College students generally take electrical classes within such degree programs as electronics, engineering, manufacturing, construction or computer science. These programs are offered by 2 and 4-year schools at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses provide training in installing electrical components, making electrical repairs or conducting general electronics maintenance. Admission and graduation requirements vary by program.
Individuals with electrical training may choose to become electricians or electrical specialists in multiple industries, such as automotive repair, energy production, entertainment or electronic design. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many states require electricians to complete a formal licensing process, although each state has different licensing procedures. In New Jersey, electricians are required to apply to the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors for licensure. Applicants must show proof of five years of recent experience in the field and pass a competency exam to receive their licenses. There are 22 schools in New Jersey that offer electrical classes, and the ten largest schools' programs are reviewed below.
Bergen Community College
Located in Paramus, this school offers associate degree programs in electronic technology, general engineering technology and manufacturing technology, and each of these programs offer some electrical classes. Specific electrical class topics in these programs include DC circuit analysis, electronics, AC circuit analysis and electronics technology. The theater department also has a class in stage electrics. Students in this course learn about setting up, using and fixing the electrical components associated with stage sound systems and stage lighting.
Brookdale Community College
At the campus in Lincroft, electrical classes are offered in three main fields, two of which include electronic technology and electric utility technology. The electronic technology department offers an associate degree program that trains students to become electronic/computer technicians. This department also has another associate degree program that prepares individuals for electronics engineering technology careers. Classes in either of the electronics technology programs discuss analog electrical skills and techniques, electronic devices and electrical circuits. Students interested in the electronic utility technology program can specialize in either overhead lines or substations. Common courses in either program include transformers and control, electrical transmission and distribution, switchgears and electrical circuits for power distribution. Students have to take an additional 18 credits of courses in their field of specialty to complete either program, and students must participate in an electric utility internship as well.
Burlington County College
Students at this school in Pemberton can take electrical classes in such fields as automotive, electronics engineering technology, computer servicing and entertainment technologies. In the automotive department, there is only one class that focuses specifically on electricity and electronics, and topics discussed in this course include ignition systems, electrical systems diagnoses and basic electrical repairs. Students interested in the electronics engineering technology degree program can also choose to direct their studies toward computer servicing and networking technology. Courses within this area of focus cover circuits, digital circuits, microprocessor systems and networking fundamentals. The electronics engineering technology program includes similar courses as well as classes in analog integrated circuits and advanced courses in circuitry. Students in the entertainment technologies program can choose lighting engineering as a field of specialty where they will learn about the electrical principles involved with installing and maintaining lighting features for stage productions.
Camden County College
Located in Blackwood, this college offers several electrical classes in such areas as automotive, computer science, technology, electromechanical engineering and photonics. There are two levels of electrical/electronic principles courses related strictly to automotive electrical systems. The general electrical/electronics principles course is a required fundamental class for several other programs, including computer science, alternative energy, photonics, technology and engineering. Students may also want to consider associate degree programs with significant electrical coursework training. For example, this campus offers associate degrees in such fields as electrical/electronic technology, electromechanical engineering and laser/electro-optic technology. Classes in these fields may discuss digital circuits, electronics, programming, electric motors and laser electronics.
Essex County College
Electrical classes at this school in Newark provide training in such areas as electronic engineering, electrical engineering and electrical code technology. Courses in the electronic engineering program discuss linear circuit analysis, semiconductor components, communication systems and electric power. Students in the engineering technology program can choose to specialize in electrical engineering, where field specialization courses cover engineering circuits and systems, pulse and digital circuits as well as microprocessors. The electrical code technology certificate program trains students to become electrical inspectors for the construction industry. This certificate program does not require students to complete electrical classes, but students will gain the knowledge of how electrical components and wiring are supposed to be installed to meet safety standards. There is also a class in electrical circuits that discusses both DC and AC circuitry, and this is a required class for a few different programs, including one certificate program in renewable energy.
At the campus in Union, students can take several physics classes that discuss electricity, or they can take electrical classes in such fields as architecture or electrical engineering. Most of the physics classes talk about the properties of electricity, such as how electricity affects magnetism. For more vocational-based courses, students may consider a class in architectural lighting design, which discusses electrical systems in buildings and how the use of electrical light affects the aesthetics of architectural design. There is also a bachelor's degree program in science and technology that offers a concentration in electrical engineering. Students in this program learn about circuits and systems, random signals and noise, electronic circuits, linear systems, microprocessors, digital designs and electromagnetic fields.
