Electrical Construction and Maintenance (A.O.S.)

Electrical Construction

The Electrical Construction and Maintenance degree prepares you to enter a career with knowledge and skill in four areas: residential, commercial and industrial installations; transformers; motors and motor control; and industrial electronics.

You will learn about electrical circuits, as well as the theory and mathematics necessary to plan and install electrical systems. Upon graduation, you will have more than 750 hours of hands-on experience.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

This program is offered by the Building Systems Technology Department.

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Program Highlights

  • Provides extensive hands-on training in residential, commercial and industrial environments.
  • Offers quality instruction, bringing field knowledge, practices and experience to the classroom.
  • Utilizes state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Draws open established relationships with industry leaders, providing students with the latest technology and lucrative job opportunities.
  • Gives students the opportunity to earn an associate's degree in a curriculum in which all the courses are electricity related.
  • Graduates of the program are prepared to continue in the college's Photovoltaic Installation Certificate program.
  • The degree fulfills the related instruction component of the state certified apprenticeship program for construction and plant maintenance electricians.

Evening Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

Graduates of this program often have choices of employment in multiple fields, including construction, manufacturing, the utility industry, communications, semiconductor manufacturing and industrial controls.

Program graduates have found work as a: Residential Electrician, Commercial or Industrial Electrician, Electrical Contractor, Estimator, Security and Alarm Installer; Electrical Control Assembler; Power Company Lineman; Telephone Company Installer; Renewable Energy (Wind/Photovoltaic) Installer.

Recent employers include: Albany Engineering; Allied Barton Security; Ambrose Electric; Amtrak; Armored Solutions; AVG; Bills Appliance Repair; Burrows Paper Mill; Central Hudson Gas and Electric; CNY Electric; College of St. Rose; Comalli Group; Con Edison; CorPay; CSX Railroad; EIC, Inc.; Events About Town; Freihofer Baking Company; G. A. S. Electric; Gable Electric; General Electric; George Martin Electric; and GlobalFoundries.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here is the median salary taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Electrician, $51,880; Electronics Installers and Repairers, $55,160; Machinery Maintenance Worker, $48,410.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  1. Understand and perform a sequence of Residential Wiring assignments completed to National Electrical Code standards and safety standards.
  2. Understand and perform a sequence of Conduit sizing, bending, threading, and wire pulling assignments to be completed to National Electric Code and safety standards.
  3. Understand and perform a hands-on experience in the field of transformers and both 3-phase and single-phase motors. All phases of this work comply with the National Electric Code and established safety standards.
  4. Understand and perform a series of prepared assignments for hands-on experience in the field of motor control, including the use of discrete devices, and follow that with the programming, application, and troubleshooting of Programmable Logic Controllers and programming and operating a touch-screen device. All phases of this work comply with the National Electric Code and follow established safety standards.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Brittany Kitterman
Department Chairperson
Williams Hall, Room 128
(518) 629-7275

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309