Electrical Technician

Electricity is quite possibly the most important source of power. Electricity powers your computer, drives the machines and tools in a manufacturing shop, and lights the facilities in which people work. To maintain all this electrical equipment, electrical professionals must understand the fundamentals of electricity and the components used to generate, control, and store it. If you are looking for a stable career that is important in the everyday lives of people around you, the online...

12 Months / 120 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES773

What you will learn

  • Electrical Systems
  • Troubleshooting
  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, Kaizen, and TPM
  • GD&T
  • Production Floor Safety
  • PLC Equipment and Communication
  • Robot Maintenance and Installation

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for a career as an electrical technician, wireman, maintenance electrician, control electrician, industrial electrician, or journeyman electrician
  • Gain confidence in your ability to perform your job
  • Get the education you need in a self-paced, online format
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
  1. Math
    1. Math Fundamentals 101
    2. Math: Fractions and Decimals 111
    3. Units of Measurement 112
    4. Basics of Tolerance 121
    5. Blueprint Reading 131
    6. Geometry: Lines and Angles 151
    7. Geometry: Triangles 161
    8. Geometry: Circles and Polygons 171
    9. Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem 201
    10. Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, Tangent 211
    11. Statistics 231
  2. Inspection
    1. Basic Measurement 101
    2. Introduction to GD&T 301
    3. Major Rules of GD&T 311
    4. Inspecting a Prismatic Part 321
    5. Inspecting a Cylindrical Part 331
  3. Safety
    1. Intro to OSHA 101
    2. Personal Protective Equipment 111
    3. Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 121
    4. Respiratory Safety 131
    5. Lockout/Tagout Procedures 141
    6. SDS and Hazard Communication 151
    7. Bloodborne Pathogens 161
    8. Walking and Working Surfaces 171
    9. Fire Safety and Prevention 181
    10. Flammable/Combustible Liquids 191
    11. Ergonomics 102
    12. Safety for Lifting Devices 211
    13. Powered Industrial Truck Safety 221
    14. Confined Spaces 231
    15. Environmental Safety Hazards 241
    16. Machine Guarding 140
  4. Quality and Manufacturing Management
    1. Lean Manufacturing Overview 101
    2. Essentials of Leadership 110
    3. Essentials of Communication 120
    4. ISO 9001: 2015 Review 122
    5. Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow 124
    6. Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I 124
    7. Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste 125
    8. Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II 125
    9. Managing Performance: Best Practices 130
    10. Approaches to Maintenance 131
    11. Managing Performance: Corrective Actions 135
    12. Total Productive Maintenance 141
    13. Conflict Resolution Principles 150
    14. 5S Overview 151
    15. Conflict Resolution for Different Groups 155
    16. Team Leadership 160
    17. Intro to Six Sigma 171
    18. Quality and Customer Service 175
    19. Manufacturing Management 180
    20. Troubleshooting 181
    21. Personal Effectiveness 190
    22. Conducting Kaizen Events 191
    23. Managing the Diverse Workplace 210
    24. SPC Overview 211
    25. Harassment and Discrimination 215
    26. TS 16949:2009 Overview 221
    27. Interpreting Blueprints 230
    28. Performance Management and the Law 230
    29. Metrics for Lean 231
    30. Process Flow Charting 241
    31. Strategies for Setup Reduction 251
    32. Preventative Maintenance for Fluid Systems 261
    33. Management Tools: Problem Solving 270
    34. Six Sigma Goals and Tools 310
  5. Machining
    1. Safety for Metal Cutting 101
    2. Metal Cutting Fluid Safety 231
    3. Introduction to CAD and CAM for Machining 241
  6. Electrical/Mechanical Systems and Motor Controls
    1. Electrical Units 101
    2. Safety for Electrical Work 111
    3. Forces of Machines 121
    4. Introduction to Circuits 201
    5. Relays, Contactors, and Motor Starters 201
    6. Introduction to Magnetism 211
    7. DC Circuit Components 221
    8. Distribution Systems 221
    9. NEC Overview 231
    10. AC Fundamentals 241
    11. Electrical Instruments 251
    12. Electrical Print Reading 261
    13. DC Power Sources 271
    14. AC Power Sources 281
    15. Conductor Selection 291
    16. Series Circuit Calculations 301
    17. Introduction to Electric Motors 301
    18. Parallel Circuit Calculations 311
    19. Symbols and Diagrams for Motors 311
    20. Logic and Line Diagrams 312
    21. Battery Selection 321
    22. Limit Switches and Proximity Sensors 360
  7. PLCs
    1. Basics of Siemens PLCs 200
    2. Intro to PLCs 200
    3. Siemens PLC Hardware 210
    4. Hardware for PLCs 210
    5. Siemens PLC Communication 230
    6. Networking for PLCs 270
    7. Siemens PLC Inputs and Outputs 240
    8. PLC Inputs and Outputs 240
    9. Siemens Human Machine Interfaces 250
    10. Siemens SIMATIC Modular PLCs 260
    11. Hand-Held Programmers of PLCs 280
    12. Overview of PLC Registers 305
    13. Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 PLCs 340
    14. Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLCs 350
    15. Siemens Safety Integrated for Factory Automation 360
  8. Automation
    1. Automated Systems and Control 135
    2. Robot Troubleshooting 160
    3. Robot Maintenance 170
    4. Robot Installations 230
    5. Industrial Network Integration 260
  9. Fasteners
    1. Intro to Fastener Threads 110
    2. Overview of Threaded Fasteners 117
    3. Tools for Threaded Fasteners 120
    4. Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners 125
    5. Intro to Fastener Ergonomics 130
    6. Properties for Fasteners 200
    7. Understanding Torque 210
    8. Threaded Fastener Selection 215

