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2024 – 2025

Electrical

Jeff Wildrick, Academy A Administrator – Ext. 291

Course & Program of Studies

Statement of Purpose

In the Electrical Technology program, all students are empowered to succeed on their journey blending mathematical prowess with mechanical ingenuity. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and abilities, fostering an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive. To excel in this dynamic field, successful candidates must not only possess a strong command of mathematics and a keen aptitude for mechanics but also demonstrate proficiency in navigating abstract concepts.

Throughout the program, we provide students with access to a comprehensive array of industry-standard equipment and materials, ensuring hands-on learning experiences for all. Our curriculum places a significant emphasis on mastering blueprint interpretation, mechanical drawings, and understanding industry theories and codes. These essential skills prepare students for real-world scenarios, where precision and comprehension are paramount to success. Join us and unlock your full potential in Electrical Technology!

Students working in Eletrical

Exploratory Program

The freshman electrical exploratory program is a brief synopsis of the electrical trade. They get hands-on experience using electrical basics. The students will learn to use electrical hand tools safely and correctly, demonstrate their ability to create basic electrical circuits with bell wires and the construction of an electric lamp. Upon completion of the electrical exploratory, they will have an understanding of the electrical trade. Exploratory students are introduced to trade related careers. Assessments include grades for lamp assembly projects, bell wire tasks completed and observation of skill attainment.

Freshman Program

The freshman electrical shop course students study the fundamentals of the electrical trade. They get hands-on experience using electrical basics, which consists of many hands-on projects. The students will learn and demonstrate their abilities to use electrical tools safely and correctly, demonstrate basic bench projects using series and parallel circuits to complete both bell-wire and non-metallic sheath cable tasks. This foundation will prepare the student for their sophomore year, where the student will assemble more advanced bench/wall projects.

The competencies from the 2023 electrical Vocational Technical (VTE) Frameworks, and objectives contained within the six strands of the (VTE) Frameworks are covered within this course. Assessments include grades for electrical assembly projects, and observation of skill attainment, along with daily employability and performance skills.

Sophomore Program

The sophomore electrical shop gives students hands-on experience with the latest installation techniques, materials, tools, and fixtures. The sophomore electrical students will have a continued concentration of the electrical basics, with more advanced hands-on bench and wall projects as well as wiring a model house located in the shop.

The students will demonstrate their abilities from what they have learned in their first year and continue using electrical tools safely and correctly. He/she will demonstrate advanced bench projects using nonmetallic sheathed cable, service cable, an assortment of electrical boxes and fittings, electrical service equipment
and panel boards, and heating and generator equipment all in accordance with the current Massachusetts electrical code. This foundation will prepare the student for their junior year, with an after-graduation goal of becoming an apprentice, then a licensed electrician. Assessments include grades for electrical assembly projects, and observation of skill attainment, along with daily employability and performance skills.

Sophomore Related Class 1

Electrical Technical Theory and DC Circuits

The Electrical DC Theory course is a 45 minute per day, 90 day course, consisting of 15 six day cycles, that provides the development of the theory necessary for the understanding of electron flow and application of electrical design and load calculations. Based on the Vocational Technical Education Frameworks Electricity 2014, students are expected to be knowledgeable in electron flow, reading ammeters and voltmeters, voltage drop on a line, resistance of wire, electrical power, magnetism, and blueprints.

Sophomore Related Class 2

Electrical Technical Math

The Electrical Technical Math course is a 45 minute per day, 90 day course, consisting of 15 six day cycles, that provides the development of math skills necessary for the understanding of electrical math and application of electrical design and load calculations. Based on the Vocational Technical Education Frameworks Electricity 2014, students are expected to be proficient in the solution of calculations involving the use of Algebra, Percentage, Resistance of Wire, Fractions, Ruler Scales, and Unit Measurements.

Junior Program

The junior electrical students use mechanical skills learned in their freshman and sophomore years to perform commercial electrical work and pipe-bending. The tasks will consist of electrical conduit bending for installation in a commercial or industrial application along with all the associated components. The students will learn the different voltage and lighting systems and a significant period of time will be spent on electrical equipment and tools used in the field. In addition, real life electrical projects throughout the school will offer additional hands-on experience for students. This course will prepare students to move on to their senior year and future employment through the school’s co-op program in the electrical trade. This course is based upon the 2023 Electrical Vocational Technical (VTE) Frameworks, and objectives contained within the six strands of the (VTE) Frameworks are covered within this course. Assessments include grades for electrical assembly projects, and observation of skill attainment, along with daily employability and performance skills.

