Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician (AOS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)
Academic Department Info: 

Education-Portal.com rates Alfred State's program number one for electrical repair and maintenance.

This program provides in-depth instruction in the theories and principles of electricity. Principles of operation for electrical devices and equipment, and correct and safe operation of tools are covered. The student will study and learn to interpret and apply the requirements of the National Electric Code for designing electrical layouts, installation methods, and the maintenance, trouble shooting, and repair of electrical circuits and equipment.

During their two years of study, students will receive instruction and hands-on training in the laboratory for the following areas of specialization.

  • Residential Wiring
  • Magnetic Motor & Circuit Control
  • Raceway Systems
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
  • Lighting Systems
  • Industrial/Commercial Wiring
  • Alarm Systems
  • Single & 3-Phase Electrical Power Systems
  • 1ø & 3ø Motors
  • Hydraulics
  • Hazardous Location Wiring
  • Process Measurements
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Pneumatics
  • Wind turbine installation design, installation, and maintenance
  • Photo Voltaic installation design, installation, and maintenance

Practical (hands-on) application of the classroom theory is the main emphasis of the laboratory work. Electrical construction and maintenance electrician students assist in the design and installation of the electrical installations of many projects both on and off campus. Approximately one-third of lab time is spent on actual work sites, gaining real-life work experience.

Senior electrical students create completely automated projects in the lab using PLCs, pneumatics, electronics, and process controls.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Read, interpret, and apply technical information from the National Electrical Code.
  • Perform basic and complex mathematical equations as they apply to the electrical trade
  • Perform layout, design and installation for commercial and industrial wiring systems.
  • Perform entry level layout, design, and installation of residential wiring systems.
  • Apply combined knowledge to perform maintenance and troubleshooting procedures within the electrical trade.
  • Students will develop an understanding to efficiency, design , and NEC requirements as pertaining to renewable energy systems
  • Design, size, lay-out, and select equipment for the electrical systems within a residential dwelling.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Recommended: Algebra; good writing and reading comprehension skills


  • Margaret Pfuntner Scholarship (awarded to a third-semester student) 
  • Joseph & Carmella Saccone Memorial Scholarship 
  • Electrical/Electronic Scholarship 
  • Matthew Burzycki Memorial Scholarship 
  • ALSTOM Power Inc./Air Preheater Scholarship
Technical Standards: 

Applicants in the electrical construction and maintenance electrician program must meet the following physical requirements:

  • Must be able to visually translate information on analog or digital meters and other test equipment.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
  • Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away.
  • Must be able to read and decipher information found in technical manuals.
  • Must be able to adhere to all and perform all safety requirements.
Features & Facilities: 
  • Offers hands-on training in residential, commercial, and industrial wiring.
  • Students learn:
    • Drawing interpretation
    • Troubleshooting
    • National Electrical Code
    • Layout and design
  • Freshmen perform all wiring tasks on a house that is built by the college; the senior year focuses on commercial and industrial electrical systems.
Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Internship Opportunities:

Summer internships are available to selected students through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Village of Wellsville Electric Department, and RADEC Corporation in Rochester, allowing students to gain additional, valuable trade experience.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Designer
  • Electrical Trade Union or Non-Union Apprentice
  • Installer
  • Programs that can lead to green careersElectric Motor Control Technician
  • Construction Site Electrician
  • Private Contractor (Residential, Commercial)
  • Electrical Estimator
  • Industrial Maintenance Electrician
  • Electrical Inspector
  • Technical Field Representative
  • PLC Programmer
  • Wholesale Representative
  • Salesperson
  • Electrical Technician
  • Wind Turbine Technician/Installer
  • Photovoltaic Technician/Installer
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State electrical construction and maintenance electrician graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

The following local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have signed articulation agreements with the electrical construction and maintenance technician program at Alfred State.

  • IBEW Local 86, Rochester
  • IBEW Local 237, Niagara Falls
  • IBEW Local 241, Ithaca

The above IBEW Locals have agreed to award qualified graduates from Alfred State's electrical construction and maintenance electrician program, advanced placement in their apprenticeship programs. The degree of advanced placement to be awarded will be determined after review by the joint apprenticeship committee and after all conditions of the joint apprenticeship standards have been met.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Students receive 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training in their two years at the Wellsville campus. Approximately 1,400 hours are hands-on lab work. Classes start at 8 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. each day.

First Semestercredits
ELTR1156Residential Wiring I6
ELTR1166Res Wiring Lab I A6
ELTR1176Res Wiring Lab I B6
Second Semestercredits
ELTR2156Residential Wiring II6
ELTR2166Res Wiring Lab II A6
ELTR2176Res Wiring Lab II B6
Third Semestercredits
ELTR3156Electrical Power Systems6
ELTR3326Magnetic Motor Controls6
ELTR3306Alarms & Special Systems 6
Fourth Semestercredits
ELTR3336Photovoltaic & Wind Turbine Systems6
ELTR3356Programmable Controls for Industrial Automation6
ELTR3366Industrial Automation and Process Controls6

Note: Seniors will rotate through the six courses listed in the third and fourth semesters. These six are taught both semesters.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees283940
Responding to Survey20 (71%)24 (62%)29 (73%)
Employed17 (85%)20 (83%)25 (86%)
Employed in Field17 (100%)19 (95%)25 (100%)
Transferred3 (15%)3 (13%)4 (14%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment--1 (4%)--
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$20,000 - $29,999 (12)
$30,000 - $39,999 (1)
$40,000 - $49,999 (2)
$50,000 - $59,999 (1)
$60,000 - $69,999 (1)
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