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Electrical Technology

Electricity is essential for life, power and electronic systems in today's society. As a result of our dependence on electricity, individuals with the knowledge to create, repair and maintain electrical systems are critical to our society. The electrical technology program will provide you with the practical knowledge and skills needed to operate sophisticated programmable control systems. Working independently or as part of a team, you'll work quickly to solve electrical problems to find solutions to keep operations running smoothly.

A career in electrical technology is an ideal choice if you enjoy problem solving and hands-on learning. The Northampton Community College electrician program bridges the gap between theory and practice, providing a balance of classroom training and interactive experiences. Instead of solely sitting through lectures, the collaborative course is based on lab exercises. The lab-based sections teach you technical skills related to basic circuit wiring and other topics, preparing you for the career of your choice.

Electricians are required in all sectors — both in residential and commercial services, as well as specialized fields such as manufacturing and robotics. In less than one year, you can earn a community college electrician diploma from NCC. After graduation, you'll be prepared to work as maintenance technicians or technical assistants, with plenty of room for career advancement.

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Degree Programs

Semesters: 4
Credits: 62
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Associate in Applied Science

Northampton’s electrical technology program offers a range of stackable degrees; starting with a specialized diploma that can be completed in one-year, a certificate requiring a minimum of 41 credits, and an AAS degree requiring a minimum of 63 credits. 

All of our electrical programs are designed to be completed on either a full time or a part time basis, with most courses available in the evenings as well as during the day.

Semesters: 3
Credits: 39
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Certificate

Northampton’s electrical technology program offers a range of stackable degrees; starting with a specialized diploma that can be completed in one-year, a certificate requiring a minimum of 41 credits, and an AAS degree requiring a minimum of 63 credits. 

All of our electrical programs are designed to be completed on either a full time or a part time basis, with most courses available in the evenings as well as during the day.

Semesters: 2
Credits: 27
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Specialized Diploma

Northampton’s electrical technology program offers a range of stackable degrees; starting with a specialized diploma that can be completed in one-year, a certificate requiring a minimum of 41 credits, and an AAS degree requiring a minimum of 63 credits. 

All of our electrical programs are designed to be completed on either a full time or a part time basis, with most courses available in the evenings as well as during the day.

 

Program Information

Compared to technical and vocational schools, NCC provides you with career services and extensive placement opportunities. You’ll benefit from our resource-rich atmosphere and develop personal relationships with professors. We offer a focused learning environment — we’re one of the few community college electrician schools in PA that provides on-campus housing. Northampton Community College also has one of the lowest in-state tuition fees.

To start your education at an electrician technical school, contact NCC for more information.

If you are a Northampton Community College student living outside of Pennsylvania or intending to complete an internship or clinical placement outside of the state in a NCC program leading to professional licensure, you should review requirements on the state board website to make sure that the program qualifies.

Licensure requirements vary from state to state and you may require additional authorization from the professional licensing agency in that state. Participating in a program from outside of Pennsylvania, if not properly authorized by that state's professional licensing board, could result in loss of licensing eligibility. If you need help or have questions, please contact the Program Director for more information.

 

Career Opportunities

Those with a background in electrical technology may be prepared for a number of careers, including but not limited to: an apprentice for an electrical contractor, a design and engineering assistant for an engineering firm, a maintenance electrician for a manufacturing plant, a journeyman electrician, an industrial technician, a construction electrician, or electrical contractor.

Electricians work indoors and out, in nearly every type of facility. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends.

Employment of electricians is projected to grow significantly as homes and businesses require more wiring than ever before, and electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.

Future Career Paths

  • Industrial Electrician
  • Electrical Contractor
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Construction Electrician
  • Design & Engineering Assistant

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