Electrical Trades

Last Updated: 6/11/2020 6:37 PM

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Program Description:

Welcome to the Electrical Trades Program. The student experience at Tri-County Career Center is a unique combination of textbook learning and real world hands-on experiences.  We apply Science, Math and Communication Skills to career opportunities.

In this exciting and challenging field, students prepare for careers by developing skills to meet residential and commercial electrical demands. Following blueprints and specifications, students are taught electricians layout, install wiring; attach cables and wiring to incoming electrical service, fixtures, and apparatus; and install switches, circuit breakers and other electrical components.

Students are trained to install and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes by using equipment ranging from hand and power tools to sophisticated testing devices. The curriculum used for training complies with the National Electric Code as well as state and local building codes. Students will get hands-on experience through installation projects that include Habitat Houses for Humanity, Tri-County’s house project, and local community projects.

Electrical Trades prepares students for a mentally challenging, physically demanding job, highly rewarding job. The key to being a successful electrician is skill, knowledge, dedication, and attitude.

Areas of Study:

  • Occupational safety
  • Blueprint reading
  • National Electric Code
  • Electrical measurements
  • Principles of electricity
  • Troubleshooting
  • Proper tool and test equipment operations
  • Wiring skills
  • Installing distribution systems
  • Residential and commercial wiring
  • Electric motor and control systems
  • Estimating
  • Solar power
  • Wind power

Certification Opportunities:

  • Level 1 Electrical certification from National Center for Construction
  • OSHA 10 hour card

Youth Leadership Opportunities:

  • SkillsUSA
  • National Vocational Technical Honor Society

Further Educational Opportunities:

  • Four-year apprenticeship program
  • Two-year associate’s degree in electrical technology
  • Four-year degree in electrical systems management
  • Alternative Energy Program at Hocking College
  • Apprenticeship partnering with Claypool Electric
  • Articulation agreements with Hocking College, Romanoff Group, and IBEW Union Hall

Instructor: Dustin Bolin


740.753.3511 or 800.637.6508


Fees and Recommended Tools

Required program fees include safety glasses, tool rental, workbook, technology and dues for our professional organization.  The purchase of a tool kit for this program is not required.  We strongly recommend the purchase of a tool kit for personal and school use.  Purchasing a tool kit now makes it easier for the student to master many skills needed in the lab and on our job sites.  A personal tool kit is also required by employers before a student can begin any early placement employment or full-time employment.  The following options may be utilized for obtaining training tools.

1.  Purchase tools from a local retail store (quotes provided below.)

2.  Gather up tools from around your home and bring to school. 

If you decide not to purchase a tool kit now, one can be rented from the program for $30.00 a year.

Electrical Trades Toolkit 

Lowes Economy Tool Quote

Lowes Professional Tool Quote

State Electric Supply Tool Quote 

      The student should also have a good pair of work boots (steel toes are strongly discouraged) and appropriate clothing for outside work during the winter months.  Many students have found insulated coveralls to be a good solution. 

Click here for program fees.  For more information, please contact the Treasurer's Office at 740-753-3511