Electrical Systems Technology

This curriculum is designed to provide training for persons interested in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems found in residential, commercial and industrial facilities. The Electrical Systems Technology (EST) curriculum is separated into three categories: Solar, Design and Manufacturing Automation Troubleshooting/Maintenance. The solar degree prepares graduates for a career in installation, electrical code (NEC), maintenance and design of solar equipment on a residential, commercial or larger industry level. The design degree prepares graduates for a career in the installation, design, estimating or testing of residential, commercial and industrial fields. The electrical manufacturing maintenance degree prepares graduates for a career in industries that require machine electrical repair skills on industrial and manufacturing machinery.

Coursework, most of which is hands-on, includes topics such as AC/DC theory, basic wiring practices, programmable logic controllers, industrial motor controls, applications of the National Electric Code and other subjects, as local needs require.

The program offers various certificates that focus on courses to obtain a specialization in solar, residential, industrial and manufacturing maintenance. Students also may complete certificate programs in HVAC controls and HVAC facilities maintenance, which are integrated within the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration program.

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Electrical Systems Technology (A35130)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree – Electrical Systems Technology is awarded by the college upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Completion of the high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Course Descriptions section for details.

Contact Information

The Electrical Systems Technology program is in the Construction Technologies Division. For more information, call the program office at 704.330.4458 or the Construction Technologies Division at 704.330.4408.

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Electrical Systems Technology - Electrical Design Track (A35130D)

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3.0
COM 231Public Speaking3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Precalculus Algebra
Select one of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
Select one of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirments:
ACA 118College Study Skills2.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
ELC 112DC/AC Electricity5.0
ELC 113Residential Wiring4.0
ELC 114Commercial Wiring4.0
ELC 115Industrial Wiring4.0
ELC 117Motors and Controls4.0
ELC 118National Electrical Code2.0
ELC 119NEC Calculations2.0
ELC 121Electrical Estimating2.0
ELC 125Diagrams and Schematics2.0
ELC 128Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller3.0
ELC 234Electrical System Design3.0
BPR 130Print Reading-Construction3.0
WOL 110Basic Construction Skills3.0
Select 3.0 credit from the following:3.0
World of Work
Advanced Architectural CAD
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning II
Introduction to Electricity
Advanced Motors and Controls
Electrical Maintenance
Photovoltaic System Technology
Programmable Logic Controllers Applications
Introduction to Refrigeration
Total Credits68

Electrical Systems Technology - Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Track (A35130M)

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3.0
COM 231Public Speaking3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Precalculus Algebra
Select one of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Select one of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Mojor Requirements
ACA 118College Study Skills2.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
ELC 112DC/AC Electricity5.0
ELC 113Residential Wiring4.0
ELC 114Commercial Wiring4.0
ELC 117Motors and Controls4.0
ELC 118National Electrical Code2.0
ELC 119NEC Calculations2.0
ELC 121Electrical Estimating2.0
ELC 125Diagrams and Schematics2.0
ELC 128Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller3.0
ELC 130Advanced Motors and Controls3.0
ELC 215Electrical Maintenance3.0
ELC 228Programmable Logic Controllers Applications4.0
WOL 110Basic Construction Skills3.0
WLD 112Basic Welding Processes2.0
Select 3.0 credits from the following:3.0
World of Work
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning II
Introduction to Electricity
Industrial Wiring
Photovoltaic System Technology
Electrical System Design
Print Reading-Construction
Introduction to Refrigeration
Total Credits70

Electrical Systems Technology - Solar Photovoltaic Track (A35130S)

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3.0
COM 231Public Speaking3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Precalculus Algebra
Select one of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Select one of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirements
ACA 118College Study Skills2.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
ELC 112DC/AC Electricity5.0
ELC 113Residential Wiring4.0
ELC 114Commercial Wiring4.0
ELC 117Motors and Controls4.0
ELC 118National Electrical Code2.0
ELC 119NEC Calculations2.0
ELC 121Electrical Estimating2.0
ELC 125Diagrams and Schematics2.0
ELC 128Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller3.0
WOL 110Basic Construction Skills3.0
ELC 130Advanced Motors and Controls3.0
ELC 220Photovoltaic System Technology3.0
ELC 234Electrical System Design3.0
Select 3.0 credits from the following:3.0
World of Work
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning II
Introduction to Electricity
Industrial Wiring
Electrical Maintenance
Programmable Logic Controllers Applications
Print Reading-Construction
Introduction to Refrigeration
Total Credits67

No diplomas are offered in Electrical Systems Technology.

