Electrical Distribution and Automation/Electrician
Electrical Distribution and Automation/Electrician (46.0399)
The program is a complete electrical course that concentrates on all aspects
of electrical construction and industrial maintenance. Daily electrical
construction includes Ohms law, basic D.C. Circuits, D.C. motors and
generators, A.C. theory, single and three phase power systems, load
centers, switchgear, transformers and polyphase A.C. motors, solar system
installation, industrial motor control, hydraulics, PLC’s, and VFD’s.
Safety is extensively covered in all aspects of the workplace. Topics
include power tool, ladder, fall arrest systems, and electrical safety
instruction, with an emphasis on lockout/tagout as required by OSHA.
Students gain practical skills on writing methods and materials used in the electrical trade, as well as an
OSHA 10 Hour Certification, International Residential Code Certification, and NCCER Credentials.
Electrical Construction Wiring – This area of concentration begins with safety and common
construction trade skills. The International Residential Code is covered extensively. Installation of
service entrance equipment, branch circuits including outlets and lighting circuits, wire sizing, grounding,
load calculations, blueprint reading, and residential telecommunications installation are all studied.
Commercial Wiring – This area of concentration begins with conduit bending and installation.
Electrical theory at this level keys on three-phase power and lighting systems used in commercial
installations, grounding, and bonding in accordance with National Electrical Code. Hand, ratcheting,
electric, and hydraulic conduit benders are utilized in the program. Students bend ½” through 4” conduit.
Industrial Wiring – This area of concentration centers on industrial motor controls. Students study
basic and advanced motor controls, then progress to more complex industrial control schemes used in
modern manufacturing plants today. Students gain practical skills conveying systems, electro pneumatic,
and Hydraulic control systems.
The electrical lab is one of the most modern, well equipped labs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education considers this program the “Model Program for Safety” in
career and technical schools. A very strong Occupational Advisory Committee steers the curriculum.
The Advisory Committee consists of current industrial plant foremen, merit shop contractors, and IBEW
electrical workers. These active trade practitioners keep the program up to date. Employability of
steady, family sustaining wage jobs is the norm for students maintaining a “B” average or higher grade.
Graduates are prepared for post-secondary schooling options, and qualify for advanced and articulated
credits to many in and out-of-state colleges. Experienced electrical construction and industrial
maintenance personnel often earn over $100,000 per year. Demand is high, and the employment outlook
is excellent as shortages of skilled electrical workers are expected in the near future.
Good reading comprehension and math skills are an asset to incoming students, as this is a heavily
theory based program. Students are responsible for purchasing safety clothing and work boots for the
program. All tools, equipment, supplies, and books are provided free of charge.
• Electrical Assemblers
• Electrical Sales
• Electric/Mechanical Technician
• Electrical & Instrumentation Technician
• Telecommunications Installer
- Electrical Assembler
- Electric Meter Installer – Helper
- Electric/Mechanical Technician