Electrical Systems Technology

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[A35130] Associate in Applied Science Degree
[D35130] Diploma
[C35130] Certificate
[C35130A] PLC Certificate
[C35130B] Wiring Certificate

The Electronic Systems Technology curriculum is designed to provide training for persons interested in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems found in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.

Course work, most of which is hands-on, will include such topics as AC/DC theory, basic wiring practices, programmable logic controllers, industrial motor controls, applications of the National Electric Code and other subjects as local needs require.

Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in the electrical field as an on-the-job trainee or apprentice assisting in the layout, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems.


COMPETENCIES

Upon successful completion of the Electrical Systems Technology program, the student should be able to:

  • Plan and construct Residential/Commercial/Industrial wiring circuits.
  • Analyze, explain, program and troubleshoot electrical, electronics, and fluid controls including programmable logic controllers and robotics used in industry.
  • Solve, construct, analyze, and troubleshoot electronic circuits.
  • Classify, analyze, explain, and troubleshoot DC and AC circuits.
  • Show proficiency in the use of digital and analog test equipment.

 

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

The Electronic Systems Technology Curriculum is designed to provide training for persons interested in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems found in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. To effectively train Electrical Systems Technology professionals, the performance of certain functions is incorporated throughout the program. Faculty and students are required to demonstrate proficiency of these functions in the Electrical Systems Technology program. The essential functions include:

  1. Critical Thinking: critical thinking sufficient enough to use logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. For example, designing an electrical system for a building.
  2. Interpersonal Skills: interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with co-workers under physically and mentally demanding environmental conditions. For example, working with other students and faculty.
  3. Communication Skills: communication skills sufficient enough to communicate in class and shop using electrical terms and safety practices pertaining to wiring. For example, being able to communicate procedures pertaining to wiring.
  4. Physical skills: physical abilities sufficient to perform electrical skills in a hot (90+degree) and cold environment, dexterity to perform electrical procedures in all positions. For example, installing overhead luminaries.
  5. Weight-bearing: weight-bearing ability sufficient to lift and carry weight up to 50 Pounds. For example, lifting and installing electrical switchgear.
  6. Visual: visual skills sufficient to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer) with or without corrective lenses. For example, being able to see and identify minute details of electrical equipment.
  7. Visual Color Discrimination: visual color discrimination ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. For example, being able to wire three­ way and four-way switches.
  8. Listening: listening skills sufficient to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. For example, listening to faculty and customers' assessment of problem.
  9. Monitoring: monitoring ability sufficient to monitor/assess performance of yourself, others, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. For example, being able to recognize defects and being able to repair it. Information Ordering: information ordering ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). For example, designing the electrical system of a building.
  10. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

EXAMPLES ARE NOT ALL INCLUSIVE.
Randolph Community College is an ADA compliant institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability related accommodations. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program.