George Mason University
What you will learn
- Electrical Systems
- Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, Kaizen, and TPM
- 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
- You will be given a 20-piece tool kit from IDEAL Electrical to help ensure you launch your career with the tools needed for success
- 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
- Math Fundamentals
- Math: Fractions and Decimals
- Units of Measurement
- Basics of Tolerance
- Blueprint Reading
- Geometry: Lines and Angles
- Geometry: Triangles
- Geometry: Circles and Polygons
- Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem
- Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, Tangent
- Statistics 231
- Basic Measurement
- Introduction to GD&T
- Major Rules of GD&T
- Inspecting a Prismatic Part
- Inspecting a Cylindrical Part
- Intro to OSHA
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation
- Respiratory Safety
- Lockout/Tagout Procedures
- SDS and Hazard Communication
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Walking and Working Surfaces
- Fire Safety and Prevention
- Flammable/Combustible Liquids
- Safety for Lifting Devices
- Powered Industrial Truck Safety
- Confined Spaces
- Environmental Safety Hazards
- Machine Guarding
- Quality and Manufacturing Management
- Lean Manufacturing Overview
- Essentials of Leadership
- Essentials of Communication
- ISO 9001: 2015 Review
- Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow
- Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I
- Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste
- Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II
- Managing Performance: Best Practices
- Approaches to Maintenance
- Managing Performance: Corrective Actions
- Total Productive Maintenance
- Conflict Resolution Principles
- 5S Overview
- Conflict Resolution for Different Groups
- Team Leadership
- Intro to Six Sigma
- Quality and Customer Service
- Manufacturing Management
- Personal Effectiveness
- Conducting Kaizen Events
- Managing the Diverse Workplace
- SPC Overview
- Harassment and Discrimination
- TS 16949:2009 Overview
- Interpreting Blueprints
- Performance Management and the Law
- Metrics for Lean
- Process Flow Charting
- Strategies for Setup Reduction
- Preventative Maintenance for Fluid Systems
- Management Tools: Problem Solving
- Six Sigma Goals and Tools
- Safety for Metal Cutting
- Metal Cutting Fluid Safety
- Introduction to CAD and CAM for Machining
- Electrical/Mechanical Systems and Motor Controls
- Electrical Units
- Safety for Electrical Work
- Forces of Machines
- Introduction to Circuits
- Relays, Contactors, and Motor Starters
- Introduction to Magnetism
- DC Circuit Components
- Distribution Systems
- NEC Overview
- AC Fundamentals
- Electrical Instruments
- Electrical Print Reading
- DC Power Sources
- AC Power Sources
- Conductor Selection
- Series Circuit Calculations
- Introduction to Electric Motors
- Parallel Circuit Calculations
- Symbols and Diagrams for Motors
- Logic and Line Diagrams
- Battery Selection
- Limit Switches and Proximity Sensors
- Basics of Siemens PLCs
- Intro to PLCs
- Siemens PLC Hardware
- Hardware for PLCs
- Siemens PLC Communication
- Networking for PLCs
- Siemens PLC Inputs and Outputs
- PLC Inputs and Outputs
- Siemens Human Machine Interfaces
- Siemens SIMATIC Modular PLCs
- Hand-Held Programmers of PLCs
- Overview of PLC Registers
- Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 PLCs
- Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLCs
- Siemens Safety Integrated for Factory Automation
- Automated Systems and Control
- Robot Troubleshooting
- Robot Maintenance
- Robot Installations
- Industrial Network Integration
- Intro to Fastener Threads
- Overview of Threaded Fasteners
- Tools for Threaded Fasteners
- Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners
- Intro to Fastener Ergonomics
- Properties for Fasteners
- Understanding Torque
- Threaded Fastener Selection
This is not an instructor-facilitated program; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- 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.
You will also receive the IDEAL Electrical Residential Electrician's Tool Kit.
The 20-piece tool kit includes a tool carrier bag featuring the following items:
- 4 Pliers
- 6 Screwdrivers
- 6 Specialty Hand Tools
- 2 Wire Strippers
- 2 Electrical Testers
Material Fees are non-refundable upon registration.
Please note: Due to the high cost of these items, tools will not be shipped until 10 days after your start date.
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.
Electrical technician training can lead to a high-demand career with rewarding pay. ZipRecruiter states that the average salary for electrical technicians is $56,240 per year, with opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location, and years of experience.
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.
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.
Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our 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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