Academic Catalog

Apprenticeship - General Electrician

Program Description

The General Electrician program consists of a comprehensive course of study necessary for career success as a General Electrician. This program is intended to meet the "whole program status" as required by the Department of Apprenticeship Standards. Graduates will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to function as general electricians including foundation sciences, mathematics, safety, plan and code reading, as well as necessary job based skills. Upon completion of required work experience and hours, graduates will be qualified to take the State certification examination and work as electricians. Career opportunities for qualified general electricians in the constructions trades are very diverse. Depending on the student's career interest and courses taken, graduates find employment as General Electricians in commercial, industrial, and residential areas, voice data video technicians, fire/life safety technicians, or non-residential lighting technicians.

The Residential Wireman program is offered in partnership with Santa Clara County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. This 3-year apprenticeship program provides students with paid on-the-job training and in-class instruction with no tuition fee. The students will learn how to install and connect electrical systems in homes, condos and apartments, and how to maintain basic electrical and power distribution systems within a residential environment.

Learn more about the program on the Apprenticeship website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students gain hands-on experience as they work on electrical systems and component wiring to include: power distribution systems, electrical panels, wiring, conduit, piping, test equipment, transformers, motors, grounding, over-current protection, security, solar and home automation systems. These specialized skills are acquired through on-the-job training and classroom instruction and lead to employment in the construction and service industry. After five years of classroom and work experience, students who pass the state license exam are recognized as journeypersons in the electrical trades industry.

Residential Wireman students will be able to identify the tools and the materials used in residential wiring, to calculate values using Ohm's Law in D/C series, parallel and combination circuits, to identify architectural and mechanical symbols on residential drawings, and to read and to analyze blueprints, diagram structured wiring systems.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of all course requirements and 8,000 hours of related work experience for a Inside Wireman, graduates will be eligible for the State certified Electrician Examination. Depending on the student's career interest and courses taken, graduates find employment as General Electricians in commercial, industrial, and residential areas, voice data video technicians, fire/life safety technicians, solar and photovoltaic installers and non-residential lighting technicians.

Upon completion of all course requirements and 4000 hours for Residential Wireman, graduates will be eligible for the State Electrician certification and will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Residential Wireman from Foothill College and an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). Depending on the student's career interest, graduates find employment as residential electrician, foreman, contractor, and educator.

Award Type(s)

  • AS = Associate in Science Degree
  • CA = Certificate of Achievement

Units Required

  • Major: 40-46
  • Certificate(s): 18-46

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

 A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (40-46 units)


Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree or certificates.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
APEL 120ORIENTATION TO THE ELECTRICAL TRADE4-5
or APEL 120A ORIENTATION TO THE ELECTRICAL TRADE, CPR & FIRST AID
APEL 121ELECTRON THEORY; BASIC BLUEPRINT READING; DC THEORY; NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE INTRODUCTION4-5
or APEL 121A ELECTRON THEORY; AC & DC ELECTRICAL THEORY; NEC INTRODUCTION; PARALLEL & COMBINATION CIRCUITS
APEL 122CODEOLOGY; TEST EQUIPMENT; PIPE BENDING; BLUEPRINTS4-5
or APEL 122A CODEOLOGY; NEC CODE; TEST EQUIPMENT; PIPE BENDING; BLUEPRINTS
APEL 123AC THEORY; TRANSFORMERS; INTERMEDIATE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE4-5
or APEL 123A GROUNDING & BONDING, OVERCURRENT PROTECTION, CODE & PRACTICES, BLUEPRINTS, CODEOLOGY SKILLS
APEL 124DC/AC THEORY REVIEW; ELECTRONICS; INDUSTRIAL BLUEPRINTS4-5
or APEL 124A DC/AC THEORY REVIEW; ELECTRONICS; INDUSTRIAL BLUEPRINTS; TRANSFORMERS, GROUNDING; ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
APEL 125NEC GROUNDING; OVERCURRENT PROTECTION; TRANSFORMER CONNECTIONS4-5
or APEL 125A FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS, EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, PUBLIC EMERGENCY SYSTEMS
APEL 126MOTORS; MOTOR CONTROL; LIGHTING PROTECTION4
APEL 127DIGITAL ELECTRONICS; MOTOR SPEED CONTROL; ADVANCED NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE4
APEL 128PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS; LOW-VOLTAGE SYSTEMS & HIGH-VOLTAGE SYSTEMS4
APEL 129NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE REVIEW4
Total Units40-46

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Inside Wireman

  • Units: 40-46

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.

Currently offered at: San Francisco and San Jose.

Certificate of Achievement in Residential Wireman

  • Units: 18
APEL 112RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION; TELEPHONE SYSTEMS3
APEL 113RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS: BASIC SECURITY, SOLAR POWER, HOME AUTOMATION & LIFE SAFETY3
APEL 135RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL ORIENTATION; SAFETY & CODE INTRODUCTION3
APEL 136RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL D/C THEORY; BLUEPRINT READING3
APEL 137RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL A/C THEORY & CIRCUITRY3
APEL 138RESIDENTIAL WIRING LAYOUT & INSTALLATION3
Total Units18


Currently offered at: San Jose.