Industrial Electrician

A man in a safety vest and yellow hard hat fixes electrical wires.

Industrial Electrician

Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 73

Location: Calmar

Entry: Fall


Since the widespread application of electricity in business and industry in the 1900s, there has been an increasingly strenuous demand for trained electricians. This 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. The excellent employment placement record (around 96 percent) for the Industrial Electrician program demonstrates that Northeast Iowa Community College 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, Contractors and the State of Minnesota Board of Electricity, and Dubuque Electrical Apprenticeship Trust which award 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
ELE:135 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


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 PLCs 6.0

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 from the areas listed above is required.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,780 - $46,978 and a projected growth of 8.1%, the career outlook for Industrial 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.

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"

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 Electrician program has an official articulation in place with the University of Northern Iowa.

Transfer Information

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.


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