Electrical Technology Diploma

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Industrial Technology

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Electrical Technology Diploma 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 diploma will have earned an Electrical Technology certificate by completion. 

Job Outlook

7,611 Jobs (2020)

+13.5% Change (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 Diploma 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 diploma.


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

Career Examples

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  • Equipment Specialist
  • Engineering Technician

First Semester

ELT 215 - Motors and Controls 2.0 Credit(s)
IND 109 - Equipment Safety and Operation 3.0 Credit(s)
ELE 155 - National Electrical Code I 2.0 Credit(s)
ELE 326 - Basics of Wiring 2.0 Credit(s)
MAT 743 - Technical Math 3.0 Credit(s)
ELT 196 - Circuit Analysis I 5.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 17.0 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)
ELE 156 - National Electrical Code II 2.0 Credit(s)
ELE 180 - Electrical Lighting Systems 2.0 Credit(s)
SER 175 - Advanced Solar Energy: Photovoltaic 4.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 35.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

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 the 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.
  • Define and demonstrate effective team-building skills.
  • Demonstrate technical communication skills including proficient use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.

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