Electrical Technology


Electrical Technology General Info

Electrical Technology is a great program for those who wish to combine wiring skills with industrial electronic fundamentals. Building on the Industrial and Commercial Wiring program, students will develop additional skills in industrial instrumentation and use the latest technologies for electronic motor drives and plant automation. Further studies include process control of temperature, pressure and liquid flow. Upon completion of the Electrical Technology program, graduates are fully prepared to enter today’s competitive job market.

Our graduates have found success as Process Control Technicians and Plant Maintenance Electricians, to name a few. Also, the Electrical Technology program will enhance the skills used in the residential, commercial and industrial construction fields; these entry level positions have often led to leadership roles within the organization.

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  • Advanced Standing Associate of Applied Science Degree


  • One summer term & one fall semester after completing required ICW courses (graduate in Dec)
  • Summer term entry

Student Profile

  • Basic math skills
  • Communication skills
  • Enjoy working with your hands
  • Interested in electrical field
  • Computer skills helpful

Program Location

  • This program is available on campus. General education courses are available online.

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Student Story BLAKE ODLE

“Someone in the field recommended NCC as the school to go to for this program. The instructors and hands-on learning is great. I already have a job lined up for after graduation!”

Electrical Technology student
Wapello, IA


Requirements for this program

To be accepted into the Electrical Technology Program, you must have first completed the following courses from the Industrial & Commercial Wiring program. Final acceptance is based on space, availability and cumulative GPA.

Course #TitleCredits
ELE120-EFundamentals of Electricity - DC4
ELE121-EFundamentals of Electricity - AC4
ELE154-CCodes & Standards5
ELE168-CIndustrial Wiring Theory/Lab6
ELE170-CPower Distribution2
ELE191-CMotor Theory2
ELE199-CMotor Control Principles5
ELE211-CProgrammable Controllers5
ELE228-CNational Electric Code4
ELT182-CIntroduction to Electronics3
ELT183-CElectronic Control3
MAT106-EElementary Algebra3
ElectiveGeneral Education*3
ElectiveHumanities/Social Science*3
ELT738-EInstrumentation Process Control7
ELE240-EAdvanced PLC Applications3
ELE241-EHMI & Motion Control Fundamentals3
ELT330-CInterfacing Digital Electronics5
ELT842-CProgramming Electronic Controllers5
Total Credits78

*You may take any math, communications, or humanities/social science course with A or E suffix. You may also take Introduction to Computers (CSC110-A) to fulfill the general education elective.

Frequently Asked Questions

Electrical Technology graduates are likely to find themselves in an industrial setting working as an electrical tech or as a plant maintenance electrician. NCC placement rates are 80% BEFORE graduation, 100% after. Five to ten companies come to NCC each year solely to recruit students who participate in this program.

$22.50 per hour. Advancement opportunities include supervisor and plant manager (some of these jobs would be office work and less hands on).

50% of time will be spent on hands-on projects in the lab; the other 50% of time will be spent in lecture.

This program is one-of-a-kind in Iowa. Graduates receive an Advanced Standing AAS degree. NCC was recently recognized as having the #1 Electrical programs in the Nation!

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

Mark Bohnet

Phil Louters

Byron Krull

Troy Klein