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Electrical technicians help create, maintain, and repair the electronic components and equipment used in any equipment or device that involves electricity. They also can sometimes work with electricians or electrical engineers or work on site to keep machinery and specialty equipment running correctly.

According to Salary.com, the average salary for Electrical Technicians is $48,047 to $64,239 per year.

Some of the duties for an Electrical Technician include:

  • Reading blueprints and technical diagrams to determine the placement of outlets and fixtures
  • Installing wiring, outlets, and controls
  • Maintenance of electrical systems
  • Inspecting transformers and circuit breakers to ensure they are up to code
  • Identifying electrical problems using specialized tools like voltmeters, cable testers, thermal scanners, and ammeters
  • Repairing and replacing wiring and equipment using both power and hand tools
  • Training and directing fellow workers to install, maintain, and repair systems and wiring
  • Following local and state building requirements

Engineering Technicians work alongside engineers and technologists to ensure all machinery used to bring a design to life remains functional and working. Electrical technicians work on creating, maintaining, and repairing electrical equipment and components.

An Electrical Technician works on electrical systems within machinery, specialty equipment, and other commonly used devices while working in a manufacturing environment. A Residential Electrician installs, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs the wiring in residential buildings.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Electrical Technicians is expected to be sustained by the continuing integration of computer and electrical systems. There are also about 84,700 openings for electricians in general projected for each year, on average, over the decade

This course provides a wealth of information and training but does not currently include hands-on training or simulations. Due to the in-demand nature of this career, many employers are looking for people that have the applicable knowledge base and let them get hands-on training on the job.

Upon completing this course, you will receive a certificate of completion and access to the Virtual Career Center, which includes courses on resume writing, interviewing, and goal setting to be successful in your job search.

Becoming an Electrical Technician is only the beginning. Candidates that choose to go into the field can go different routes as they progress through the profession. Career paths include Maintenance Technician, Electrical Engineer, Engineering Technician Electrical, Senior Electrical Engineer, Senior Systems Engineer, and Project Manager.

Soft skills, according to Indeed.com, are personality traits and behaviors that will help candidates get hired and succeed in their work. Unlike technical skills or "hard" skills, soft skills are interpersonal and behavioral skills that help you work well with other people and develop your career.

According to Burning Glass, the top five soft skills for an Electrical Technician are Troubleshooting, Communication Skills, Preventative Maintenance, Physical Abilities, and Problem Solving.

This course currently covers the following soft skills: Troubleshooting, Problem Solving, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Customer Service, and Leadership.

This course prepares you for a job as an Electrical Technician. It also sets you on a path for career growth by providing instruction on quality management that covers employer in-demand skills such as six sigma, Kaizen, and lean. With other educational providers, you would have to take multiple courses to cover those topics, and with us, it is included in our program curriculum.

When starting a career as a residential electrician, you need to make a substantial investment in tools. To help ease the financial burden, students are eligible for a 25% discount on tools from Ideal Industries through local distributors. Please contact your Student Advisor or Instructor for more details on the discount.


Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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