Electrical Trades Program

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Electrical Trades

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Our Instructors

Mr. Jeff Bertke
Level I & II Instructor
bertkej@uppervalleycc.org
937.778.1980 x745

Mr. Drew Ihle
Electrical Trades Paraprofessional 
ihled@uppervalleycc.org
937.778.1980 x747

What We Do in Electrical Trades

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Program Fundamentals

Electricity is a very valuable resource, and learning to respect and use that power properly is the basis of the Electrical Trades program. 

  • Read blueprints and electrical layouts

  • Practice electrical safety procedures

  • Install residential & commercial wiring

  • Use electrical test equipment

  • Layout and install circuits

  • Install electrical devices

  • Troubleshoot electrical problems

  • Install electrical services

  • Bend and install conduit

  • Troubleshoot electrical circuitry on machines

  • Install motor controls

  • Wire motor control/safety device circuits

  • Understand programmable controller principles

  • Understand principles of computer controls

Employers 5 Top Needs

You will learn and practice these and many more skills that employers are look for:

  1. Ability to work in a team structure

  2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems

  3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization

  4. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work

  5. Ability to obtain and process  information

(Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers )

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Career Development

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Career Pathways

Construction is the largest industry in the US. This program prepares you for a diverse range of careers.

  • Commercial Electrician

  • Industrial Electrician

  • Residential Electrician

  • Factory Maintenance

  • Machine Installer

  • Security Systems Installer

  • Fire Alarm Installer

  • Computer Network Designer/Installer

Certifications Earned

  • Lockout/Tagout

  • Boom lift

  • Skid steer loader

  • Forklift operator

  • OSHA 10 hr

  • State Fire Alarm License

  • Scissor lift

Earning Potential

  • Company Owner

  • Senior PM/Estimator    $75,000 - $95,000/yr

  • Project Manager    $50,000 - $75,000/yr

  • Estimator    $45,000 - $75,000/yr

  • Foreman    $25.00 - $35.00/hr

  • Journeyman    $20.00 - $25.00/hr

  • Apprentice Level 1-4    $13.00 - $20.00/hr

  • Helper    $12.00-13.00/hr

Work-based Learning Opportunities

Students who qualify have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year. All three programs allow students to work within their career field while attending school on a modified schedule, so you they gain skills, experience and competitive wages.

Learn more here!

Career Advancement Center

College Credits

  • Edison State Community College

  • Sinclair Community College

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