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Commercial-Residential Electrician

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Diploma


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.

When you graduate from the Commercial-Residential Electrician program, you 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 who award apprenticeship credit to graduates.

Commercial-Residential Electrician

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent and meet the minimum entrance requirement (ACCUPLACER Arithmetic 80 or Elementary Algebra 44) on a basic skills assessment for placement in MAT:063 or higher.

Commercial-Residential Electrician

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 48

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
BCA:112 Intro to Data Processing OR 3.0
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
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


Term 2
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
* Communication Elective 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


Communication Electives: COM:020, COM:723, ENG:021, ENG:105


Commercial-Residential Electrician

Employment Information:

View Gainful Employment information for the program.

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$31,739 - $46,089

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


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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Commercial-Residential Electrician

Additional Information:


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