Electrical Technology Certificate

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Industrial Technology

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Degree, Certificate or Diploma


Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Electrical Technology Certificate Program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain, and repair electric apparatus and systems such as residential, commercial, and industrial electric-power wiring; and DC and AC motors, controls, and electrical distribution panels. Includes instruction in the principles of electronics and electrical systems, wiring, power transmission, safety, industrial and household appliances, job estimation, electrical testing and inspection, and applicable codes and standards.

Students who complete this certificate will earn credit toward completion of the Electrical Technology diploma.

Job Outlook

7,186 Jobs (2020)

+13.0% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

The Electrical Technology Certificate program provides students with the training essential for positions as an electrician in residential or commercial construction or industrial maintenance.  The program provides training in advanced motor control, conduit installation and bending techniques, blueprint reading and wiring practices. Students are trained to install, replace, and repair electrical equipment and understand industry safety practices. This program is designed to meet the related technical instruction for some DOL apprenticeship programs.  Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate.


  • Entry: $23.77
  • Average: $30.88
  • Experienced: $45.76

Career Examples

  • Journeyman Electricians
  • Security Alarm Technicians
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Electricians
  • Electrician Apprentices
  • Foremen
  • Construction Supervisors
  • Maintenance Electricians

First Semester

ELT 196 - Circuit Analysis I 5.0 Credit(s)
ELE 326 - Basics of Wiring 2.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 7.0 Credits

Second Semester

ELE 179 - Advanced Wiring Systems 5.0 Credit(s)
ELE 227 - Electrical Blueprint Reading 2.0 Credit(s)
ELE 207 - Residential Electrical Services 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 10.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 17.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Describe how systems, components, and theories work, including the operating principles for common electrical, electronic, and electromechanical components and devices such as but not limited to AC and DC sources, resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors, digital systems, control systems, power systems, and motors.
  • Apply hands-on skills, such as use of tools, soldering, circuit assembly, analytical instrumentation skills (including use of meters and the oscilloscope), and computer simulation.
  • Interpret specification sheets circuit schematics, and mechanical drawings.
  • Demonstrate organized troubleshooting skills.

Program Disclaimers

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