Electrician Trade School for Chicago, IL and Surrounding Areas

Want a new career? Consider becoming an electrician. Experts estimate that electrician positions will grow 20% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average occupation in the United States. This will happen because advances in technology will require homes and businesses to have more wiring, and electricians will need to install the latest components.

Consider becoming an electrician. Experts estimate that electrician positions will grow 20% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average occupation in the United States. This will happen because advances in technology will require homes and businesses to have more wiring, and electricians will need to install the latest components.

COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1: Electrical Safety (NFPA “National Fire Protection Association” and OSHA)

Upon completion of this module, students will thoroughly understand the hazards and dangers of electricity with the use of the NFPA standards, personal protective equipment (PPE), lockout/tagout (LOTO); the development of safe work practices will also be covered. During this module students will take an OSHA 30 Hour Safety Training. This training is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in the construction industry.

Module 2: Fundamentals of Electricity and Construction

Upon completion of this module, students will understand the fundamentals of electricity and the concepts of single phase power and proper meter(s) use. Students will study the circuitry used in the residential housing industry, installation/maintenance practices, and proper wiring skills such as slicing and termination. (Subject Mater: Nature of electricity, voltage, current, resistance, ohm’s law, series, parallel, combination circuits, magnetism, electromagnets, transformers, AC principles, DC principles, types of electrical maintenance, single phase AC power, and single phase generation principles.)

Module 3: Conduit Bending

This module is designed to teach the student the various methods of bending conduit employed in the electrical construction industry. The focus of the course is on hand-type benders and methods of conduit installation utilized in the commercial and residential housing industry. Conduit bending techniques utilizing commonly used benders in electrical construction, hand-operated and automatic cutting and threading devices will also mastered. (Subject Mater: Selecting proper conduit size, type, and installation procedures.)

Module 4: Technical Math

Upon completion of this module, students will have mastered the calculations and applications of the formulas used in the electrical construction industry. Code calculations and problem solving techniques used in the application of Ohm’s Law in accordance with the NEC and CEC will also be discussed and mastered.

Module 5: Advanced Electricity and Construction

Upon completion of this module, students will understand advanced electrical concepts and the principals of three phase power. Students will learn advanced skills in installation/maintenance while developing their abilities in testing and troubleshooting. The theory and the practical application of transformers as used in the electrical industry will also be discussed. Student will learn about common hardware and wiring materials used in the electrical construction industry. The use of rope, knot tying, and basic rigging; drill gauges, drilling and tapping holes in metal, and drill sharpening; using knockout sets, hole saws, concrete anchors and fastening devices; and the use and care of hand tools, drill motors, hammer drills and grinding wheels will also be taught. (Subject Mater: Three phase Connections, three phase AC Power, wire size/insulation, installation of wire/raceways, and cable trays, wiring switches/receptacles, lighting circuits, motors, and proper use of wire nuts.)

Module 6: Programmable Controls

Upon completion of this module, student will have mastered the basic concepts and theory of installation, operation, and maintenance of programmable control systems commonly used in the electrical industry. Programming techniques on Allen-Bradley systems PL5/20, PLC5/11, and SLC 5/03 CPU programmable controllers will be covered.

Module 7: Blue Print Reading

Upon completion of this module, student will have gained a thorough knowledge of residential and commercial construction prints and their use with both the Chicago Electrical Code and National Electrical Code. Students will understand symbols, nomenclature, schedules and specifications to a point where you will be able to look at a drawing and understand exactly what the architect/engineer is trying to convey. (Subject Mater: Site plans, one line diagrams of service and distribution systems, floor plan electrical drawings, schematics, equipment schedules to be used in design and installation, and the relationship between print readings and code compliances.)

Module 8: Electrical Coding (NEC and CEC Codes)

Upon completion of this module, students will thoroughly understand how and why the codes were established and how to maintain compliant with NEC “National Electrical Code” and CEC “Chicago Electrical Code”. (Subject Mater: Installation requirements, development/implementation of electrical codes, review CEC, and differences of the NEC and CEC.)

Module 9: Electrical Estimating

Upon completion of this module, students will have obtained the proper skills to prepare accurate, competitive bids with fewer mistakes and forgotten items. Principles and techniques applied to activities and problems in the electrical industry will also be discussed. (Subject Mater: Review specs and plans, organizing your take-off, material pricing , applying labor units, job factoring, Requesting and reviewing quotations, applying overhead & profit, alternates, change orders, setting up an estimating database, and using you estimate for ordering job materials and job scheduling.)

Module 10: Career Readiness

In this module students will be given the tools needed for today’s job market. A career form will be filled out in order to access the student’s needs relating to job placement. At this time a profile and resume will be created in our personal HVAC TECH job board located on the HVAC TECH website. Upon completion of this module, students will have an exit interview with the job developer to discuss the next step in the employment process and help outline a career strategy.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Electricians install and maintain electrical communications, control systems, lighting, and power in homes and businesses. Our electrician school in Chicago, IL will prepare for you job opportunities by teaching you how to:

  • Follow state and local building regulations based on the National Electric Code
  • Install and maintain wiring, lighting, and control systems
  • Inspect circuit breakers, transformers, etc.
  • Read blueprints and technical designs
  • Repair or replace electrical equipment, fixtures, and wiring

We will also provide you with hands-on training so you can follow OSHA and NFPA regulations.

WHAT YOU'LL BECOME

How you use these skills is up to you; however, our trade school and electrician classes will give you a competitive edge in the industry. If you choose, you can specialize as an inside or residential electrician.

  • Inside Electrician: Maintain and repair large control systems, equipment, and motors for factories and businesses. You'll use your knowledge of electrical systems to help facilities run efficiently and safely.
  • Residential Electrician: Install wiring and troubleshoot electrical problems for homes and families. You'll install outlets in new home construction and provide access to power where needed. You may also maintain, repair, or replace faulty electrical equipment.

No matter what type of electrician you become, our electrician training in Chicago, IL will help you develop a bright future.

READY TO START?

If you're interested in our electrician program, feel free to call us at 773-927-9562 to learn more, or fill out our contact us form to get started.

In order to keep up with today's technology and better prepare our students for the HVAC industry, HVAC Technical Institute reserves the right to add or remove any courses and/or materials that will assist you in your education. HVAC Technical Institute also reserves the right to shorten or lengthen any sections or modules as it feels necessary. Video and/or tape recordings are not allowed in the lab and/or classroom. All modules must be taken and/or passed to receive a HVAC Technical Institute certificate.