The Electrical Applications program, available at the Jacksonville, Florida campus only, contains seven (7) phase term courses and 27.0 semester credit hours. The objective of our electrician training program is to train and prepare students for entry-level or trainee positions in the residential, commercial, and industrial electrical industry. Students who complete these electrician courses will have an understanding of mechanical and electrical principles, residential and commercial wiring applications, voice, video, and data cabling systems, the application of motors, lighting, and devices that control them and exposure to various types of transformers. Upon successful completion of this electrician program, students will receive a Diploma.
Fundamentals of Electricity
This class provides students with basic electrical understanding from an elemental stage through trouble shooting. Trainers are used to teach schematic wiring as well as test meter usage along with all the safety processes associated with handling electrical systems such as grounding and energized circuits. Students will work with dual voltage systems commonly found in HVACR equipment. The foundation for control circuit wiring and High voltage wiring are discussed and students will put their knowledge to use while working with the trainers. The training material in this class includes information on multiple types of test meters and their proper use, electrical devices, control devices, and troubleshooting. A study of single phase and three phase motors round out the students understanding of basic electrical principles.
Fundamentals of Solar
This module provides an overview of photovoltaic (PV) science and an introduction to the fundamentals of solar energy. Through a combination of lecture, problem solving and hands-on lab exercises, students will learn the concepts and processes of photovoltaic systems, including their design and installation. The module covers the scope of solar energy systems’ conceptual, mechanical and electrical design, with an emphasis on wiring and electrical issues.
Electrical Wiring – Residential
This course introduces the most current version of the National Electrical Code Book to the students as a guide throughout the class. The primary goal of the program is to teach basic techniques of Residential wiring from the standpoint of interpreting all code book requirements. Students will put into practice all that they have learned by wiring a scaled down three bedroom home. A study of electrical safety is provided to ensure a complete understanding of hand tools, ladders, shock hazards, and the personal protective equipment required to work in this field. They will be required to safely place all wiring, circuits, switches, receptacles, lighting fixtures, and GFCI devices in the trainer according to the electrical code.
Electrical Wiring – Commercial
The Commercial wiring course follows through with concepts learned in the Residential wiring course of training delving deeper into the National Electrical Code book. Students will be tasked with code book interpretation through the study of load calculations, blue print reading, cost estimating, three phase motor wiring, and conduit manipulation. Students will wire commercial lighting and three phase motors as they research the required applications. A mock commercial building will be wired by students in accordance with applicable code using conduit to protect their wiring.
Advanced Commercial Wiring
This course builds on the knowledge gained in the commercial wiring course with continued instruction in conduit bending up to 6″ trade size using hydraulic bending equipment. This class explains the proper selection of pull boxes and junction boxes, the factors involved in conductor selection and calculations, the proper techniques for conductor installations, and the various applications necessary for conductor terminations and splices. Students will continue to advance in their ability to calculate load requirements for branch and feeder circuits in keeping with current standards of the National Electrical Code. This class will also introduce the installation of various voice, data, and video cabling systems.
Motors and Lighting Practices
This class elaborates on the characteristics of alternating current, explaining the behavior of electricity and how it functions in the application of motors, lighting, and the devices that control them. Students will learn the differences between DC and AC motors, single phase and three phase applications, how to calculate the proper sizing of motors, and how to select the motor controller, as well as overload protection. This class also covers the characteristics of light, the handling and installation of various types of lighting (incandescent, fluorescent, high intensity discharge, LED), and the controls used in their operation.
Electrical Distribution Systems
This electrical class will describe the operating characteristics of various types of transformers. Using the National Electrical Code, students will calculate transformer sizes for various applications. This module describes the purpose of switchgear, along with its construction, and maintenance. In this electrician class, students will also understand the importance of overcurrent protection, describe the various types of fuses and circuit breakers in the industry, and select the proper size for specific applications. Students will also apply their knowledge of the proper methods for grounding and bonding according to the requirements of the NEC. This electrician class describes the wiring methods for specific hazardous locations, and also introduces the installation of cable tray systems.