Electrical Construction Technician


The Electrical Construction Technician program is designed to train students for an entry level position in the electrical construction field for residential and commercial projects. The program includes theoretical and hands-on course in the installation of residential and commercial projects.

Program Description

This consists of a skill-oriented program where the student is introduced to the fundamental of electricity with modern tools, equipment and practice for the correct selection and installation as required by National Electrical Code.

Entrance Requirements or Prerequisites

The student must have a High School Diploma or its recognized equivalent (GED). Students who do not have a High School Diploma, or who have not passed the General Education Development (GED) Test, but are beyond the compulsory age of education in the State of Florida, and who have demonstrate that they posses Ability to Benefit (ATB) from the training offered must pass the ATB exam with a minimum score of 15/50 for the Scholastic Level IV entrance exam.


2 Terms - 28.5 CR/HR, 840 CO/HR+60Hrs outside works, 42 Weeks.

Program Outline  
ECT 101Fundamental of Electricity2303060-
ECT 102Computer Applications2303060-
ECT 104Principles and Applic. of Electricity I2303060-
ECT 106Electric Motors2303060-
ECT 207Residential Wiring I2303060-
ECT 208Residential Wiring II2303060-
ECT 209Commercial Wiring I230306010
ECT 210Commercial Wiring II230306010
ECT 211NEC Study I230306010
ECT 212NEC Study II230306010
ECT 213Green Building Basics230306010
ECT 214Project Estimator2303060-
ECT 215Blue Print and Specifications2303060-
ECT 216Electrical Systems230306010
Program Fees  



Registration Fee


Total Tuition & Registration Fee


Books and supplies


Total Program Cost


1 - Books and supplies are purchased by the student

2 - This program requires 60 clock hours of outside work

Course Description  

ECT – 101 Fundamentals of Electricity

The course covers the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism, include atom theory and matter, sources of electrical energy, Ohm's law, applications and solutions and the solutions of series and parallel circuits, AC and DC problems circuits, including the study of inductance, capacitance, active power, reactive power and power factor. Others topics include: Wire size selection and calculation, electrical protection, fuses, breakers, internal overload, control transformers and power transformers. In the course of electricity technology students will learn to use the Ohmmeter, AC clap-on ammeter and capacitance meter.

ECT – 102 Computer Applications

This course contains the following material: Introduction to fundamentals in operating systems. The course will use MS DOS and discussions about text editor, batch processing, types of commands, directory files, memory partitions, and auto execution modes. This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of MS WINDOWS, such as, program and printer manager, setup, copy and paste, opening and closing applications, and an introduction to e-mail.

ECT – 104 Principles and Applications of Electricity I

Study the basic components of electric systems. Refresh the use of pressure gages, electrical testing devices. Review rules on safety and Electrical diagrams from units. Check electrical components, logic procedures to locate faults electrical and mechanical.

ECT –106 Electric Motors

A study of the general principles and operation of electrical motors. Topics include: types of motors: the induction motor and hermetic type, applications, starting methods (single phase); permanent split capacitor, capacitor start (capacitor and induction start run), split phase, fan motors type: variable speed.

ECT – 207 Residential Wiring I

This course includes the study of the electrical installation and operations of the different types of electrical panel-board, branch circuits, service, lighting and protections associated with small and big residences. Also the student must be able to: Convert the two dimensional plans into and actual electrical installation and learn how to install low voltage system for houses. In the electrical lab the students will practice with panel-boards, branch circuits, breakers and fuses.

ECT – 208 Residential Wiring II

This course includes the study of the connections in the study/bedroom for the receptacles, switches, fan, and lighting. The student will be able to understand the code requirements governing the receptacles outlet for laundry areas, the National Fire Protection Association Standard #74, and discuss general National Electrical Code requirements for the installation of residential smoke, heat, and security systems. Also the student must be able to: Calculate the size of the services entrance, including the sizes of the neutral conductors and discuss the hazards of electrical shock associated with faulty wiring in, on, or near pools.

ECT– 209 Commercial Wiring I

The student must know the commercial installation procedures, must be able to read plans, and must be able to understand and interpret specifications when the construction and repair is required. Topics include: Branch circuit calculations and feeder motor loads, conductors selection procedure, voltage drop, aluminum conductors selection. In the lab the student will learn and practice troubleshooting systems according with the NEC.

ECT– 210 Commercial Wiring II

The student must know the commercial installation procedures, and must be able to understand and interpret specifications when the construction and repair is required. Topics include: NEMA configuration receptacles, motor overload protection, special systems lamps and luminaries used in commercial projects. In the lab the student will learn and practice troubleshooting systems according with the building commercial protection. (NEC)

ECT – 211 NEC Study I

This course includes technical and legal aspects of NEC. Fundamental aspects of NEC applications are covered such as over-current protection, transformers, service motors, and controllers.

ECT – 212 NEC Study II

This course includes technical and legal aspects of NEC. Fundamental aspects of NEC applications are covered such as grounding, remote control, signaling, computer and communications systems, branch circuits and feeders, calculations for commercial and industrial occupancies, and hazardous locations.

ECT – 213 Green Building Basics

Course offers an overall introduction to basic concepts of green building systems by understanding sustainability principles and whole building approach toward building construction, suppliers and material selection. It also explains USGBC LEED and NAHB guidelines. Finally, it explains national green building standards.

ECT – 214 Project Estimator

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to manually and electronically (using industry standard computer software) develop an electrical estimate for a residential and commercial design. Emphasis will be placed on compiling a take-off list of materials from blueprints, completing a bill of material and completing the final bid process. This includes a bid accuracy analysis to determine the job's selling price. The student will be able to determine material cost, labor cost, the proper application of direct cost, overhead and profit. Also, to conclude the estimate, the student will be able to write bid proposals and change orders.

ECT – 215 Blue Print and Specifications

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to understand the types of electrical drawings, electrical working drawings, and layout of electrical drawings, electrical symbols, electrical specifications, and types of building drawings such as plans, elevations, sections, and details. In addition, student will be to understand the different electrical wiring diagrams such as diagrammatic plan views showing individual building-circuit layouts, complete schematic diagrams showing all detail of connection and every wire in the circuit, one-line diagrams, and power-riser diagrams.

ECT - 216 Electrical Systems

A study of electrical circuits in heating and refrigeration systems. Topics include: electrical symbols, following schematics on real circuits, the hermetic compressor, determining the Common (C), Run (R), and Star (S) of the compressors, etc. Students will practice troubleshooting of compressors that are burned, grounded or with wrong resistance, and starting a compressor without capacitors. Other topics include the electrical systems control of central units, relays, thermostats, overload protectors transforms. Students in the shop will practice on the electrical circuit of an air conditioning unit.

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