Industrial Electrical Technology (ELT) Program
Fayette, Hamilton, & Sumiton Campuses
Electrical Technicians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for homes, businesses, and manufacturers. They install and maintain the wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows. Technicians also install, calibrate, and maintain electrical equipment in a wide range of fields. Imagine an automated manufacturing line: a large conveyor system moves unfinished products down the line, robotic welding arms bond the different parts together, and hydraulic lifts move the finished products. All these complex machines need technicians to install and service them to make sure they function properly. Job opportunities for electrical technicians may include residential and commercial wiring, industrial plant operations, automated manufacturing, renewable energy resources, manufacturing engineering, and industrial electronics.
(Occupational Outlook Handbook)
NOTE: Check with an advisor for program option and course location by campus.
Industrial Electrical Technology (ELT) Degrees and Certificates
- Associate In Applied Science Degree (ELT)
- Long-Term Certificate (ELT)
- Automated Manufacturing Short-Term Certificate (AUT)
- Electrical Short-Term Certificate (ELT)
- Electronics Short-Term Certificate (ILT)
- Industrial Plant Technician Short-Term Certificate (IPT)
- Power Distribution Short-Term Certificate
Industrial Electrical Technology (ELT) Classes
This course provides an in depth study of direct current (DC) electronic theory. Topics include atomic theory, magnetism, properties of conductors and insulators, and characteristics of series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Inductors and capacitors are introduced and their effects on DC circuits are examined. Students are prepared to analyze complex DC circuits, solve for unknown circuit variables and to use basic electronic test equipment. This course also provides hands on laboratory exercises to analyze, construct, test, and troubleshoot DC circuits. Emphasis is placed on the use of scientific calculator and the operation of common test equipment used to analyze and troubleshoot DC and to prove the theories taught during classroom instruction. This is a CORE course.
This course provides an in depth study of alternating current (AC) electronic theory. Students are prepared to analyze complex AC circuit configurations with resistors, capacitors, and inductors in series and parallel combinations. Topics include electrical safety and lockout procedures, specific AC theory functions such as RLC, impedance, phase relationships, and power factor. Students will be able to define terms, identify waveforms, solve complex mathematical problems, construct circuits, explain circuit characteristics, identify components, and make accurate circuit measurements using appropriate measurement instruments. They should also be able to perform fundamental tasks associated with troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining industrial AC systems.
This course is a study of the construction, operating characteristics, and installation of different motor control circuits and devices. Emphasis is placed on the control of three phase AC motors. This course covers the use of motor control symbols, magnetic motor starters, running overload protection, pushbutton stations, multiple control stations, two wire control, three wire control, jogging control, sequence control, and ladder diagrams of motor control circuits. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the operation of motor starters, overload protection, interpret ladder diagrams using pushbutton stations and understand complex motor control diagrams.