Electrical Systems Technology Certificates (C35130)

The certificates listed below can be earned in the Electrical Systems Technology (A35130) program:

Admissions

  • Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent is required as the foundation of a career in this area.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Course Descriptions section for details.

Contact Information

The Electrical Systems Technology program is in the Construction Technologies Division. For more information, call the program office at 704.330.4458 or the Construction Technologies Division at 704.330.4408.

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Fast Track Residential Wiring (C35130-30)

Major Requirements
ELC 112DC/AC Electricity5.0
ELC 113Residential Wiring4.0
ELC 118National Electrical Code2.0
ELC 119NEC Calculations2.0
BPR 130Print Reading-Construction3.0
Total Credits16

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Fast Track Commercial and Industrial Wiring (C35130-31)

Major Requirements
ELC 112DC/AC Electricity5.0
ELC 114Commercial Wiring4.0
ELC 118National Electrical Code2.0
ELC 119NEC Calculations2.0
ELC 115Industrial Wiring4.0
Total Credits17

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Electrician Assistant Level I (C35130-32)

Major Requirements
ELC 118National Electrical Code2.0
ELC 119NEC Calculations2.0
ELC 113Residential Wiring4.0
ELC 112DC/AC Electricity5.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
WOL 110Basic Construction Skills3.0
Total Credits18

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Electrician Assistant Level II (C35130-33)

Major Requirements
ELC 234Electrical System Design3.0
ELC 114Commercial Wiring4.0
ELC 115Industrial Wiring4.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
BPR 130Print Reading-Construction3.0
WBL 111MWork-Based Learning I Experience1.0
Total Credits17

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Electrical AHR Controls and Facilities Maintenance Level I (C35130-34)

Major Requirements
AHR 110Introduction to Refrigeration5.0
BPR 130Print Reading-Construction3.0
ELC 111Introduction to Electricity3.0
ELC 115Industrial Wiring4.0
ELC 125Diagrams and Schematics2.0
Total Credits17

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Electrical AHR Controls and Facilities Maintenance Level II (C35130-35)

AHR 130HVAC Controls3.0
AHR 215Commercial HVAC Controls2.0
AHR 263Energy Management2.0
ELC 117Motors and Controls4.0
ELC 128Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller3.0
ELC 228Programmable Logic Controllers Applications4.0
Total Credits18

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Solar Photovoltaic (C35130-36)

Major Requirements
ELC 112DC/AC Electricity5.0
ELC 118National Electrical Code2.0
ELC 119NEC Calculations2.0
ELC 220Photovoltaic System Technology3.0
Total Credits12

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Electrical Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Level I (C35130-37)

Major Requirements
ELC 112DC/AC Electricity5.0
ELC 117Motors and Controls4.0
ELC 125Diagrams and Schematics2.0
ELC 128Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller3.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
Total Credits18

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Electrical Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Level II (C35130-38)

Major Requirements
ELC 130Advanced Motors and Controls3.0
ELC 215Electrical Maintenance3.0
ELC 228Programmable Logic Controllers Applications4.0
ELC 234Electrical System Design3.0
WOL 110Basic Construction Skills3.0
WLD 112Basic Welding Processes2.0
Total Credits18

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate Specialization in Fast Track Electrical Construction (C35130-54)

Major Requirements
ELC 112DC/AC Electricity5.0
ELC 113Residential Wiring4.0
ELC 114Commercial Wiring4.0
ELC 118National Electrical Code2.0
ELC 119NEC Calculations2.0
WBL 121MWork-Based Learning II1.0
Total Credits18

Courses

ELC 111. Introduction to Electricity. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of electricity and test equipment to non-electrical/electronics majors. Topics include basic DC and AC principles (voltage, resistance, current, impedance); components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors); power; and operation of test equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to construct and analyze simple DC and AC circuits using electrical test equipment.

ELC 112. DC/AC Electricity. 5.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of and computations related to DC/AC electricity. Emphasis is placed on DC/AC circuits, components, operation of test equipment; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to construct, verify, and analyze simple DC/AC circuits.

