Electricity is often studied by aspiring electricians or instrument technicians. Electricity courses are available at community and technical colleges as part of the requirements for certificate and associate degree programs in electrical maintenance, electronics, or instrumentation technology. Individuals who want to be electricians may also learn about electricity during apprenticeship programs, which include both formal classroom lessons and hands-on training.
Topics in electricity courses may include the following:
- Electricity fundamentals
- Wiring methods and materials
- AC/DC circuitry
- Magnetic and electric fields
- Electrical codes and safety
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List of Courses
Basic AC and DC Electricity
This introductory electricity course covers the two types of electrical current: alternating (AC) and direct (DC). Basic concepts include AC and DC electricity theory, magnetism, wire splicing, and transformers. Also explored are topics such as Ohm's law, voltage and current, batteries, power, and electromagnetic induction. Students learn the formulas used in electrical math and gain hands-on experience troubleshooting problems.
This course teaches students how to wire a building safely. Elements of electrical wiring include lighting, conductors, branch circuits, and conduits. Students become familiar with the requirements of the National Electrical Code, and will be able to properly install wiring, conduits, and electrical distribution equipment by the end of the course.
National Electrical Code (NEC)
The National Electrical Code sets safety standards for electrical wiring and electrical equipment, and it is enforced by state and local law. Areas covered in this overview course include wiring standards and methods, OSHA regulations, materials, and other topics relating to electrical wiring standards.
Electricity and Magnetism
Usually taught as an introductory physics course, this class spans several topics, starting with the basic concepts of electromagnetism. Students learn about how electric fields are generated, how electricity works within circuitry, and the characteristics of magnetic fields. Some classes also include laboratory experiments with electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetism.