New electrical constructions added to majors
Pennsylvania College of Technology is introducing a new path for career success in the electrical field. Applications are being accepted for the electrical construction associate degree, which will begin in Fall 2020.
The degree reflects the college’s time-honored commitment of adjusting curriculum to address workforce needs, as identified by faculty with strong ties to industry and advisory committees of in-field professionals. The college has a 95% three-year graduate placement rate.
“The electrical construction degree is the latest example of ensuring that our students are real-world ready,” said David Cotner, dean of Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing and Engineering Technologies.
Coursework will emphasize electrical construction practices, electrical machinery requirements, circuitry, safety and the National Electrical Code. In addition to classroom instruction, the program will require nearly 800 hours of lab and field experience.
The new major complements the college’s associate degree in electrical technology, which is tailored to the manufacturing and controls side of the career field.
After earning an associate degree in electrical construction, students can seamlessly transition to baccalaureate majors in building automation technology or applied management.
Examples of careers for graduates of the electrical construction major include self-employment in residential, commercial and industrial electrical wiring; electrical designer; industrial maintenance electrician; electrical inspector; and electrical troubleshooter.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for electricians was $55,190 in May 2018. The top 10% earned more than $94,620.
“Industry is telling us there is an all-time high demand for conventional construction electricians. Graduates of the new degree will be prepared for outstanding jobs to help meet that demand,” Cotner said.