Industrial Electrician

Construction Technology

The Industrial Electrician program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the electrical field. Students learn the basic principles of electricity in DC/AC theory, the rules set up for the industry in National Electrical Code, and the fundamental skills required by the job market in motor repair, motor control principles, solid state fundamentals, industrial principles and design, and programmable logic controllers. Students acquire knowledge and skills through classroom experiences and on-site activities at a student building project.

Graduates will have excellent opportunities for employment as an electrician in an educational institution; at a utility, municipal, state or federal agency; food processing plants; manufacturing facilities; and countless other businesses and industries that rely on the skills and experience of qualified electricians to troubleshoot, test, inspect, maintain and repair electrical machinery and wiring. This program is recognized by the Iowa Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Program, Associated Builders and Contractors, the state of Minnesota Board of Electricity and Dubuque Electrical Apprenticeship Trust, which awards apprenticeship credit to graduates.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 73
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $16,206*
Program Supplies: $500 - 700

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$22,331 - 74,109

Estimated annual salary range for Construction Technology graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.

In addition to the College admission procedures outlined, applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent and achieve a minimum ALEKS® score of 30. ACT® or ACT Compass® scores are also acceptable.

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2019-2020 Industrial Electrician Class Schedule


ELE:117 DC Theory (8 weeks) 5.0
ELE:118 AC Theory (8 weeks) 5.0
ELE:142 Electrical Materials Identification 1.0
MAT:744 Technical Math 4.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


ELE:173 Electrician Installation 5.0
ELE:151 National Electrical Code I 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
PHY:106 Survey of Physics 4.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0


ELE:107 Electrical Blueprint Reading 3.0
ELE:146 Commercial-Residential Lab 6.0
ELE:152 National Electrical Code II 3.0
ELE:193 Motor Repair 3.0
ELE:196 Motor Control Principles 4.0


ELE:147 Estimating 1.0
ELE:148 Solid State Fundamentals 4.0
ELE:171 Power Systems 4.0
ELE:172 Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics 3.0
ELE:220 Application of PLCs 6.0

During term 1, students will complete a ten-hour OSHA training course online through Career Safe Online. This needs to be completed prior to the start of the spring semester, and a copy of the card needs to be presented to the instructor to continue in the program.

This Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective is required.

Industrial Electrical Program is pending accreditation/certification with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. The program also requires 2000 hours towards certification with the Iowa Electrical Examining Board and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

The Industrial Electrician program maintains formal articulation agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 168
  • Location: Peosta
David Ferkingstad

David Ferkingstad
Electrical Program Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800.728.2256, ext. 243
  • Location: Calmar
Jeff Foster

Jeffrey Foster
Electrical Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800.728.2256, ext. 244
  • Location: Calmar