The Electrical wiring program is a Chapter 74 approved program designed to instruct students in the theories related to electricity, the construction and implementation of electrical circuitry and the usage of various wiring methods. Students are instructed by lecture, demonstration and observance of performance with the aid of, and in accordance with, the National Electrical Code book. Students utilize retained knowledge and manipulate hand, power and diagnostic tools to perform a multitude of electrical projects.
Students explore all vocational programs available through the Tech Awareness Program. At the completion of freshmen year students will have been introduced to basic electrical theory, basic wiring methods and techniques, the selection and proper use of hand tools associated with the trade and safe working habits.
Upon completion of sophomore year students will have been introduced to, and display competence in, the installation of various wiring methods, reading and interpreting electrical blueprints and navigating and interpreting the National Electrical Code book.
Students will earn an OSHA certificate (occupational safety and health administration) after receiving training for job site safety by a certified OSHA instructor. Juniors will develop skills in motor control and transformer installations. A major focus of the junior year is the “outside building program”.
A wide range of projects from residential housing to commercial building, and maintenance are typical. Students learn to work on projects with other trades using the latest products and building materials and technologies.
During senior year the student is required to develop a resume and a portfolio listing student achievements, community service provided, and vocational competencies obtained by the student. Green technology projects such as photovoltaic, wind power and hydroelectric power generation will be explored. Some projects become permanent installations providing “green power” such as the Sholan farms solar electric project and the CTEi solar electric project.
Seniors and Juniors that meet the eligibility requirements are able to participate in the co-op program. Students must maintain the appropriate QPR level and have the approval of all vocational, academic staff, administrators, and parents or guardians. Clock hours spent in the “Related” classroom and shop are documented and applicable to hours needed for the completion of apprenticeship training to be eligible for the Massachusetts journeyman electricians’ license exam.