Program Goal and Outcomes
Program Goal: To help prepare students for an entry-level career as an electrician at the apprentice level in the residential and light commercial construction field.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Recognize formulas and their applications to determine quantities and sizes of materials required and their installation processes
- Compute measurement methods and mathematical processes necessary for the preparation and implementation of electrical related projects
- Recognize regulations and procedures related to workplace safety
- Comprehend the principles of interpreting basic electrical blueprints and technical drawings to follow the required specifications of electrical projects
- Understand the composition and usage of materials and processes required for electrical system installations and repairs
- Identify procedures for evaluating and diagnostic testing of electrical components and circuits
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of the United States National Electrical Code
Instruction Set 1
Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal. Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers. Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Getting Started as a Residential Electrician
Electricity simplified; house circuits; electrical distribution.
Instruction Set 2
Working Safely with Electricity
Classifications and categories; National Electrical Code® (NEC®); OSHA; shock; first aid.
Electricians’ equipment; metric conversion; measuring instruments.
DVD: Safe Use of Hand Tools
Parts Kit for Electrical Fundamentals
Instruction Set 3
Nature of Electricity
Simple circuit operation; conductors, insulators, and resistors; electrical symbols used in schematics.
Electrical Equipment, Part 1
Boxes and fittings; pull boxes and splice boxes; conductor and conduit fittings.
Electrical Equipment, Part 2
Devices and loads; switches, relays, thermostats, remote controls, control diagrams, fuses.
Installing Electrical Equipment
DVD: Installing Switches, Receptacles, and Lampholders
Combination Wiring Tool
Parts Kit for Installing Electrical Equipment
Instruction Set 4
Properties and characteristics of conductors; installing and connecting wires and cables in residential circuits; sizing conductors.
Working with Conduit
Installing conduit fittings and supports; tools used to bend conduit; determining conductor and conduit sizing.
Conduit and Conductors
DVD: Doing Conduit Work
Parts Kit for Conduit and Conductors
Instruction Set 5
Wiring Electrical Components, Part 1
Cabling and boxes; three-phase circuits; mounting and wiring boxes.
Wiring Electrical Components, Part 2
Devices and fixtures; lamp control; wiring lamp holders; major appliance and space heater wiring.
Math for the Trades
Basic math operations; English and metric measurement; using a protractor; using formulas to solve problems.
Circuit Analysis and Ohm’s Law
Finding the total resistance in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits; using Ohm’s Law; reading current, voltage, and resistance with a meter.
Working with Multimeters
Performing tests for short circuits; performing resistance tests; measuring current and output voltage.
Working with Circuits
DVD: Special Wiring Applications
Parts Kit for Working with Circuits
Instruction Set 6
Use and measurement of heat; liquid, gas, and resistance thermometers; ultrasonic and solar heating.
Controls for Air Conditioning
Controls for heating, cooling, ventilating, and humidifying; pressure, humidity, and air cleaning.
Reading Electrical Schematic Diagrams
Electrical drawings; schematic symbols; distribution circuits and symbols.
Wiring HVAC Circuits
HVAC System Schematic
Instruction Set 7
Electrical Blueprint Reading
Parts of blueprint, including conduit, cable list, and bill of material; symbols and abbreviations.
Wiring Electrical Circuits
Feeder and branch circuits; wiring a residence; portable, fixed, and stationary appliances.
Connections of single-phase or polyphase
transformers; autotransformers; maintenance.
Advanced Electrical Work
Instruction Set 8
The National Electrical Code®
Working with and interpreting codes; how the code applies to commonly-encountered tasks.
NEC® Graded Project
Evaluating actual wiring diagrams to locate code violations; laying out a portion of a wiring diagram to conform to the NEC.®
Residential Wiring Diagram
National Electrical Code®
Understanding the National Electrical Code®
Work Experience Option
Instruction Set 9
Troubleshooting Electrical Systems
Common problems that occur in electrical systems; basic troubleshooting steps.
Residential, commercial, and industrial electrical installation.
The Business of Electrical Contracting
Employee management; organization; insurance; business costs; bidding; dealing with customers; and business growth.
(Sent to you when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)
• Journeyman Exam Preparation Guide