Build Your Story in the Electrical Technology
A highly sought after tradesman, the electrician provides the lifeblood to any industrial, construction or business project. Everyone needs to plug in to proceed. In WACTC Electrical Technology program, we provide the training required to begin a satisfying and salable career in a variety of related fields, from construction contractors to safety inspectors. As part of this training, students visit a wide variety of job sites to explore the many aspects of the electrical industry.
Through a combined project including the Career Center, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), and the National Center for Construction Education and Research, credits will be awarded by NEIT and the Community College of Rhode Island for successful completion of the NCCER Electricity program. Students are also awarded college credits toward a future electrical license.
Students in their senior year participate in numerous internships at a vast array of electrical companies across Rhode Island.
Students earn their OSHA safety card which is required for work on any construction site. Hard copy certificates are given to students upon completion of National Center for Construction Education and Research coursework.
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) provide the nationally validated curriculum. NCCER is the curriculum used and supported by the Rhode Island Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and National Joint Apprenticeship Committee curriculum are also used.
The focus in year one is residential wiring. Covered are electrical theory, AC and DC circuits, series and parallel circuitry, material identification, technical reporting. In our onsite demonstration house, students build a complete 100 amp service.
The year two focus is commercial wiring. Students learn the skills needed for major electrical installations such as installing raceways, coupling, connecting, clipping. Fire alarm and security systems as well as troubleshooting are included. Students move into cutting edge technology when they learn how to install and maintain photovoltaic (solar) energy systems.
Electric motors and motor controls; motor theory; troubleshooting; electrical generation, transmission and distribution; transformers are major topics. In preparation for internships, employability skills are developed