Electrical Technology Program


Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The Electrical Technology Program is a curriculum designed to teach courses in basic electricity, solid
state devices, basic wiring, transformers, fluid power, national electric code, motor controls, programmable logic controls, ac/dc drives, industrial robotics, technical communications and mathematics. The course is deigned not only for training beginners, but also for training electricians currently employed in the field.

The mission of the Electrical Technology Program is to provide certificate and associates degree programs that provide theoretical and experiential courses that prepare students for employment, workplace advancement, and/or personal enrichment. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Electrical Program may become employed as an Industrial Electrician, Control Technician, Industrial Electrical Maintenance Technician, Instrumentation Technician, PLC Programmer or Industrial Electrical Inspector.

Additional information available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Skills Needed

Successful Electricians are in good physical condition; have above average agility and dexterity and possess above average color vision in order to identify electrical wires. It is also beneficial for electricians working in the construction field to have a basic knowledge of Spanish.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings for Electricians as reported by the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:
Median hourly earnings of $23.98
The middle 50 percent earn between $17.00 and $29.88 hourly
The highest 10 percent earn more than $38.18 an hour

Course Requirements

The program offers an Associate Degree in Applied Technology - Electrical Technology, a Career Entry Certificate -Electrical Technology, a Career Skills Certificate -in Residential Electricity and Wiring, and a Career Skills Certificate - Electrical Controls.  

Types of Programs Offered

Click to view the courses required for each certificate or degree option.

Short Term Certificate

Estimated Program Cost

Electrical Technology (ELT)

Award Level Credit Hours Est. Tuition/Fees Est. Books Est. Total Cost
Career Entry Certificate 59 $7,729.00 $1,500.00 $9,229.00
Electrical Controls and Residential Elec and Wiring) (STC) 29 $3,799.00 $600.00 $4,399.00

*Cost estimates based on Fall 2011 Tuition/Fees.  Subject to change without notice.

Advisory Committee

Mr. Melvin McCann
Process Engineer, Alpha Pet

Mr. Doug Smith
Electrical Inspector, City of Huntsville

Mr. Eric Weber
Plans Examiner, City of Huntsville

Click here to contact the Electrical Program or call 256.551.3157.