Commercial-Residential Electrician

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Commercial-Residential Electrician

Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Diploma

Minimum Credits: 48

Location: Calmar

Entry: Fall


Electricity and electrical devices permeate our existence from our cars and homes to every facet of our daily routine. The Commercial-Residential Electrician program offers an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in residential and commercial electrical service installation as well as a solid theoretical foundation. You are given the opportunity to acquire skills and training in alternating and direct current, National Electrical Code, electrical design, motor control principles and motor repair through classroom experience and a student building project that provides on-site activities.

Commercial-Residential Electrician graduates can seek employment with electrical contractors, private companies and other electrical construction, installation and maintenance employers. The employment placement record for graduates is exceptionally high (near 95 percent). This program is recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors, which awards apprenticeship credit to graduates.

Admissions Requirements
  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. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.

In addition to the College admission procedures outlined, applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent and achieve a minimum ALEKS® score of 15. ACT® or ACT Compass® scores are also acceptable.

Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
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


Term 2
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
ELE:107 Electrical Blueprint Reading 3.0
ELE:135 Electrical Installation 5.0
ELE:146 Commercial-Residential Lab 6.0
ELE:151 National Electrical Code I 3.0


Term 3
ELE:152 National Electrical Code II 3.0
ELE:193 Motor Repair 3.0
ELE:196 Motor Control Principles 4.0
Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,780 - $46,978 and a projected growth of 8.1%, the career outlook for Commercial-Residential Electrician graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

View Gainful Employment information for the program.

Employers of NICC Alumni

A.Y. McDonald Mfg., Dubuque, IA
Ace Hardware, Decorah, IA
Anderson Electric, Lansing, IA
Berch Cabinets, Waterloo, IA
Blake Electric, Postville, IA
Decorah Electric, Decorah, IA
DIRECTV, Decorah, IA
Don Lentz Heating and Cooling, Waterloo, IA
Doug Knuckey Construction, Apple River, IL
Harris Electrical Service, Hopkinton, IA
Hartley Electric, Postville, IA
Hefel Construction, Sherrill, IA
Infastech, Decorah, IA
Kish & Sons Electric Inc., Winona, MN
Konken Electric Inc., Dike, IA
Morse Electric, Dubuque, IA
Mracek Electric, Decorah, IA
Palmer Electric, Rossville, IA
Shaw Electric Inc., Davenport, IA
Rupp Air Management, West Union, IA
Ryan Electric, Fairbank, IA
Tatroe Electric, Waverly, IA
Voltmer Electric, Decorah, IA

Sample Job Titles

Apprentice Electrician
Line Operator

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Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Matt Urbain
Electrical Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 407

Tom Junko
Electrical Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 243

Mark Wilmes
Electrical Instructor
800.728.2256, ext. 409