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Electrical technicians power our world, wiring our homes and workplaces and keeping critical systems running. We’ll be depending on these pros for decades to come. But job seekers need specialized skills and knowledge to stand out. That’s why our electrical technician program is built around getting you Day 1 Ready—able to start the first day of your new job with confidence. In our COE-accredited program, you’ll jump right in, getting hands-on training in electrical systems, led by seasoned professionals.

If you are interested in starting an electrical apprenticeship, ultimately becoming a journeyman and master electrician, our program is the perfect place to start. In less than a year*, we’ll provide the training to prepare you—mentally, emotionally, and physically—for a new career. Potential workplaces could include:

  • Residential Electrical Contractors
  • Commercial Electrical Contractors
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Building and Institutional Maintenance

NCCER CertifiedAt Vista College, our Electrical Technician diploma program is NCCER certified. Upon earning their diploma, students also earn industry-validated credentials through NCCER and have their exam scores added into the NCCER Registry System.

This electrical technician training program goes beyond basic instruction. Our personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep—help and support you won’t find at most electrical technician schools. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

The opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of Vista College and Computer Career Center, a Division of Vista College. Content published here is not read or approved by NCCER before it is posted, and does not necessarily represent the views and opinions of NCCER.

What You’ll Learn

Get hands-on instruction in the installation, servicing and maintenance of electrical systems in commercial, governmental, and residential environments. You’ll also receive training to wire outlets, connect circuits and breakers, and replace fuses and fuse boxes.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
February 8

Course Length: 1 Year *
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Lab Hours:
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* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Electrical Technician diploma program may seek employment in entry-level electrical positions.

Potential Job Titles: Apprentice Electrician, Electrical Assistant, Maintenance Technician, Vol-Light Industrial Assembler

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its trades programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course # Course Title Credits
CFT100 Basic Craft Skills 6.5
ELT101 Basic Electricity * 6.5
ELT102 Electrical Concepts * 6.5
ELT103 Electrical Equipment Installation * 6.5
ELT104 Control Systems and Applications * 6.5
ELT105 Overcurrent Protection and Commercial Systems * 6.5
ELT106 Electrical Applications * 6.5
ELT107 HVAC Electrical Systems and Special Topics * 6.5
ELT108 Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics * 6.5
ELT201 Advanced Photovoltaics * 6.5

Basic Craft Skills


This course introduces students to basic craft skills including the proper use of hand tools, power tools, and rigging. Students will receive instruction on handling techniques for hazardous and non-hazardous construction materials, basic skills in drawing and reading blue prints, and working in confined spaces. In addition, students review basic mathematical functions, communication, and job readiness skills.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Basic Electricity


Students will be instructed in the fundamental theories, knowledge, and skills pertaining to the electrical trade, and the National Electric Code (NEC). Specific topics include electrical circuits, electrical conductors, conduit bending, and electrical safety.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Electrical Concepts


Students will be instructed in the concepts of inductance and capacitance in alternating current circuits in both single and three phase power systems. The course covers ground fault interrupters, lighting, conduit bending, motor control schematics and wiring diagrams.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Electrical Equipment Installation


Students will explore control systems and how they are utilized. Topics include: Branch and Feeder Circuits, conductor selection and calculations, the practical applications of lighting, and hazardous locations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Control Systems and Applications


Students will be instructed in installation of electrical equipment. Topics include conductor installations, cable trays, conductor terminations and splices, and grounding and bonding.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Overcurrent Protection and Commercial Systems


Students will explore overcurrent protection in depth. Topics include installation of electrical services in commercial and residential applications, load calculations of feeders and service conductors, and single and three phase connections.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Electrical Applications


Students will explore different electrical applications. Topics include Voice, Data and Video, Motor Controls, Load Calculations, and Health Care Facilities.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

HVAC Electrical Systems and Special Topics


Students will be instructed in HVAC electrical systems. Topics include: HVAC control, Heat Tracing and Freeze Protection, Motor Operation and Maintenance and Electrical Systems used in Commercial Spaces.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics


This course is designed for students with previous electrical training who wish to pursue a career in the solar energy industry. This course discusses the evolution and rapid growth of solar photovoltaics, basic concepts of PV systems and components, and how to perform proper site assessments for installation of an efficient PV system that meets the customer’s needs. Various system designs and considerations regarding locations, energy output, components, and system layouts will also be covered. This is the first of two courses offered that introduces the student to the overall process and installation of solar photovoltaic systems.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Advanced Photovoltaics


This course is designed for students with a foundation in solar photovoltaic training who would like to learn advanced information. This course discusses how to interpret site assessment reports, design plans, and other technical documents. This course also discusses on-the-job safety precautions, job planning, inventory of materials, and pre-installation inspections. The installation, activation, and testing of PV modules and BOS components will also be covered. This is the last of two courses offered that introduces the student to the preparation, inspection, and installation process of solar photovoltaic systems.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

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