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DACC's electrician program teaches students various installation and maintenance techniques for residential, commercial and industrial electrical systems based on the national electrical code (NEC). Faculty members of the program bring to the classroom many years of real-world experience working with and installing various electrical devices used in jobsites.
DACC's general electrician program includes training courses structured around NCCER curriculum and National Electrical Code (NEC) standards. The courses teach students the knowledge and skills needed to install, repair, alter and maintain residential, commercial and industrial electrical systems. Additionally, the Electrician program can provide you with the necessary technical, scientific, communication, and interpersonal skills for successful employment.
Concepts discussed in lecture are applied through hands-on lab projects that utilize DACC's lab facilities. Students work on both team-based and individual projects that simulate real-world jobsites. Lab projects provide students with core hands-on training to build skills needed for the electrician trade.
Many of DACC’s students work with licensed journeyman electricians and contractors to obtain on-the-job training that will apply towards their eligibility to sit for their journeyman electrician license.
Whether taking classes or working on a job site, students enrolled in this program will be required to perform the same job duties and be able to meet the same physical requirements that they will as a graduate in the field. Depending where they find employment, graduates may be required to work in inclement weather, lift up to 50 pounds from the ground, have good eye-hand coordination, work safely around electrical hazards using the appropriate safety equipment, work safely using hand and power tools, ascend and descend stairs and ladders to reach installations, and stand, squat, or kneel for long periods of time.
Electrical Lineworker Option. New Mexico electric cooperatives and private firms that perform electrical line work often find it difficult to fill vacancies. DACC’s Electrical Lineworker Program is a one-year pre-apprenticeship certificate program designed to provide students with the technical background and the manual skills necessary for careers in the installation and maintenance of electrical power cables. This training will apply to other industries such as cable television companies, telephone companies and line construction contractors. Opportunities for advancement into supervisory and management positions within these companies is a possibility, but will require a consistently high job performance along with solid leadership skills by individuals. Students will be exposed to such curriculum topics as AC/DC electrical theory, field training, occupational safety, line construction theory, rigging, and transformers. Campus instruction facilities include a large outdoor training field for pole climbing, line construction, bucket-truck operation and erecting power lines using power-line construction trucks with safety, pole climbing and teamwork highly emphasized. Along with extensive hands-on experience building power lines, students also practice both overhead and underground techniques. As part of the required curriculum, students will be required to work as a cooperative education student with a New Mexico electric cooperative or a private firm that performs electrical line work.
Upon successful completion of the Electrical Lineworker program, the graduate is expected to:
1. Practice the electrical skills of the profession in a conscientious, responsible, and accountable manner while recognizing the need to continue to expand their technical knowledge and skills.
2. Safely climb poles and operate line bucket trucks and pole setting equipment when performing overhead line construction.
3. Safety, teamwork and critical thinking use the acquired analytical skills to solve problems encountered in a field situation.
Graduates are prepared to join the electrical power industry workforce as safe and knowledgeable apprentices.
For course descriptions on any of our program classes, please go to the link(s) below that correspond to your specific field of study.
Aerospace Technology – http://catalog.nmsu.edu/aert
Automation & Manufacturing Tech. - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/mat
Automotive Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/auto
Building Construction Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/bct
Creative Media Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/cmt
Drafting and Design Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/drft
Electronics Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/elt
Environmental & Energy Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/tcen
HVAC - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/hvac
Water Technology – http://catalog.nmsu.edu/watr
Welding Technology - http://catalog.nmsu.edu/weld