Choose this program to prepare for an exciting career as an electrician. Students become registered “electrician trainees” with the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries and are awarded work experience hours upon completion. Occupational choices are extensive in the field; many graduates work in the construction industry, while others work in manufacturing or maintenance.
In BTC’s Electrician program, you’ll learn how to install, maintain, and repair residential, commercial, industrial and renewable electrical systems. You will also learn how to read blueprints and schematics, bend and install conduits, program VFDs and PLCs, and troubleshoot circuits.
After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:
- 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.
- Design, analyze, and diagnose basic electrical systems through the application of electrical theory fundamentals.
- Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant service and branch circuits found in a typical residential setting.
- Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant branch and lighting circuits found in a typical commercial setting.
- Utilize proper tools, materials, and test equipment to construct a variety of code compliant branch, signal, and control circuits found in a typical industrial setting.
- Summarize the financial and regulatory scope of the electrical industry including government fees, jobsite overhead, business operating expenses, time management, and cost of materials.
- Communicate clearly and effectively with team members, supervisors, and others in the workplace, using trade terminology, drawings, blueprints, and other documents.
- Demonstrate professional conduct conducive to the work environment including punctuality, safety, reliability and customer service.
- Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment, repair, or updating and to ensure compliance with codes.
Program Entry Information
This program is scheduled to accept new students in the following quarters: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, and Spring 2019. Program seats are offered to students who meet the testing requirements on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a C or better.
- ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better.
- ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better.
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 1,472 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.
Electricians deal with color coded wires on a daily basis, making it vital for all electricians to be able to see color.
ProgramsAssociate of Applied Science
Associate of Applied Science - Transfer