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Louisiana Technical College


CIP 460302
Technical Diploma (TD), Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS),
Technical Competency Area (TCA)

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Description | Employment Opportunities | Cost

Mission and Program Description:

The purpose of this program is to provide a basic core of specialized instruction and practical shop experience to prepare students for employment in electrical trades.

Students who complete the basic core may choose any of the specialty areas to advance toward a technical diploma. Technical diploma offerings include Industrial Electrician, Marine Electrician, Commercial Wiring I and Commercial Wiring II.

The Industrial Electrician curriculum will prepare individuals to install, troubleshoot, and repair wiring, electrical equipment, and other electrical devices used in the industrial environment, such as motors (AC and DC drives), transformers, control systems, instruments, PLC's, and lighting systems.

The Marine Electricity curriculum prepares individuals to install and repair wiring fixtures, and equipment for electrical services aboard ships and in shipyard facilities. Marine wiring methods and equipment will also be covered.

The Commercial Wiring I and II curriculums generally prepare individuals to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair electrical devices, components, and equipment that are utilized in residential and commercial electrical systems. Students have two options to complete this diploma: by course work, or by employment in a work-based course with an electrical contractor.

All program specialties emphasize safe and efficient work practices, basic occupational skills, and are organized into competency-based courses that specify occupational competencies, which the student must successfully complete. Each area includes a study of all applicable codes and standards, blueprint reading, wiring diagrams, and installations which are appropriate to the area. All work is performed with an emphasis on shop and work safety.

Length of Program:

45 - 50 Semester Credit Hours

Education Requirements:

Ability to Benefit 

Placement Exam Scores: Spring 2008 Program Placement Score Chart (PDF)
TD Program (Fall 07)

COMPASS Scores: Read 64; Math 36; Engl./Writ. 33
ACT Scores: Read 15; Math 16; Engl./Writ. 14

Approximate Total Cost of Books and Supplies:

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The objectives of the Electrician program are as follows:

  • To provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for employment in the field.
  • To provide an introduction to the occupation, shop safety, electrical safety hazards and prevention, and OSHA regulations, tools, and equipment.
  • To provide an introduction to the concepts of DC/AC electricity fundamentals; matter and atomic theory, a study of Ohms Law; series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits; and meters.
  • To identify the various types of conductors used in residential wiring and their uses.
  • To identify connections, the different types of boxes used, parts of a breaker panel and service entrance, switches and uses, and installation devices.
  • To provide an introduction to various methods of installing AC cable, EMT, rigid metallic conduit, PVC, and flexible and surface raceway.





An application or re-application fee and a testing fee per component are charged for each Application for Admission submitted.

Tuition is paid by the semester. (SEE - Tuition and Fees) Students are also required to purchase books and supplies separately. Contact your host campus for a complete projected cost of this program.

The college accepts cash, personal and company checks, MasterCard or Visa for all fees. A percentage of tuition and fees are refundable up to the tenth day of instruction. No refund will be made after the tenth day.