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, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and 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