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Upon completion of the Electrical Technology program, graduates will have the equivalent of a four-year experienced electrician in technical understanding, troubleshooting, electrical terminology, and math, which helps prepare students for the Journeyman’s test.

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At a Glance

  • Program approved by the California Department of Industrial Relations. View approval

  • Graduates are prepared to sit for the California General Electrician’s Certification Exam

  • Conveniently available at six locations

  • Earn a Certificate of Completion in about 10 months, or an A.S. Degree in approximately 14 months.

  • Graduates are prepared to sit for the Journeyman’s test.

  • Affordable tuition varies, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Students in our Electrical Technology program learn:

  • Electrical conduit bending
  • Electric circuitry and residential, commercial, and industrial wiring
  • Electrical blueprint reading
  • OSHA Standards for the construction industry
  • PLC and motor controls

Courses* taken by our Electrical Technology students include:

Electrical Conduit Bending

This course is a study of how to properly calculate, layout, and bend Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT) and Rigid Metal Conduit (RMC) per industry and National Electrical Code standards. This course utilizes both hand bending tools and the use of mechanical and machine-type bending equipment. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Commercial and Industrial Wiring

This course covers the theory and application of electrical buildings inclusive of general wiring, electrical systems, alternating current motors, transformers, lighting systems and load calculations, all in adherence to the requirements of the National Electrical Code. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Programmable Logic Controllers/Industrial Electronics

This course presents basic concepts and applications of PLCs such as the PLC language, performing installation and diagnostic functions, using program tools, basic communications, and logic operations. The practical instruction of this course is performed with Allen Bradley equipment and RSLogix software, both of which are predominantly used within the manufacturing industry. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the  most current program information.

Career Opportunities

Electricians work to supply the power needed for everyday life in commercial, industrial and residential environments.

The following are examples of what Electricians do:

  • Hardware and Wiring
  • Pipe bending to run wiring into different facilities
  • Operate PLC’s, motors, and computers.
  • Troubleshoot problems

The program prepares students for employment in numerous electrical and electrically related fields:

  • New Construction Indoor and outdoor
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Industrial -Oil Refineries/Solar/Power Plants/Wind Generation/Green Technologies
  • Commercial –  Malls/Hospital/Military/Business Centers/Big Box Stores/Restaurant
  • Residential – Single Family/Apartments/Property Management

Program Availability

SJVC’s Electrical Technology program is available at the following campuses:

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the ET program requires:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Wonderlic SLE assessment score of 14 or higher
  • Valid California driver’s license

Applicants must have reliable plans for transportation, child care and time to devote to academic work outside of scheduled class hours.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Consumer Information to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You can also talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.

Accreditation & Approvals

The SJVC Electrical Technology program is approved by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations.

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Read Our Career Guide On Electrical Technology

There is a growing need for chief electricians, control electricians, industrial electricians, maintenance electricians and more in California and the rest of the United States.

Electrical Technology FAQs

What does an electrician do?

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories. Typical tasks include identifying electrical problems, installing wiring or lighting systems, and repairing or replacing wiring.1

How long does it take to become an electrician?

At San Joaquin Valley College, you can select from two programs to fulfill your electrician certificate or degree requirements. You can complete your Associate Degree in Electrical Technology in as little as 14 months. The quickest way to complete the program is by earning an Electrical Technology Certificate of Completion in as few as 10 months.

What skills does an electrician need?

Working as an electrician takes technical knowledge that requires formal training, but some other important qualities of an electrician include:2

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Physical strength
  • Physical stamina

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