Electrical Occupations

Electrical Occupations

Location: East Campus (Oley)                   Instructor: Kerry Eckert
Location: West Campus (Leesport)          Instructor: Theodore Semanchick
CIP Code: 46.0399

The Electrical Occupations program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in the electrical occupations industry. Through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and live work experiences students are well prepared for employment or have a strong foundation to pursue further education.

This comprehensive program provides students with the skills to become both construction and maintenance electricians. Construction electricians lay out, assemble, install, and test electrical fixtures and wiring used in electrical systems on construction sites. Maintenance electricians maintain and keep many different types of electrical equipment in good working order principally by detecting and repairing defective equipment before a breakdown occurs.

The curriculum covers many areas, including: residential wiring and service, wiring alterations, installation of electrical environmental circuits, commercial and industrial wiring, electrical maintenance, planning and site work on commercial/industrial jobs and services, power distribution transformers, single-phase transformers and AC machines, electrical motors and controls, three-phase transformers and AC machines, PLCs, electrical aspects of HVAC and related facilities, and emergency power systems. Instruction is also provided in the installation of electrical distribution systems both overhead and underground.

Students at the East Campus will have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge by helping with the construction of a custom built home under the direction of their instructors.

NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research
The Electrical Occupations program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit www.nccer.org for further information.

PBA – Pennsylvania’s Builder’s Association
The Electrical Occupations program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification.  Visit www.pabuilders.org/ for more information.

Industry Certifications:

Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

REQUIRED – One Shirt (ANY STYLE listed)
· Graphite Long Sleeve Work Shirt with BCTC Logo
·Graphite Short Sleeve Work Shirt with BCTC Logo

· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo

• Cotton blue jeans, khakis/cargo pants, dress pants – proper fitting and no holes Work boots with hard sole, no sneakers


Safety glasses provided by BCTC




The link provided for each book title will take you to Amazon.com.  Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon. You may purchase the books from any vendor.

First Year Students
Residential Construction Academy: House Wiring (5th Edition) – by Greg Fletcher (Textbook & On-Line Access Card)

This textbook and on-line access card must be purchased from your Instructor.  You will be given information at the New Student Orientation.
Not available through Amazon.com

Workbook with Lab Manual for Fletcher’s Residential Construction Academy: House Wiring, (5th Edition) – by Gregory W Fletcher

ISBN #: 978-1-337-40451-8 

National Electric Code (NEC) 2017 (1st Edition)- by National Fire Protection Association

ISBN #: 978-1-45591-279-7 

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment


Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Hard-sole leather work shoe 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
9″ Side Cutting Pliers (Lineman’s) 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $29.00 Klein or Ideal
Phillips-Tip Screwdriver 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $9.00 Klein or Ideal
Wire Stripper 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $15.00 Klein or Ideal
Tape Measure or Folding Foot Rule 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $8.00 Klein or Ideal or Stanley
Slotted-Tip Screwdriver 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $9.00 Klein or Ideal
Utility Knife 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $5.00 Klein
Pump Pliers/Channel Lock Pliers 2 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $20.00 each Klein or Ideal
Torpedo Level 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $20.00 Klein or Ideal
Diagonal Pliers 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $20.00 Klein or Ideal
Needle Nose Pliers 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $20.00 Klein or Ideal
Non-Contact Voltage Tester 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $20.00 Klein or Ideal or Fluke
NM Stripper 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $30.00 Klein or Ideal or Fluke
Claw Hammer, 8 oz. 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $25.00 Klein

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

Electrical Occupations

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to distinguish color

Career Pathways:

  • Electrician
  • Powerhouse, Substation, Relay Repairer
  • Commercial & Industrial Equipment Repairer
  • Sales Engineer –Electrical Products
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Contractor
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Superintendent (Construction)
  • Electrician Technician – Plant
  • Electrical Contractor – Residential