Friday – January 18, 2019

Electricity (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Technology and Applied Sciences

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-413-1

For Information: 414-297-6315
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — Prepare for entry-level electrician positions in industry and the building trades through this two-semester program.

Completion of this program does not substitute for an electrical apprenticeship, but does offer you the basic knowledge needed to begin working for some electrical contractors. MATC also offers a certificate program, Electrical Construction, that concentrates on residential electrical construction.

Skills and aptitudes necessary for success include normal physical strength, good manual dexterity, and the ability to climb without fear of heights. Normal vision, including color perception, is important.

Career Pathway —  Programs are under development to create a Career Pathway. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Industry requires electricians to install and repair industrial equipment, and perform normal building maintenance. The construction electrical field needs electricians for new construction, and to repair and remodel existing buildings. In both the maintenance and construction electrical fields, the electrician may be involved in wiring heating and lighting circuits, and the power circuits of machines and equipment.

Positions available to graduates of the program include electrician’s helper and wholesale electrical parts distribution worker. Some graduates use the training as a step toward an apprenticeship, either as a construction electrician or industrial maintenance electrician.

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect graduates to:

  • Use basic meters to check electrical circuits
  • Do basic calculations relative to circuit loading and wire size
  • Perform associated mechanical operations, such as conduit bending and wiring
  • Read electrical blueprints and interpret electrical code
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills


Admission Requirements  — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Ability to drive and a valid driver’s license
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Possible Careers
Electrician’s Helper
Construction Electrician Apprentice
Industrial Maintenance Electrician Apprentice
Wholesale Electrical Parts Distribution

Related Program
Electrical Power Distribution


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.




(1)  ELECTY-308

Basic Skills for Electrical Wiring ‡



(1)  ELECTY-310

Cable Wiring ‡



(1)  ELECTY-312

Electrical Raceway Installation ‡



(1)  ELECTY-340

Electrical Code Fundamentals 1 ‡



(1)  ELECTY-378

Construction Blueprint Reading ‡



(1)  ELECTY-392

Principles of Electricity




(or) ELECTY-390 Principles of Electricity 1  
and ELECTY-391 Principles of Electricity 2



(2)  ELECTY-314

Electrical Service Installation ‡



(2)  ELECTY-328

Electric Motor Control Wiring ‡



(2)  ELECTY-341

Electrical Code Fundamentals 2 ‡



(2)  ELECTY-382

Electrical Equipment Circuit Analysis ‡



(2)  ELECTY-384

Electrical Design and Estimating ‡



(2)  ELECTY-386

Solid State Devices ‡



(2)  ELECTY-394

Electrical Apparatus ‡



(2)  ENG-340

Workplace Communication





‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated March 2017.