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Industrial Electrician

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Associate of Applied Science


Since the widespread application of electricity in business and industry in the 1900s, there has been an increasingly strenuous demand for trained electricians. The Northeast Iowa Community College Industrial Electrician program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the electrical field. You 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. You acquire knowledge and skills through classroom experiences and on-site activities at a student building project.

When you graduate, you will have excellent opportunities for employment as an electrician in an educational institution; at a utility, municipal, state or federal agency; food processing plan; manufacturing facility 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. The excellent employment placement record (around 96 percent) for the Industrial Electrician program demonstrates that NICC graduates receive outstanding recognition and opportunity from employers as they seek their chosen career. This program is recognized by the Iowa Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Program, Associated Builders and Contractors and the State of Minnesota Board of Electricity, which award apprenticeship credit to graduates.

Industrial 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, an applicant to this program 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 Elementary Algebra or higher.

Industrial Electrician

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 73

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
* General Education Elective 4.0


Term 2
ELE:135 Electrician Installation 5.0
ELE:151 National Electrical Code I 3.0
* General Education Electives 10.0


Term 3
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


Term 4
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 PLC's 6.0


General Education Electives:
One Communication Elective: ENG:105  
Math Electives: MAT:744; or MAT:120 and MAT:130
One Science Elective: PHY:106, PHY:162
One Social Science Elective: PSY:112


Industrial Electrician

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$31,739 - $46,089

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of past NICC Alumni

Anderson Electric Service, Lansing, IA
Berch Cabinets, Waterloo, IA
Bosso Electric, Rock Island, IL
Crossroads Academy, Decorah, IA
Decorah Electric, Decorah, IA
Doug Knuckey Construction
Fike Electric, New Hampton, IA
Hartley Electric, Postville, IA
McCallister Electrical Services, Cascade, IA
Mracek Electric, Decorah, IA
New Hampton Electric, New Hampton, IA
Norplex, Postville, IA
Pattison Sand, Clayton, IA
Perry Novak Electric, Decorah, IA
Price Industrial Electric, Hiawatha, IA
Prier Brothers, Dyersville, IA
Rich's Electric & Crane Service, Lime Springs, IA
Ryan Electric, Fairbank, IA
Structural Contracting Inc., Ossian, IA

Sample Job Titles

Electrician/Grain Dryer "Motor Control"


Industrial Electrician

Additional Information:

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


Includes house project among other projects

Articulation Agreement

Northeast Iowa Community College maintains articulation agreements with many area colleges and universities. The Industrial Electrian program has an official articulation in place with the University of Northern Iowa.


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

Jeff Cooper
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