The electrical technology program provides students with the training essential for entry-level positions in residential or commercial construction or industrial maintenance.  Students will also become familiar with the electrical operations of alternative energy systems.  This program may be used as a springboard into apprenticeship training.

The program will provide extensive training in advanced motor control, conduit installation and bending techniques, and wiring practices. The program will also emphasize special features of commercial electrical systems and demonstrate diagnostic procedures to determine causes of electrical failures. Students will learn to interpret architectural drawings and electrical code specifications.  They will be trained to install, replace, and repair lighting fixtures and other electrical equipment such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels.  Proper safety practices in the use of test equipment and hand and power tools will also be stressed.

Southwestern Community College's electrical technology program is approved through the Iowa Electrical Examining Board Post-Secondary Electrical Program (PSEP).  As a result of this partnership, students who earn their Associate of Applied Science degree in electrical technology may apply 2,000 hours toward their journeyman's license.

While a student at Southwestern, students may join SWCC's electrical technology club to gain additional experience in the field, participate in service learning projects, attend industry-related events/visits, organize fund raising activities, and gain valuable leadership experience.

The electrical technology program is approved by the Iowa Electrical Examining Board Post-Secondary Electrical Program (PSEP). If you plan to seek licensure in a state other than Iowa, you are responsible for inquiring about licensure requirements with that state’s licensing body.

Did you know the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship could help pay for the cost of this program? Learn more at Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship!

Awards Available

Electrical Technology:  Diploma or Associate of Applied Science Degree

Electrical Technology Degree Sheet

Potential Careers

  • Dispatcher, estimator, or electrician for electrical contractor
  • Electrical inspector
  • Electrical department associate for retail
  • Industrial maintenance electrician
  • Specialty trade contractor

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • describe how systems, components, and theories work, including the operating principles for common electrical, electronic, and electromechanical components and devices such as but not limited to AC and DC sources, resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors, digital systems, control systems, power systems, and motors.
  • apply hands-on skills, such as use of tools, soldering, circuit assembly, analytical instrumentation skills (including use of meters and the oscilloscope), and computer simulation.
  • interpret specification sheets, circuit schematics, and mechanical drawings.
  • demonstrate organized troubleshooting skills.
  • define and demonstrate effective team building skills.
  • demonstrate technical communication skills including proficient use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  • research and analyze the value of information on technical topics.
  • develop solutions to open-ended problems utilizing a hands-on learning approach.
  • demonstrate awareness of customer needs, quality, and continuous improvement.