ELC 113. Residential Wiring. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the care/usage of tools and materials used in residential electrical installations and the requirements of the National Electrical Code. Topics include NEC, electrical safety, and electrical print reading; planning, layout; and installation of electrical distribution equipment; lighting; overcurrent protection; conductors; branch circuits; and conduits. Upon completion, students should be able to properly install conduits, wiring, and electrical distribution equipment associated with residential electrical installations.

ELC 114. Commercial Wiring. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides instruction in the application of electrical tools, materials, and test equipment associated with commercial electrical installations. Topics include the NEC; safety; electrical blueprints; planning, layout, and installation of equipment and conduits; and wiring devices such as panels and overcurrent devices. Upon completion, students should be able to properly install equipment and conduit associated with commercial electrical installations.

ELC 115. Industrial Wiring. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers layout, planning, and installation of wiring systems in industrial facilities. Emphasis is placed on industrial wiring methods and materials. Upon completion, students should be able to install industrial systems and equipment.

ELC 117. Motors and Controls. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of motors and motor controls. Topics include ladder diagrams, pilot devices, contactors, motor starters, motors, and other control devices. Upon completion, students should be able to properly select, connect, and troubleshoot motors and control circuits.

ELC 118. National Electrical Code. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the use of the current National Electrical Code. Topics include the NEC history, wiring methods, overcurrent protection, materials, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively use the NEC.

ELC 119. NEC Calculations. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers branch circuit, feeder, and service calculations. Emphasis is placed on sections of the National Electrical Code related to calculations. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate code sections to size wire, conduit, and overcurrent devices for branch circuits, feeders, and service.

ELC 121. Electrical Estimating. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the principles involved in estimating electrical projects. Topics include take-offs of materials and equipment, labor, overhead, and profit. Upon completion, students should be able to estimate simple electrical projects.

ELC 125. Diagrams and Schematics. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the interpretation of electrical diagrams, schematics, and drawings common to electrical applications. Emphasis is placed on reading and interpreting electrical diagrams and schematics. Upon completion, students should be able to read and interpret electrical diagrams and schematics.

ELC 127. Software for Technicians. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces computer software which can be used to solve electrical/electronics problems. Topics include electrical/electronics calculations and applications. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize a personal computer for electrical/electronics- related applications.

ELC 128. Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the programmable logic controller (PLC) and its associated applications. Topics include ladder logic diagrams, input/output modules, power supplies, surge protection, selection/installation of controllers, and interfacing of controllers with equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to understand basic PLC systems and create simple programs.

ELC 130. Advanced Motors and Controls. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers motors concepts, construction and characteristics and provides a foundation in motor controls. Topics include motor control ladder logic, starters, timers, overload protection, braking, reduced voltage starting, SCR control, AC/DC drives, system and component level troubleshooting. Upon completion, students should be able to specify, connect, control, troubleshoot, and maintain motors and motor control systems.

Prerequisites: Take One: ELC 111, ELC 112, ELC 131, or ELC 138

ELC 131. Circuit Analysis I. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces DC and AC electricity with an emphasis on circuit analysis, measurements, and operation of test equipment. Topics include DC and AC principles, circuit analysis laws and theorems, components, test equipment operation, circuit simulation, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret circuit schematics; design, construct, verify, and analyze DC/AC circuits; and properly use test equipment.

Corequisites: Take MAT 121 or MAT 171

ELC 133. Circuit Analysis II. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers additional concepts of DC/AC electricity, the use of test equipment, and measurement techniques. Topics include the application of network theorems such as delta/wye transformations, Superposition Theorem, and other advanced circuit analysis principles. Upon completion, students should be able to construct and analyze DC/AC circuits used advanced circuit analysis theorems, circuit simulators, and test equipment.

Prerequisites: Take ELC 131 Minimum grade C

ELC 135. Electrical Machines. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers magnetic circuits, transformers, DC/AC machines, and the three-phase circuit fundamentals including power factor. Topics include magnetic terms and calculations, transformer calculations based on primary or secondary equivalent circuits, and regulation and efficiency calculations. Upon completion, students should be able to perform regulation and efficiency calculations for DC/AC machine circuits.

Prerequisites: Take ELC 139 or ELC 131 Minimum grade C

ELC 136. Electrical Machines II. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers DC/AC machine fundamentals including applications and control. Topics include control devices and induction single and polyphase AC motors, DC motors, stepper, and special purpose motors. Upon completion, students should be able to perform regulation and efficiency calculations and apply motor theory to practical control applications.

