Electrical Systems Technology

Electrical Systems Technology

The Electrical Systems Technology curriculum is designed to provide training for those interested in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems found in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.

What You Will Learn

Training, most of which is hands-on, will include such topics as AC/DC theory, basic wiring practices, programmable logic, controllers, industrial motor controls, the National Electric Code, and other subjects as local needs require. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • read and interpret prints, diagrams, and schematics that relate to the electrical industry
  • choose wiring methods that would be appropriate to the electrical conditions
  • interpret and apply the local, state, and national codes as they relate to any given electrical conditions; the possible conditions would be residential, commercial, and industrial environments
  • perform energy management calculations
  • install simple and complex electrical control wiring, using both relay logic and programmable logic controllers
  • program programmable logic controllers to perform simple control functions as well as advanced functions such as sub-routines, math functions, and data moves

Graduates of this program should qualify for a variety of careers in the electrical field as an on-the-job trainee or apprentice.  

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

The benefits of studying electrical systems technology at Central Piedmont include affordable tuition, day/evening classes, student support services, dedicated and experienced instructors, the opportunity to gain career-ready skills in two years or fewer, a friendly, diverse campus environment, and paid work-based learning programs available for those who qualify. Our program is approved for workplace learning opportunities while you are in school — Central Piedmont has an entire department dedicated to connecting students with applicable work based learning opportunities such as cooperative education (co-op), internships, and/or apprenticeships. Instead of attending “class” in a traditional classroom, during a workplace learning course you work with an employer in a position directly related to electrical systems technology for a semester. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the student Electrical Systems Society. 

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.