Electrical Trades Program
The Electrical Trades Certificate Program provides students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and technical skills necessary to enter the field of electrical trades. A certificate is obtained by the student after successful completion of three terms and is accepted by the State of New Mexico Construction Industries Division as two years experience toward the four-year experience requirement for the State of New Mexico Journeyman Electrical Certificate (JE98).
Theory and lab courses are designed to be taken together to give students an in-depth understanding of the concepts of electrical trades.
First term students obtain knowledge and hands-on training for personal and tool safety, meter reading, electrical circuitry, electrical formulas, electrical calculations, material identification and AC/DC motor operation and troubleshooting.
Second term students are taught residential blueprint reading, application of the National Electrical Code (NEC), NM Electrical Code (NMEC) and local electrical codes, installation of branch circuits and feeders, residential services, single pole, three and four-way switch circuits, door chime installation, dryer, range and swamp cooler circuitry and conduit bending.
Third term students receive Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) compliance safety training, technical skills, power distribution systems, 3-phase services, hazardous locations, commercial blueprint reading, circuitry, 3-phase motor starters, timers, mechanical and hydraulic conduit bending, power threaders, cutting and threading of rigid metal conduit, knock-out punches, hammer-drill operation, powder actuated fasteners, cable installation, wire pulling and application of the NEC.