Electrical Technology FAQ

Need a quick snapshot of what our Electrical Technology programs offers? Check out our FAQs below.

The demand for skilled Electrical Technicians continues to increase, and getting started at NCC is a cost-effective way to maximize your potential in the field. If you're unsure if this is the path for you, check out some of our frequently asked questions below to get more information about the degree, career outlook, articulation agreements and program requirments. If you have more questions, or would like to visit our site, please call 610-332-6262; M-F. 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or email our Program Manager, Ron Fornarotto, at rfornarotto@northampton.edu. We look forward to working together!

Is the program offered full-time and part-time, and can I start in either the Fall or Spring?

  • The program is offered Full-time and part-time, and you can start Spring, Summer, or Fall. EMEC240 is the only course not offered at night.
  • Electrical Technology A.A.S. students can also complete the Sustainable Energy Specialized Diploma program by taking specific Gen-Eds, and technical electives. If this is of interest, please notify your advisor to help you map out your course selections.

Are there industry certifications students can obtain as part of the program?

Students are prepared to take Electrical License exams upon completion of the program, and students who complete ELTC222 are eligible to take the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.

What is the difference between a Specialized Diploma, Certificate, and Associate's in Applied Science?

A Specialized Diploma is a two-semester program; the Certificate is a three-semester program, and the Associates in Applied Science is a four-semester program. Each program is stackable, which means you can complete one program and transfer the credits into the next program in sequence. Wages would increase based on the program completed.

What is the average starting salary?

Specialized Diploma - $12-14 hr
Certificate - $14-16 hr
Associates in Applied Science - $16-20 hr

What are the physical requirements with this career choice?

Climbing ladders and scaffolds, lifting heavy objects, working in outdoor environments on any given day; rain, dirt, mud, snow, etc., crawl spaces, attic spaces, rooftops, trenches, etc.

How much hands-on exposure is there?

100%, our classes focus on preparing students with hands-on, real-life experience as part of the curriculum.

What are the career opportunities for this major?

  • Specialized Diploma - Entry-level technician
  • Certificate - Entry-level technician with a greater chance of employment
  • Associates in Applied Science - Entry-level technician or entry-level manager with the greatest chance of employment

What is the career placement percentage?

Excellent, there is an extreme shortage of Electricians currently in the area.

What local companies have hired past graduates?

Allied Control Services, APlus Electricians, Albea Americas Inc., Celestica, D.S.M. Nutritional Products Inc., Horsehead Corporation, North Penn Water Authority, K.B. Systems, Energy Kinetics, Pro Circuit Electric Metro Tek Electric, Victaulic, Flexicon, Walmart Fulfillment Center, Advanced Electrical & Energy, Mount Airy Casino Resort, M.R.P. Electric, Advanced Electrical & Energy, and many more.

Are there online course options within this program?

Many of the non-technical courses in the program are offered online.

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