Electrical Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Electrical Technology is designed to provide students with a broadened educational background and leadership skills in electrical technology. This expertise will allow employment within the industry in the areas of management, sales, field service, business ownership or instruction. Students are admitted to the AAS in Electrical Technology only through the Electric League of Arizona.


Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Electrical Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Admissions criteria

Formal application and admission to the program by the Electric League of Arizona and a high school diploma, GED, or 6 months electrical industry or related experience.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Solve mathematical and algebraic problems using equations and formulas. (ELC103)
  • Define and describe principles, concepts, and devices related to electronics and solid state technology. (ELC119, ELC120)
  • Interpret blueprints specific to residential, industrial, and commercial wiring and the uniform electrical codes. (ELC123, ELC124, ELC125)
  • Describe and analyze the design and operation of specific, programmed control systems. (ELC144)
  • Describe National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for hazardous locations and inspection practices. (ELC160, ELC161)
  • Interpret electrical code requirements for grounding and bonding. (ELC164)
  • Explain the principles and operation of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motors, generators, and alternators. (ELC210)
  • Perform electrical maintenance and service on contacts and starters, control devices, reversing circuits and power distribution systems. (ELC217)
  • Describe principles and operations of frequency controlled AC motor drives and perform electrical maintenance and service on current source inverters (CSI), variable voltage inverters (VVI) and pulse width modulated inverters (PWM). (ELC218)
  • Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field. (FYE101, FYE103)
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
FYE101Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success (1) OR
FYE103Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success (3)1-3
Residential Wiring15
ELC103Electrical/Mechanical Calculations3
ELC119Concepts of Electricity and Electronics3
ELC123Residential Electrical Wiring and Codes3
ELC160Applied Electrical Codes I3
ELC164Grounding and Bonding3
Commercial Wiring12
ELC120Solid State Fundamentals3
ELC125Commercial Electrical Wiring and Codes3
ELC161Applied Electrical Codes II3
ELC217Motor Controls3
Industrial Wiring12
ELC124Industrial Electrical Wiring and Codes3
ELC144Basic Automated Systems Using Programmable Controllers3
ELC210AC Machinery and DC Machinery3
ELC218Variable Frequency Drives3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area except COM225 Public Speaking.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
equivalent course or satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1)4

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