Electricity (ELCT)



20 Blueprint Reading for Electricians - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

This course is a practical survey of blueprint reading for electricians. Emphasis is placed on architectural considerations and electrical symbology for residential, commercial, and industrial blueprints. This course is intended for students in the Electricity Program as well as for working electricians who want to further their skills and/or fulfill state certification and accreditation requirements. (FT) Not Applicable to Associate Degree, Occupational/Vocational basic skills.

30 Modern Commercial Wiring - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

This course is a study of modern commercial wiring systems. Emphasis is placed on practical application of the material through in-class projects. This course is intended for students in the Electricity Program as well as for working electricians who want to further their skills and/or fulfill state certification and accreditation requirements. (FT) Not Applicable to Associate Degree, Occupational/Vocational basic skills.

40 Data, Voice and Video Cabling for Electricians - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

This course is a study of current data, voice and video cabling systems. Emphasis is placed on practical application of the material through in-class projects. This course is intended for students in the Electricity Program as well as for working electricians who want to further their skills and/or fulfill state certification and accreditation requirements. (FT) Not Applicable to Associate Degree, Occupational/Vocational basic skills.

111 Electrical Theory I - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Electricity 111L.
Advisory: English 48 and Mathematics 96, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and M50.
This course is a study of the fundamentals of electrical theory including basic safety practices and a history of industrial electricity and electronics. Course topics include the theory and application of fundamental units of measurement, wire splicing, permanent magnets, electromagnets, and electrical/ electronic symbols. This course includes a study of the theory of electricity sources including batteries, mechanical generators, photocells, and thermocouples. In addition, Basic Ohm’s Law theory including calculations of DC voltage, DC current, resistance, DC power, inductance and capacitance in DC circuits is discussed. This course is designed as preparation for the major in electricity. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

111L Electrical Laboratory I - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Electricity 111.
Advisory: English 48 and Mathematics 96, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and M50.
This course involves laboratory practice in basic electricity. Laboratory time includes instruction and laboratory assignments in the proper use and care of electrical tools, meters, instruments, and equipment with an emphasis on safe working habits. Laboratory assignments include the application of basic direct and alternating current circuitry and wattage of fabricated circuits. Students gain additional practice in the development of electrical diagrams using proper symbols and nomenclature. An introduction to inductance and capacitance in direct current or DC circuits is included. This course is designed as a preparation for the major in Electricity. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

121 Electrical Theory II - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 111 and 111L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Electricity 121L.
This course involves a detailed study of the theory of alternating current including the generation of AC; electrical degrees, effective and average values; addition and subtraction of phasors; resistance, inductance, and capacitance in AC circuits; reactance; and impedance. This course also includes an in-depth study of single-phase series and parallel circuits, three-phase power generation, current and voltage relationships in wye and delta connected power sources and loads. A study of three-phase transformers with various connections and under various load conditions is also included. This course is designed as a preparation for the major in Electricity. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

121L Electrical Laboratory II - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 111 and 111L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Electricity 121
This course involves laboratory practice in direct current and alternating current circuits. Activities include practice with basic DC motor circuits, power transmission lines, and instruction in the safe use of three-phase power supplies. This course also includes practice using AC voltmeters, AC ammeters, and AC wattmeters to measure phase angle, real power, apparent power, watts, vars, volt-amps, and power factor in single-phase and poly-phase circuits including three-phase circuits with wye and delta connections. This course is designed as preparation for the major in Electricity. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

131 Electrical Theory III - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 121 and 121L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Electricity 131L.
This course involves practice in planning the installation of electrical circuits on construction jobs according to the National Electrical Codes and Blueprints. This course also includes practice in making detailed drawings of electrical wiring circuits using standard symbols and estimating the wiring material required to complete a single-family dwelling. Planning the installation of communication circuits, heating systems, service entrance equipment, remote control systems, motor starting equipment, circuit protective devices, control components, and pilot devices is also included. This course is designed as preparation for the major in Electricity. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

131L Electrical Laboratory III - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 121 and 121L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Electricity 131.
This course involves laboratory practice in the installation of construction wiring materials including installation and connection of lighting circuits, receptacle circuits, special purpose circuits, communication circuits, heating systems, service entrance equipment, remote control systems, electric motor circuits, and pilot devices. Safety is emphasized through practice in the installation of electrical equipment according to blueprints and local and national codes. Instruction and practice in fire prevention and construction site safety habits are also included. This course is designed as preparation for the major in Electricity. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

