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2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog 
2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Choose this program to prepare for an exciting career as an electrician. Occupational choices are extensive in the field; many graduates work in the construction industry, while others work as maintenance electricians. Electricians are in high demand by local manufacturers, too.

In BTC’s Electrician program, you’ll learn how to install, maintain, and repair electrical systems, as well as how to read blueprints, install conduit, program PLCs, and test circuits. You can put your valuable skills to work with electrical equipment distributors, industrial manufacturing plants, communications companies, and electrical utility companies.

Typical career choices for graduates include apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical equipment technician, or telephone technician.

Program Outcomes

  • Design, analyze, and diagnose basic electrical systems through the application of electrical theory fundamentals
  • Ensure safe work practices and installations through compliance with national, state, and local regulations and industry standards including the National Electrical Code and WAC/RCW.
  • Use proper tools and test equipment to construct and maintain power, lighting, signaling, and control systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings
  • Install new and modify existing electrical systems and components utilizing appropriate wiring methods and materials
  • Estimate costs of labor and material for small electrical projects
  • Communicate clearly with team members, supervisors, and others in the workplace, effectively using oral communication as well as drawings, blueprints, and other documents
  • Exhibit professional and personal conduct and appearance appropriate to the workplace

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program scheduled to accept new students in the following quarters; Winter 2016, Winter 2017, and Fall 2017.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade inMATH 090   or ABE 050  .
  • ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085  , and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092  .

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Electrician AAS Degree and Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater. AAS-T Degree requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of C/2.0 for all academic courses.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Graduates can be credited with up to 1472 supervised work experience hours per RCW 19.28.191 and WAC 296-46b-940. In order to receive the approved experience hours students must have an electrical trainee card from L&I prior to enrolling in the program.

Physical Requirements

  • Electricians deal with color coded wires on a daily basis, making it vital for all electricians to be able to see color.


    Associate of Applied Science
    Associate of Applied Science - Transfer

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