Students working on wires

Junior Related 1

On-site

The junior electrical students use mechanical skills learned in their freshman and sophomore years to perform commercial electrical work and pipe-bending. The tasks will consist of electrical conduit bending for installation in a commercial or industrial application along with all the associated components. The students will learn the different voltage and lighting systems and a significant period of time will be spent on electrical equipment and tools used in the field. In addition, real life electrical projects throughout the school will offer additional hands-on experience for students. This course will prepare students to move on to their senior year and future employment through the school’s co-op program in the electrical trade. This course is based upon the 2023 Electrical Vocational Technical (VTE) Frameworks, and objectives contained within the six strands of the (VTE) Frameworks are covered within this course. Assessments include grades for electrical assembly projects, and observation of skill attainment, along with daily employability and performance skills.

Junior Related 2

Electrical Technology Theory

The AC/DC Theory & Equipment course is a 45 minute per day, 80 day course that will enable the student to develop an understanding of basic electrical theory and application of electrical design and load calculations. At the end of the course students are expected to be proficient in their understanding of magnetism, electromagnetism, principles & operation of DC generators and motors, plus an introductory understanding of alternating current and the correlating strands of the VTE framework for electricity. Also students are required to learn and follow OSHA safety standards for the construction industry.

Junior Related 3

Electrical Technology Math

The Electrical Technical Math course is a 45 minute per day, 80 day course that provides the development of math skills necessary for the understanding of electrical theory and application of electrical design and load calculations. At the end of the course students are expected to be proficient in the solution of calculations involving the use of Algebra, Percentage & Efficiency, Ratio Proportions & Resistance of Wire, Surface Measurement, Sizing Wires, and Trigonometry.

Senior Program

This course provides carpentry students with advanced knowledge of construction practices and building methods. Topics include exterior finishes such as siding; trim work and roofing, as well as an introduction to estimating, in conjunction with state and local building codes. The curriculum is such that students gain technical knowledge and experience related to house building and light commercial construction. Students work on off-campus projects as well as in the shop environment. It is the goal of the Carpentry Department to work with the Greater New Bedford Vocational High School District’s sending communities and local non-profit community service organizations each year to assist with construction projects that provide learning opportunities to our students.

Off-campus construction students leave the school to work on construction projects within the community. Along with the other construction trades, the students work on new residential and light commercial building construction. Projects may include but are not limited to the construction of single-family homes, remodeling projects of wood-framed structures, light commercial remodeling projects, and exterior wooden structures. During the student’s in-shop rotation, topics of study include the correct use of advanced machinery, planning, and construction projects.

Program topics are aligned including safety, interpreting measured drawings, planning, layout, and construction of assigned projects that align with the Career Connections Project Book 3 Commercial Construction. Upon completion, students will receive their third and final certificate into the Carpenters Union Apprenticeship Program.

Students working with wood in Carpentry

Senior Related 1

Off-Campus

Off-campus construction students leave the school to work on construction projects within the community along with the other construction trades. The students work on new residential and light commercial electrical installations. Students work on additions to existing electrical systems; they are instructed on how to make any necessary repairs to the existing system as needed, while troubleshooting electrical systems. Students are introduced to service work by performing electrical service work in the building under the supervision of the instructor. All off-campus electrical projects meet the guidelines as required by the local electrical inspectors. Assessments include grades for observation of skill attainment, along with daily employability and performance skills from live work situations.

Senior Related 2

Electrical Technology Theory

The AC Theory & Equipment course is a 45 minute per day, 80 day course that will enable the student to develop an understanding of basic electrical theory and application of electrical design and load calculations and the correlating strands of the VTE framework for electricity. At the end of the course students are expected to be proficient in their understanding of single phase and 3-phase AC circuits, transformers, single phase motors and 3-phase motors.

Senior Related 3

Technical Math – Elective

The Electrical Technical Math & Code course is a 45 minute per day, 80 day course that provides the development of math skills necessary for the understanding of electrical theory and application of electrical design and load calculations. At the end of the course students are expected to be proficient in the solution of calculations and the safe installation and sizing of electrical wiring and equipment based on the requirements of the National and Massachusetts Electrical Codes.

Certifications

  • OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety and Health training and certificate ∙ 300 hours of the 600 hours needed towards their electrical apprentice per the provisions
  • Journeyman Electrician License Exam Application Eligibility Criteria
  • 1600 hours of 8000 hours needed towards their electrical apprentice per the provisions
  • Journeyman Electrician License Exam Application Eligibility Criteria

Career Opportunities

  • Residential Electrician
  • Commercial Electrician
    • Wind and Solar 
    • Power and Lighting
  • Industrial Electrician
    • Plant Electrician
    • Maintenance Supervisor
    • Motor Repair Technician
    • Programmable Logic Controller  Technician
  • Electrical Inspector
    • Low Voltage Electrician
    • Cable TV Technician
    • Fire Alarm Installation & Repair
    • Security System Technician
  • Electrical Contractor / Business owner

Post-Secondary Education

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering 
  • Industrial Engineering 
  • Mechatronic Engineering

 

Students working In carpentry