141 Electrical Theory IV - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 131 and 131L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Electricity 141L.
This course involves the advanced theory of the characteristics and uses of direct current generators, direct current motors, direct current motor controls, alternating current generators, and three-phase motors. This course also includes the advanced theory of the characteristics and uses of three-phase motors and three-phase controllers, single-phase motors and single-phase controllers, electronic devices, and static controls. Digital and logic controls are also investigated. This course is designed as preparation for the major in Electricity. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

141L Electrical Laboratory IV - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 131 and 131L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Electricity 141.
This course involves laboratory practice and experimentation with DC generators, DC motors, three-phase alternators, squirrel-cage induction motors, and wound rotor induction motors. This course also includes laboratory practice and experimentation with induction motors, synchronous motors, and single-phase motors, including split-phase, capacitor start, universal, and repulsion-start induction run motors. Additionally, experiments are conducted with phase sequence, frequency, selsyn systems, and SCR speed controls. This course is designed as preparation for the major in Electricity. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

190 Electric Lineman IA - 5 hours lecture, 5 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49 and Mathematics 46, each with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent, or Assessment Skills Levels W5 and R5 and M40.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for San Diego Gas and Electric 302.
This course provides an orientation in the power distribution and line construction industry. Basic electrical principles and safety on the job are emphasized. Topics include basic mathematical computations, including trigonometry fundamentals, electron theory and the fundamentals of magnetism. Students will combine electrical theory with laboratory and practical applications in the course of study. (FT) AA/AS.

191 Electric Lineman IB - 5 hours lecture, 5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite:Electricity 190, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for San Diego Gas and Electric 304.
This course involves the study of the power distribution and line construction industry. Topics include methods of producing electricity, A.C. and D.C. meters and circuitry and electric batteries. Students will also learn about Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law and electromagnetic induction. (FT) AA/AS.

192 Electric Lineman IIA - 5 hours lecture, 5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 191, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for San Diego Gas and Electric 310.
This course is a study of alternating current circuits, A.C. and D.C. motors and generators, pole and overhead construction, and transformers and voltage regulators. Topics include schematics, shunt and series capacitors and safety issues outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Calculating power used by electrical circuits is also covered. (FT) AA/AS.

193 Electric Lineman IIB - 5 hours lecture, 5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 192, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for San Diego Gas and Electric 312.
This course is a continuation of pole and overhead line construction. Topics covered include state safety orders for line construction and maintenance, transmission and distribution systems and conductors and electrical systems faults. Students will also learn about short circuits, system protective concepts and how to identify control circuits from wiring diagrams. (FT) AA/AS.

194 Electric Lineman IIIA - 5 hours lecture, 5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 193, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for San Diego Gas and Electric 320.
This course covers advanced theory of electrical distribution lines and systems. Other topics include phasing, system groundings, substations and the use of electrical instruments. Students will also learn how to connect transformers in accordance with the state code. Usage of fusing tables and reference tables, including technical symbols are also covered. (FT) AA/AS.

195 Electric Lineman IIIB - 5 hours lecture, 5 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 194, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for San Diego Gas and Electric 322.
This course is a continuation of advanced theory of electrical distribution lines and systems. Topics include the use of “hot sticks” and special equipment; repair and maintenance of poles and lines both cold and energized, safety practices and the local/state requirements. Students will be expected to master competencies such as those included in elements of electricity, overhead pole and electrical line construction, safety codes and applications, electric power system, transformer and meter installations, and exploration of underground electrical distribution. (FT) AA/AS.

200 Electrical Control Systems - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 121 and Electricity 121L each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Electricity 200L.
This course is a study of electrical control system theory emphasizing standard motor controls, transducers, static control devices, programmed controllers, and remote electronic controls. This course is intended for students in the Electricity Program as well as for working electricians who want to further their skills and/or fulfill state certification and accreditation requirements. (FT) AA/AS.

200L Electrical Control Systems Laboratory - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Electricity 121 and Electricity 121L each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Electricity 200.
This course is a hands-on laboratory in electrical control systems. Emphasis is placed on standard motor controls, transducers, static control devices, programmed controllers, and remote electronic controls. This course is intended for students in the Electricity Program as well as for working electricians who want to further their skills and/or fulfill state certification and accreditation requirements. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.