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Electrical Wiring- Residential
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Available Classes
    Section Location Begin Date End Date Instructor Price Seats Available/Total Seats
276649 Eastern Wake Campus 04/11/2023 07/27/2023 D. Wilson $225.00 4/16
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Electrical Companies Workers and Owners.
This course provides the knowledge and skills for becoming an electrician or pursuing other careers in the electrical trade. It includes theory and practice on electrical circuits, ohm’s law, alternating and direct currents, series and parallel circuits, electrical tools and equipment, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting, electrical components and symbols, distribution systems, use of the NEC (National Electrical Code), and electrical blueprint reading. Hands-on instruction in standardized wiring techniques, methods, and materials will take place with instructor supervision in a lab equipped to simulate real conditions. The course also includes a review of the NC Electrical Contractor exam (Special Restricted Examination: Single Family Detached Residential Dwelling (SP-SFD)). Students should bring their own tools/materials (a list will be provided on the first day of class) and wear safety clothes, gloves, shoes and glasses.
Course Objectives
  1. have understanding of basic knowledge of residential wiring
    1.1 Understand how electricity and electrical equipment work
    1.2 Identify different kinds of cables, boxes and devices
    1.3 Know basic operation of switches, receptacles and light fixtures
    1.4 Do minor repairs of electrical systems
    1.5 Apply general safety practices while working with electricity
    1.6 Basic knowledge of residential wiring
    1.7 Prepare the students to become an apprentice in electrical wiring
    1.8 Develop good business practices
    1.9 Basic knowledge of NEC for wiring purposes
Outline of Instruction
  1. Orientation to the electrical trade
    Describe the apprenticeship/training process for electricians and various career paths/opportunities one might follow in the electrical trade. State the tasks typically performed by an electrician and explain the responsibilities and aptitudes of an electrician, introduction to the basic math, conversions, and use of the calculator.

    Electrical theory one
    Offers a general introduction to the electrical concepts, electronic configuration of elements, conductors, insulators, and semiconductors. Introduction to voltage, current, resistance, and electromotive force. Introduces resistors, resistance, and conductance. Resistors in series, parallel, and series-parallel.

    Electrical theory two
    Ohm’s law applied to DC series circuits, and Kirchhoff's law, circuit analysis, electric power equations. DC circuit analysis, introduction to capacitance and capacitors.

    Electrical theory three
    Introduction to inductance and inductors, Analysis of resistive, capacitive and inductive circuits, to AC theory, introduction to transformers, and power distribution systems. Introduction to basic AC electric circuits, conductors, wire, cable types, switches, and protective devices.

    Electrical test equipment continuation and hands focuses on proper selection, inspection, use, and maintenance of common electrical test equipment. Allows trainees to practice using many of the instruments while learning the appropriate test procedures and safety rules.

    Introduction to the national electrical code® and hands on
    Provides a navigational road map for using the NEC®, introduces the layout of the NEC® and the types of information found within the code book, allows trainees to practice finding information using an easy-to-follow procedure, types of loads in residential electric circuits.

    Device boxes: describe the different types of nonmetallic and metallic boxes, identify the appropriate box type and size for a given application, select and demonstrate the appropriate method for mounting a given box.

    Conductors: focuses on the types and applications of conductors and covers proper wiring techniques, stresses the appropriate NEC® requirements.

    Wiring: residential electric circuits, covers the electrical devices and wiring techniques common to residential construction and maintenance, allows trainees to practice making service calculations, stresses the appropriate NEC® requirements.

    Wiring: introduction to different types of schematics, electric diagrams, and wiring diagrams, and ladder diagrams, to wiring panel board, receptacles, switches, boxes, cables, and loads, to 3-way and 4-way, to smoke and fire detectors, to conduits and raceways.

    Door bell system, real power, apparent power, reactive power, and energy calculations, sizing conductors and overcurrent protection devices, introduction to switches with pilot light, to fluorescent lights.

    NOTE: Instructors may change the course schedule to better serve the students in the class.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Students are required to bring the following items: Safety clothes, glasses, gloves and electrical hazard (EH) safety shoes.
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Successful completion of this course requires 90% attendance and satisfactory class participation (i.e., be able to demonstrate proficiency in all concepts taught). If a student has extenuating circumstances causing absences of greater than 10% of the class time, the student must make arrangements with the instructor to provide evidence of keeping up with the class material and making up the work, exercises, and projects missed; or demonstrate competency in the course objectives.
  4. Lab exercises, when applicable, are due on the date assigned by the instructor. Late assignments may be accepted only at the instructor’s discretion.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Electrical Companies Workers and Owners.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Residential Electrician Helpers
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
Electrician Journeyman Licensed
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Electrical Technicians
  • Electrician Helpers
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Course Contact Information
Vocational Training Department