Electrical Systems Technology

Electrical Systems Technology

The Electrical Systems Technology curriculum is designed to provide training for those interested in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems found in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.

What You Will Learn

Training, most of which is hands-on, will include such topics as AC/DC theory, basic wiring practices, programmable logic, controllers, industrial motor controls, the National Electric Code, and other subjects as local needs require. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • read and interpret prints, diagrams, and schematics that relate to the electrical industry
  • choose wiring methods that would be appropriate to the electrical conditions
  • interpret and apply the local, state, and national codes as they relate to any given electrical conditions; the possible conditions would be residential, commercial, and industrial environments
  • perform energy management calculations
  • install simple and complex electrical control wiring, using both relay logic and programmable logic controllers
  • program programmable logic controllers to perform simple control functions as well as advanced functions such as sub-routines, math functions, and data moves

Graduates of this program should qualify for a variety of careers in the electrical field as an on-the-job trainee or apprentice.  

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

The benefits of studying electrical systems technology at Central Piedmont include affordable tuition, day/evening classes, student support services, dedicated and experienced instructors, the opportunity to gain career-ready skills in two years or fewer, a friendly, diverse campus environment, and paid work-based learning programs available for those who qualify. Our program is approved for workplace learning opportunities while you are in school — Central Piedmont has an entire department dedicated to connecting students with applicable work based learning opportunities such as cooperative education (co-op), internships, and/or apprenticeships. Instead of attending “class” in a traditional classroom, during a workplace learning course you work with an employer in a position directly related to electrical systems technology for a semester.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science or several specialized certificates in electrical systems technology. The associate degree provides more in-depth exploration of programmable logic controller, estimating, and energy management. The certificates offer the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge in specific areas of electrical installation and maintenance. The college catalog details the electrical systems technology program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Apprenticeship Credit

    Upon successful completion of an electrical apprenticeship training program you can apply for curriculum credits toward an associate degree. Based on the American Council on Education you may receive the following credits towards the associate degree:

    • four-year apprentice: 31 credits
    • five-year apprentice: 43 credits

    The following steps must be completed:

    • complete and submit the Central Piedmont Admissions application and apply and be accepted to the electrical systems technology program
    • complete required placement test and meet with an advisor at Harper Campus

    You will need to provide the following:

    • State Department  of Labor Certificate of Apprenticeship training
    • US Department of Labor Certificate of Apprenticeship training
    • NCCER Transcripts
    • American Council on Education Registry of  Credit Recommendations

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer electrical systems technology course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Electrical Systems Technology Program Requirements

    Work-based learning is an elective in the associate degree and is required for some certificates. Upon successful completion of an electrical apprenticeship training program you can apply for curriculum credits toward an associate degree; you will need to provide a State Department of Labor Certificate of Apprenticeship training, a U.S. Department of Labor Certificate of Apprenticeship training, NCCER transcripts, and American Council on Education Registry of  Credit Recommendations. For detailed information on electrical systems technology course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

  • Locations

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab and Online)

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Electrical Systems Technology Careers

    Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in the electrical systems technology field as an on-the-job trainee or apprentice, assisting in the layout, installation, and maintenance of electrical/electronics systems. Getting into the electrical trade without school is possible, but advancement opportunities will be slow. With training at Central Piedmont, advancement, including raises and additional job responsibilities, will be easier to come by. The electrical trade is a licensure craft, which means you must pass an exam to receive a license. There are few people who can pass the state contractor exam or local journeyman exam without formal training. When entering the trade, students may enter an approved apprenticeship program, and the contact hours earned in this program will count toward the required hours.

    Employers include local, statewide, and out-of-state electrical contractors, government industrial and manufacturing companies, electrical manufacturers, and wholesale houses. Benefits vary widely within this industry. However, larger companies will usually offer some form of medical and/or dental coverage, provide some type of retirement savings such as 401K plan, and based on longevity with the company, time off for holidays and/or vacations. Smaller companies will usually not be able to afford the full range of benefits described. Careers that are in high demand are commercial electricians, residential electricians, industrial electricians, control electricians, maintenance electricians, estimators, supervisors, and inside and outside sales associates. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed electrical systems technology career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and AId

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

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