Prerequisites: Take ELC 135 Minimum grade C

ELC 138. DC Circuit Analysis. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces DC electricity with an emphasis on circuit analysis, measurements, and operation of test equipment. Topics include DC principles, circuit analysis laws and theorems, components, test equipment operation, circuit simulation, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret circuit schematics; design, construct, and analyze DC circuits; and properly use test equipment.

ELC 139. AC Circuit Analysis. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces AC electricity with an emphasis on circuit analysis, measurements, and operation of test equipment. Topics include AC voltages, circuit analysis laws and theorems, reactive components and circuits, transformers, test equipment operation, circuit simulation, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret AC circuit schematics; analyze and troubleshoot AC circuits; and properly use test equipment.

Prerequisites: Take ELC 138

ELC 213. Instrumentation. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the fundamentals of instrumentation used in industry. Emphasis is placed on electric, electronic, and other instruments. Upon completion, students should be able to install, maintain, and calibrate instrumentation.

Prerequisites: Take ELC 131 Minimum grade C

ELC 215. Electrical Maintenance. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the theory of maintenance and the skills necessary to maintain electrical equipment found in industrial and commercial facilities. Topics include maintenance theory, predictive and preventive maintenance, electrical equipment operation and maintenance, and maintenance documentation. Upon completion, students should be able to perform maintenance on electrical equipment in industrial and commercial facilities.

ELC 220. Photovoltaic System Technology. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the concepts, tools, techniques, and materials needed to understand systems that convert solar energy into electricity with photovoltaic (pv) technologies. Topics include site analysis for system integration, building codes, and advances in photovoltaic technology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of photovoltaic technology and current applications.

ELC 221. Advanced Photovoltaic System Designs. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces specific elements in photovoltaic (pv) systems technologies including efficiency, modules, inverters, charge controllers, batteries, and system installation. Topics include National Electrical Code (NEC), electrical specifications, photovoltaic system components, array design and power integration requirements that combine to form a unified structure. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of various photovoltaic designs and proper installation of NEC compliant solar electric power systems.

Prerequisites: Take ELC 220

ELC 228. Programmable Logic Controllers Applications. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers programming and applications of programmable logic controllers. Emphasis is placed on programming techniques, networking, specialty I/O modules, and system troubleshooting. Upon completion, students should be able to specify, implement, and maintain complex PLC controlled systems.

ELC 229. Applications Project. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an individual and/or integrated team approach to a practical project as approved by the instructor. Topics include project selection and planning, implementation and testing, and a final presentation. Upon completion, students should be able to plan and implement an applications-oriented project.

ELC 230. Wind and Hydro Power Systems. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces concepts, designs, tools, techniques, and material requirements for systems that convert wind and water into usable energy. Topics include the analysis, measurement, and estimation of potential energy of wind and water systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the technologies associated with converting wind and water into a viable energy source.

ELC 231. Electric Power Systems. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the basic principles of electric power systems, including transmission lines, generator and transformer characteristics, and fault detection and correction. Emphasis is placed on line diagrams and per unit calculations for circuit performance analysis in regards to voltage regulation, power factor, and protection devices. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze simple distribution subsystems, calculate fault current, and compare different types and sizes of circuit protection devices.

Prerequisites: Take ELC 135 Minimum grade C

ELC 233. Energy Management. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers energy management principles and techniques typical of those found in industry and commercial facilities, including load control and peak demand reduction systems. Topics include load and peak demand calculations, load shedding, load balance and power factor, priority scheduling, remote sensing and control, and supplementary/alternative energy sources. Upon completion, students should be able to determine energy management parameters, calculate demand and energy use, propose energy management procedures, and implement alternative energy sources.

Corequisites: Take ELC 139

ELC 234. Electrical System Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the principles of electrical design for commercial and industrial facilities. Topics include services, high and low power distribution, switchboards, panelboards, motor control centers, switchgear, overcurrent protection, and grounding. Upon completion, students should be able to design services, feeders, and branch circuits for typical commercial/industrial applications in accordance with the National Electrical Code.

ELC 1124. Electrical. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is reserved for a freshmen-level course from an institution of the UNC System, contracted to be provided for a community college. The college should enter the course prefix/number, title, distribution of hours, prerequisites, corequisites, and course description as it appears in the UNC institution catalog. Upon successful completion, students should have earned 3 hours of credit equivalent to the course offered at the UNC institution.