Residential Electrician

With booming infrastructure, new energy conservation projects, and an aging workforce, demand for skilled electricians is on the rise. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for electricians will increase 9% through 2030, with around 84,000 job openings for electricians estimated each year.

The Residential Electrician course is designed to teach you the fundamental skills needed to work with residential electrical systems—no previous experience is required. You will...

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12 Months / 144 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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George Mason University

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Course code: GES789

What you will learn

  • Branch and feeder circuits with various types of cable and conduit
  • Service of circuit breakers, lighting fixtures, receptacles, switches, paddle fans, and electric motors
  • Identifying and fixing electrical problems on "service calls"
  • Installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting photovoltaic renewable energy systems
  • 10 lessons on customer service 

How you will benefit

  • This course provides foundational knowledge and skills that are required of an entry-level electrician
  • You will understand how to use the National Electrical Code, sizing electrical boxes, sizing circuit conductors, sizing fuses or circuit breakers, and sizing service entrance conductors
  • You will gain valuable wiring skills, such as proper use of hand and power tools, splicing wires together properly, attaching electrical boxes to building framing members, fishing a cable in an existing wall, and installing an overhead service entrance
  • You will receive a 25% discount on tools from Ideal Industries, a company that produces connectors, hand tools, testers, meters, and more that are needed as an electrician 

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 144 course hours
  1. Preparing and Planning a Residential Wiring Job
    1. Residential Workplace Safety
    2. Hardware and Materials Used in Residential Wiring
    3. Tools Used in Residential Wiring
    4. Test and Measurement Instruments Used in Residential Wiring
    5. Understanding Residential Building Plans
    6. Determining Branch Circuit, Feeder Circuit, and Service Entrance Requirements
  2. Residential Service Entrances and Equipment
    1. Introduction to Residential Service Entrances
    2. Service Entrance Equipment and Installation
  3. Residential Electrical System Rough-In
    1. General Nec® Requirements for Rough-In Wiring
    2. Electrical Box Installation
    3. Cable Installation
    4. Raceway Installation
    5. Midterm Exam
    6. Switching Circuit Installation
    7. Branch-Circuit Installation
    8. Special Residential Wiring Situations
    9. Video, Voice, and Data Wiring Installation
  4. Residential Electrical System Trim-Out
    1. Lighting Fixture Installation
    2. Device Installation
    3. Service Panel Trim-Out
  5. Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Residential Electrical Wiring System
    1. Checking Out and Troubleshooting Electrical Wiring Systems
  6. Green House Wiring Techniques
    1. Green Wiring Practices
    2. Photovoltaic (PV) System Installation
  7. Managing Customer Service
    1. Winning Customer Service
    2. Customers Revealed
    3. Customer Expectations
    4. Customer Service: Why Do It?
    5. The Decline (and Revival) of Customer Service
    6. Moving Forward with the Four P's
    7. Traits of Outstanding Customer Reps
    8. Measuring Customer Service
    9. Customer Service Communication
    10. Helping Upset Customers

Greg Fletcher has over 40 years of experience in the electrical field as both a practicing electrician and as an electrical instructor. He has been a licensed electrician since 1976 and currently holds a Master Electrician's License in the State of Maine. In 1988, he was appointed as the Department Chairman of the Trades and Technology Department and Program Director/Instructor of the Electrical Technology program at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. He is the author of several textbooks including Residential Construction Academy: House Wiring, Guide to Using the National Electrical Code, and The Electrician's Guide to Photovoltaic System Installation. He has an associate's in Electrical Construction and Maintenance, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Technical Education, and a Master of Science in Industrial Education.

Jorge Garcia has over 20 years of experience in the electrical field as both a practicing and electrical instructor. He has been a licensed electrician since 2000 and currently holds an Electrical Contractor and Master Electrician license from Texas. Jorge currently serves as the Department Chair for Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation Technology at Texas Southmost College. Additionally, he has over 15 years in business as an Electrical Contractor for Exit Light Services. Jorge has an Associate degree in Electrician Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Management and Leadership, and is currently in a Learning Technology Ph.D. program. He also holds a Fire Suppression License from the State Fire Marshal Office, Licensed Irrigator, Limited License Electrician from Tennessee, License in Bilingual & Technology Education from Texas Education Agency, National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Electrical Instructor Certification, and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Authorized Trainer license.

Prerequisites:

While not required, it is recommended that a person taking this course have some basic knowledge of direct current and alternating current electrical theory.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 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.
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Simulation Requirements:

  • Desktop Browser: A 64-bit web browser
  • Recommend: Mozilla Firefox 52+, Google Chrome 57+
  • Supported: MS Edge 15+, Apple Safari 10.1+

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Residential Construction Academy: House Wiring
  • National Electrical Code 2017

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No.

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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