Trade Electricity

  • Program Highlights:

    Two-Year NYSED Approved CTE Program

    Students interested in a future as an electrician participate in this program to learn how to control electricity and to run modern technology. Basic year students study single-phase power systems. They learn to install electrical equipment, which meets industry standards for housing and small business applications, as well as the skill to troubleshoot electrical issues they encounter. Students also examine emerging power systems such as solar, wind, and hybrid technologies.

    Second-year students study three-phase power systems, conduit installations and special systems installed in commercial and industrial applications such as fire alarm, controls, and low voltage technology. Second-year students may attend a co-op with a local electrical contractor working in the field to attain valuable on-the-job experience while getting paid and earning credit.

Trade Electricity student
  • Basic (Year 1)

    Residential Electricity

    • Basic Electrical Theory
    • Ohm’s and Watt’s Law
    • Residential Wiring
    • National Electrical Code (NEC) Basics
    • Safety Procedures
    • OSHA 10 Hour Course
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • NCCER Core Credit
    • Print Reading
    • Hand and Power Tool Knowledge

    Advanced (Year 2)

    Industrial/Commercial Electricity

    • Electrical Theory
    • Commercial Wiring
    • National Electrical Code (NEC)
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Conduit Installation
    • Three Phase Installations
    • Special Systems
    • NCCER Level 1 Credit
    • Complex Circuits, Controls
    • Work Experience


Industry Based Exam/Certifications

    • National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam – Electrical Construction Technology
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour certification



  • Career Connections

    • Electrician
    • Electrician's Helper
    • Electrical Apprentice
    • Electrical Inspector
    • Electrical Lineperson
    • Industrial Electrician
    • Residential Electrician
    • Solar/Wind Technician

    College Programs

    • Construction and Maintenance Electrician
    • Electrical Engineering Technology 
    • Electrical Technology

Items to Consider

  • Successful students:

    • Follow safety procedures and practice safe work habits at all times
    • Work both individually and as a team member
    • Use hand and power tools
    • Troubleshoot electrical problems
    • Read at or above a 9th grade level
    • Purchase and wear a Trade Electricity work shirt ($15) and safety toe work boots ($25 or more), as well as purchase a non-contact voltage tester (approximately $15–$20).