Electrical (ELEC)



160A Introduction to Electrical Construction I - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49 and Mathematics 46, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5, W5 and M40.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Electrical 60A or 301A.
This course provides the electrical worker with instruction in general construction site safety, measurements and formulas, use of hand and power tools, interpretation of blueprints, basic rigging techniques and methods used to move equipment and materials. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

160B Introduction to Electrical Construction II - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 60A, 160A or 301A, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Electricity 60B or 301B.
This course provides the electrical student with instruction in basic principles of electrical safety and hazard procedures, including working with toxics and vapors. Students are also provided with instruction in techniques used to hand bend conduits and install anchors and supports. Additional instruction included an introduction to basic electrical theory and test equipment, the use of National Electric Code (NEC) boxes, fittings and conductors, and the interpretation of related electrical blueprints and commercial/ industrial/residential symbols, diagrams and schematics used for wiring. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

165A Intermediate Electrical Construction I - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 60B, 160B or 301B, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Electricity 65A or 302A.
This course is an intermediate study of electrical techniques. Topics include the principles of alternating currents, the characteristics of circuits, transformers, motor theory applications, grounding purposes and methods, National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for conduit bending, types of bends, specifications for boxes and fittings, and location considerations. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

165B Intermediate Electrical Construction II - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Electricity 65A, 165A or 302A, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Electricity 65B or 302B.
This course covers the installation of connections for conductor termination and splices; use of cable pulling instruments and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and National Electrical Code (NEC) standards for cable tray; installation of electrical service and related components and equipment; use of material take-off methods and troubleshooting techniques; identification of ratings for current breakers and fuses and regulations for sizing use, and installation of relay switches, conductors and overrides; electrical lighting principles, types and applications. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

170A Advanced Electrical Construction I - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electrical 165B (formerly Electrical 65B) or 302B with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Building Construction Technology 212 or Electrical 303A or 70A.
This course is an advanced study of electrical techniques. Topics include branch load calculations for circuits and varied electrical appliances, electrical conductors, devices used for overprotection of loads, currents, circuits and fuses, fill requirements for boxes/ raceways, principles of wiring devices, switches and receptacles, requirements for distribution equipment, settings for voltage, switch gear, circuits and components, distribution system transformers, National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, and troubleshooting. This course is designed for students in the Electrical program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

170B Advanced Electrical Construction II - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electrical 170A (formerly Electrical 70A) or 303A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Building Construction Technology 213 or Electrical 303B or 70B.
This course provides the electrical worker with instruction in basic lighting and National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for indoor and outdoor lighting. Topics include introductory motor basics, including calculations, transformers, instruments for testing, wiring, protection, maintenance, and troubleshooting for various types of motors and motor controls. This course also covers an introduction to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and refrigeration theory, including compressors, operating systems and system maintenance equipment, and safety requirements. The principles of combustion, hazardous materials, their reactions in varied locations, and the use of safety equipment is also included in this course. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

175A Electrical Construction Specialties I - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electrical 170B (formerly Electrical 70B) or 303B with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Building Construction Technology 222 or Electrical 304A or 75A.
This course provides the electrical worker with instruction in calculations for wiring commercial and residential dwellings and National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for lighting and specialty fixtures. Topics include the standby emergency electrical systems and system applications, disconnect switches, feeder and branch circuits for direct current (DC) systems, theory and operating principles for solid-state devices, operational amplifier circuits, transformers and components of fire alarm and security systems, and installation methods for smoke and heat detectors. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

175B Electrical Construction Specialties II - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electrical 175A (formerly Electrical 75A) or 304A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Building Construction Technology 223 or Electrical 304B or 75B.
This course is designed to provide the electrical worker with advanced instruction in controls for motors, starters, relays, switches and transformers as well as in the installation and connection of gas burner controls and commercial and industrial Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) control systems. Topics also include National Electrical Code (NEC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for connecting and grounding varied welding machines, installation and protection of heat-tracing and freeze protection equipment, principles and maintenance of motors, and selection of materials and tools required for high voltage termination/splices according to manufacturer's specifications. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

270 Electrical Work Experience - Hours by Arrangement (One unit of credit is earned for each 75 hours of paid employment or 60 hours of volunteer work.), 1-4 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Completion of English 42 and English 43, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R4 and W4.
he Electrical Work Experience program is designed to provide an opportunity to extend occupational learning through employment and coordinate the on-the -job training and the classroom instruction. The goals and learning objectives will be designed by the student cooperatively with the employer and Work Experience instructor/coordinator. (FT) AA/AS.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.