Oct 02, 2023  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Electrical Technology, AAS

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Both the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) provide the training necessary to enter the field of electrical wiring in residential, commercial, and industrial construction sites. Upon successful completion of the first two semesters, the student has met the requirements to earn a CAS. Successful completion of all four semesters meets the requirement to earn an AAS degree. Graduates are eligible for advanced placement into a registered apprentice position. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to

  • Analyze, configure, troubleshoot, and assist in designing and measuring electrical and electronic circuits and systems;
  • Relate the National Electrical Code to wiring designs and explain how that design ensures safety;
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of three-phase and single-phase systems;
  • Determine the proper grounding techniques to employ for various electrical devices and installations;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in speaking and writing with peers, engineers, teams, and customers using appropriate technologies, including audio, visual, and graphic;
  • Synthesize the theory and operation of transformers with single and three-phase connections and alternating current machines; and
  • Demonstrate the assembly and installation of photovoltaic systems.

Required Courses

First Year

First Semester Total: 14**

**Recommended Course Offering:

Students who successfully complete ETEC 100  Introduction to Mechatronics in addition to the courses listed above are eligible to earn an Electronics Technician, CTS .  

Second Semester Total: 18

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

CAS Total Credits: 32

Second Year

AAS Total Credits: 60

1WRIT 101  is the preferred option.

R Indicates Related Instruction requirement.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Admission Guidelines

Proof of Level 1 math placement OR an official copy of a transcript proving “C-“ or better in M065, its equivalent, or higher math course. For more information visit https://www.fvcc.edu/student-support/placement-testing/.

Program Information

  • Recognized by the Montana Department of Labor as an apprentice compliant program of study. All provisions apply only to Montana registered apprentices and registered Montana sponsors. 
  • Based upon successful completion of the FVCC 2-year Electrical Technology program, a maximum of 3,000 OJT hours may be approved by the Registration Agency Program, provided the sponsor elects to grant the 3,000 OJT credit hours or a portion thereof to the apprentice based on demonstration of skills. If the one-year CAS has been completed, the number of OTJ credit hours is 1,500.
  • Any work hours or related instruction credit granted - which may be as many as 15 courses for the AAS and as many as five courses for the CAS - toward the registered apprenticeship program requirements is within the purview of the sponsor and approved by the program based upon documentation.
  • For apprenticeship information, contact the Montana Department of Labor Apprentice Training Board at (406) 444-3556.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the advisor.

Academic Advisor
Laurie Berg
OT 131
(406) 756-4862


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