing self-awareness when considering career opportunities and identifying career-related goals. Students conduct a job search, prepare a job application, resume, cover letter, a follow-up correspondence. The course includes preparation for job interviews. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations

This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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HLTH1130
AHA CPR and First Aid Certification

This course includes instruction of adult, child, and infant for rescue breathing, airway obstruction, and one and two man Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and standard first aid. Topics covered are: obstructed airway, rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, injuries (soft and hard tissue), bleeding, emergencies, splinting, and sudden illness. Students will be instructed to use breathing devices, specifically the pocket mask and the bag-valve mask. This course is certified by the American Heart Association. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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MATH1020
Technical Math I

This course covers basic mathematics and elements of algebra that will prepare students for success in their specific technical areas. Students will develop their problem solving skills and master mathematical concepts used in specific technical applications. Students will receive a grade for this course. It will not meet MnTC Mathematics and Logical Reasoning requirements for graduation. Prerequisite: A score of 56 or above on the Accuplacer Arithmetic test, a score of 51 or above on the Elementary Algebra test or Math 0540. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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Last Updated: November 21, 2016