Graduates of the program start a career as drafters, designers, estimators, or project managers at engineering firms or electrical contractor companies. Students receive training in fundamental electrical theory and application; motors, transformers and generators; electrical control systems; electrical installations and wiring; electrical safety; drafting and designing power, lighting and low voltage systems; lighting calculations; power system analysis; cost estimation; CSI specifications and project management.
The National Electrical Code (NEC) is studied extensively. Students learn to think like a designer, learning crucial problem-solving skills as they advance through the program. Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical skills students learn as well as enhance oral and written communication skills, fundamental math skills and critical thinking ability. Students also complete a capstone electrical engineering/construction project that integrates and documents all aspects of drafting, designing, specifying, analyzing, estimating and managing.
Degree Information: Graduates earn an associate of Applied Science degree; the program takes two years (four semesters) to complete.
Common Job Titles
Electrical Drafter; Estimator; Electrical Designer
Parsons Electric; Michaud Cooley Erickson; Egan Companies
National Median Salary
SOURCE: Based on the 2012-2013 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, www.bls.gov