Middlesex County College
There is an electrical engineering technology program at this college in Edison that results in either a certificate or an associate degree. Classes in this field of study may include electrical/electronic devices and circuits, electronic circuits and systems, microcomputers, digital electronics, electronic design and electrical control systems. Many of these same electrical classes are available in other majors, including mechanical engineering and civil engineering. There are also electrical courses in the automotive department, and these courses teach students about AC and DC circuitry, automotive electrical systems (e.g. alternators, batteries and starters), electrical testing equipment and automotive wiring diagrams.
Passaic County Community College
Electrical classes are available through the electronic engineering technology associate degree program at this school in Paterson. Students pursuing the degree must complete 34 credits of core classes, including digital logic circuits, AC circuits, microprocessors, electrical circuits and electronics. In addition to taking electrical circuitry courses, students will learn how electrical circuits power and operate computer components and software, such as programmable logic controllers. Since this degree program combines electrical classes with technology courses, students will also have the opportunity to learn about computer programming and computer-aided design (CAD) software.
Located in Glassboro, this university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in electrical and computer engineering. Bachelor's degree students take classes in signals and systems, engineering electromagnetism, microprocessors, electrical communication systems and digital signal processing. At the master's degree level, students learn about digital image processing, embedded system design, instrumentation and artificial neural networks. The physics department also offers several classes about electricity, including such classes as electricity and magnetism or electric circuits. Many of these physics courses can be taken as electives within multiple majors, including the electrical computer engineering programs.
Thomas Edison State College
At this school's campus in Trenton, there are nine undergraduate degree programs that offer electrical classes, including programs in biomedical electronics, electrical technology, energy systems technology and energy utility technology. Students can earn associate degrees in science and technology and choose to focus their studies in such areas as biomedical electronics or electrical technology. Common courses in both of these programs include AC circuits, electronic devices and DC circuits. Students in the electrical technology concentration will also learn about AC and DC machines, industrial motor controls and digital circuits. The bachelor's degree program in applied science and technology offers multiple concentration options as well, such as the energy systems technology option or the energy utility technology option. The energy systems technology program requires students to learn about both AC and DC circuits, whereas the energy utility technology program requires students to learn about AC and DC currents. Students in the energy utility technology program also take courses in electrical diagrams, electrical systems safety and electronics fundamentals.
School Comparison Table
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Electrical Classes and Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Bergen Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Stage Electrics Course,
Associate of Applied Science in Career Technologies - Electronic Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Career Technologies - General Engineering Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Career Technologies - Manufacturing Technology
| In-District: $4,500,
|Brookdale Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Technology - Electronic/Computer Technician,
Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Technology - Electronics Engineering Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology - Overhead Lines,
Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology - Substation
| In-District: $4,869,
|Burlington County College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Automotive Electricity/Electronics Class,
Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology with an option in computer servicing and networking technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Entertainment Technologies/Lighting Engineering
| In-District: $4,725,
|Camden County College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Automotive Electrical/Electronic Principles Course,
Electrical/Electronics Principles Course,
Associate of Applied Science in Electrical/Electronic Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Electromechanical Engineering,
Associate of Applied Science in Photonics: Laser/Electro-Optic Technology
| In-District: $4,320,
|Essex County College||2-year, public; large city|| Electrical Circuits: DC and AC Class,
Certificate of Achievement in Electrical Code Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Engineering with a focus in electrical engineering
| In-District: $4,995,
|Kean University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Physics Courses,
Architectural Lighting Design Class,
Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology with a concentration in electrical engineering
| In-State: $12,348,
|Middlesex County College||2-year, public; fringe location|| Automotive Electrical Courses,
Electrical Classes in Various Engineering Fields,
Electrical Engineering Technology Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
| In-District: $3,516,
|Passaic County Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology||In-District: $5,070, In-State: $6,960, Out-of-State: $8,850*|
|Rowan University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Physics Classes,
Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Master of Science in Engineering - Electrical and Computer Engineering
| In-State: $13,697, Out-of-State: $22,339;
|Thomas Edison State College||4-year, public; small city|| Associate of Applied Science in Science and Technology with a concentration in biomedical electronics,
Associate of Applied Science in Science and Technology with a concentration in electrical technology,
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology with a concentration in energy systems technology,
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology with a concentration in energy utility technology
| In-State: $7,519,
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.