Electrical Technology

Why attend our electrician school?

SJVC’s Electrical Technology (ET) program is approved by the California Department of Industrial Relations. View approval. This program meets the standards set forth by the California Department of Industrial Relations towards the current California Electrician Certification Program. Once a student has completed the program, he or she is prepared to sit for the California General Electrician’s Certification Exam. Graduates from this program will need to work additional hours in the field before receiving an electrician certification per the DIR.

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 as it relates to electrical, which helps prepare students for the Journeyman’s test.

Electrical Technology Program Details

Skills Students 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

Program Course Examples

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 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.

Program Outcomes

Students can earn a Certificate of Completion in about 10 months, or an A.S. Degree in approximately 14 months.

Professional Certifications
Graduates are OSHA 30 certified and are prepared to sit for the Journeyman’s test. SJVC pays for each student’s first-time examination fees. Students who are enrolled in a DIR-approved program are eligible for an Electrician Trainee Card (T-card).

Program Availability

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

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

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the ET program requires:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Wonderlic SLE assessment score of 14 or higher
  • Valid California driver license
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions for property or drug crimes

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

Accreditation and 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 Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.

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 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


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