Electrical Wiring

Program Description

  • The Electrical Wiring program is designed to integrate shop-based and off-site learning experiences including the school-sponsored house construction project. Students will master wiring methods used in commercial, industrial and residential wiring, blueprint reading, electrical code, and operating principles of motors, transformers, photovoltaic systems and controlling circuits. In a field that will grow with the economy and population, electricians install, test, and maintain electrical systems. Electrical Wiring is a licensed trade that requires not only highly technical knowledge and skill but also a thorough understanding of the Massachusetts State Electrical Code. Students gain up to 1,500 of the 8,000 hours of practical experience needed doing electrical projects in shop, repairs for the school and working on off-campus construction projects and 300 of the 600 electrical theory and code hours needed. Talents and aptitudes needed for success in the electrical trades include good math and English skills, initiative, self-discipline and the ability to work under pressure.

Course Content

    • Electrical Safety Practices
    • Hand/Power Tools Usage
    • Construction Math
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Electrical Safety
    • Switch Control of Lighting
    • Boxes and Fittings
    • Hand Bending
    • Anchors and Fasteners
    • Electrical Code
    • Conductors
    • Residential Wiring
    • Outlet Boxes
    • Construction Site Safety
    • Electrical Material and Pricing
    • Branch Circuit Calculations
    • Residential Service Calculations
    • Instruments and Meters
    • Transformer Selection, Application and Connections
    • Fundamentals of AC Motors
    • Motor Branch Circuit Design and Protection
    • Motor Control Wiring
    • Hazardous Locations
    • Fire Alarm Systems
    • Large Box and Cable Applications
    • Sustainability & Green Technologies

Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates

    • Carron Electric
    • East Coast Electrical Contractors, Inc.
    • Gallant Electric
    • Griffin Electric
    • Precision Electric
    • William F. Fitzmaurice Electric 

Advisory Committee Partners

    • Bizier Electric
    • East Coast Electrical Contractors, Inc.
    • Fredrick Bodge
    • Gallant Electric
    • Giacchetto Electric
    • James Kennedy
    • Mercer Electric
    • New England Power Group
    • Precision Electric
    • Standard Electric
    • Town of Arlington

Industry Certifications

    • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Safety
    • EPA Certificate
    • Section 608 EPA Certification
    • Universal R-410A Certifi cation

Possible Career Pathways

    • Air Balancing
    • Alarm Installation and Repair
    • Apprentice/Helper
    • Burglar/Fire Alarm Technician
    • Business Owner
    • Cable Employee
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electrical Maintenance
    • Electrical Sales Representative
    • Journeyman Electrician
    • Master Electrician
    • Utility Company Trainee
    • Utility Line Construction

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Starting Salary

    • Electrician Journeyman
      $41,142 - $64,094
    • Electrician - Certified
      $39,884 - $66,437
    • Maintenance Electrician
      $40,227 - $61,436
    • Project Manager - Construction
      $53,993 - $92,609

    *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Website: bls.gov/ooh

College Partners

    • Central Maine Community College
    • New England Institute of Technology
    • Wentworth Institute of Technology