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Workforce Training Certificates

Electrical Helper

Electrical Helpers learn to perform tasks supporting Electricians and do preparatory work for the installation and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment. Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures while ensuring that work is in accordance with relevant national electrical codes. Electricians may install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.

To complete the Electrical Helper Workforce Training Certificate you must complete the following courses:

  • TEC-9300 Construction Trades Core Skills
  • TEC-7860 Electricity I, Part 1
  • TEC-7870 Electricity I, Part 2
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Electrical Technician

After completion of the Electrical Helper Workforce Training Certificate, you may continue your studies of the trade with our Electrical Technician Workforce Training Certificate. 

To complete the Electrical Helper Workforce Training Certificate, you must complete the following courses:

  • TEC-7880 Electricity II, Part 1
  • TEC-7890 Electricity II, Part 2
  • TEC-7920 Electricity III, Part 1
  • TEC-7930 Electricity III, Part 2
  • TEC-7940 Electricity IV, Part 1
  • TEC-7950 Electricity IV, Part 2

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Imagine the pride of looking at a finished building and knowing that you helped build it. The construction trades can be a rewarding, fulfilling career that will continue to be in demand. Whether your goal is to be a carpenter, HVAC technician, electrician, job supervisor, or contractor, there are certain skills that are common to all of the trades. In this course you will explore those skills. The students will discuss basic construction site safety, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), OSHA policies, and the causes of accidents. The use of construction math will be reviewed. Hands-on instruction in the proper and safe use of hand and power tools will be given along with an introduction to construction drawings (blueprints). Basic employability and communication issues will also be discussed, such as critical thinking, problem solving skills, self-presentation, sexual harassment, stress, and substance abuse. An E-book is included in the cost of this course.   Mandatory book fee included and required for all students in the program.

This course must be completed before starting any of the following continuing education certificates.

  • Carpentry Helper
  • Electrical Helper
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Helper
  • Plumbing Helper

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Browse by Course Number: Search for TEC-9300

Students will be introduced to electrical theories including Ohm's Law as applied to DC series circuits, Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Laws. Other topics include OSHA mandated safety rules and regulations of electricians and an introduction to National Electric Code (NEC). Through lecture and hands-on experience, students will learn conduit bending and installations; the safe installation of hardware used by electricians to mount and support various electrical components; how to properly install raceways, boxes and fittings; and the proper wiring techniques for the installation of conductors. There will be an emphasis on the appropriate NEC requirements in each lab exercise. An E-book and NEC Book are included in the cost of this course.   Mandatory book fee included and required for all students in the program.

Prerequisite: TEC-9300 Construction Trades Core Skills- General

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Browse by Course Number: Search for TEC-7860

A continuation of Electricity I, this course includes using electrical test equipment, an introduction to electrical blueprints and electrical wiring. The wiring module of the course includes commercial, industrial and residential wiring. There will be an emphasis on the appropriate NEC requirements in each lab exercise. Textbook required and can be purchased at www.csmcollegestore.com.

Prerequisite: TEC-7860 Electricity I, Part 1

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Electricity II builds on the concepts learned in Electricity I.  Topics in this course include: alternating current; motors theory and application; grounding; mechanical, hydraulic and electrical conduit benders; selections and sizing outlet boxes, pull boxes and junction boxes; and introduction to cable installation. There will be an emphasis on the appropriate NEC requirements in each lab exercise. Textbook required and can be purchased at www.csmcollegestore.com.

Prerequisite: TEC-7870 Electricity I, Part 2

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A continuation of Electricity II, Part 1, topics in this course include:  conductor installation; cable trays; conductor terminations and splices; installation of electric services; circuit breakers and fuses; contractors and relays; and electric lighting. There will be an emphasis on the appropriate NEC requirements in each lab exercise. Textbook required and can be purchased at www.csmcollegestore.com.

Prerequisite: TEC-7880 Electricity II, Part 1

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Browse by Course Number: Search for TEC-7890

Electricity III builds on the concepts learned in Electricity II.  Topics in this course include: load calculations-branch circuits; conductor selection and calculations; overcurrent protection; raceway, box, and fitting fill requirements; wiring devices; distribution equipment; and distribution systems.  There will be an emphasis on the appropriate NEC requirements in each lab exercise. Textbook required and can be purchased at www.csmcollegestore.com.

Prerequisite: TEC-7890 Electricity II, Part 2

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Browse by Course Number: Search for TEC-7920

A continuation of Electricity III, Part 1, topics in this course include: lamps, ballasts and components; motor calculations; motor maintenance; motor controls; electricity in HVAC systems; and hazardous locations. There will be an emphasis on the appropriate NEC requirements in each lab exercise.

Prerequisite: TEC-7920 Electricity III, Part 1

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Browse by Course Number: Search for TEC-7930

Electricity IV builds on skills learned in Electricity III.  Topics in this course include:  load calculations-feeder and services; practical applications of lighting; standby and emergency systems; basic electronic theory; fire alarm systems and specialty transformers.  There will be an emphasis on the appropriate NEC requirements in each lab exercise.  Textbook required and can be purchased at www.csmcollegestore.com.

Prerequisite: TEC-7930 Electricity III, Part 2

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A continuation of Electricity IV, Part 1, topics in this course include: advanced controls; HVAC controls, welding machines; heat tracing and freeze protection; motor maintenance; and high voltage terminations/splices.  There will be an emphasis on the appropriate NEC requirements in each lab exercise. Textbook required and can be purchased at www.csmcollegestore.com.

Prerequisite: TEC-7940 Electricity IV, Part 1

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Browse by Course Number: Search for TEC-7950

The state of Maryland requires a Master Electrician license in order to provide electrical services. Electricians who have the requisite experience and are planning to attempt the Electrician exam will find this course most beneficial.  Electrical calculations such as may be encountered on the job site and the exam will be a focal point of the training.  Electrical trade terminology and regulations will also be discussed.  The responsibilities of the Master Electrician and the duties of the "Authority Having Jurisdiction" will be covered in detail. Students will be expected to bring a current copy of the National Electric Code to each class session.  Textbook required and can be purchased at www.csmcollegestore.com

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Browse by Course Number: Search for TEC-8120

The National Electric Code is a regionally adopted standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in the United States. If you work with electricity, you need to extend your knowledge of this code and some of the recent changes that have been introduced.  In this course, students will review the most widely used sections of the NEC and discover how to apply them in situations that are encountered on the job. Emphasis will be placed on sections of the code that have undergone recent revisions, such as article 250 on grounding and bonding, and the new Article 406 that deals with receptacles, cord connectors, and attachment plugs.  Items such as the new requirements for flash protection marking, panic hardware in Article 110, and new safety rules for motor disconnect locations in Article 430 will be discussed.  This 10-hour class will also satisfy the requirement for 10 hours of electrical continuing education for those counties that are requiring it for license renewal. Students will be expected to bring a current copy of the NEC or the NEC Handbook to class.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for TEC-9840

If your goal—either currently or in the future—is to obtain a journey-level license, you will first need to participate in an approved apprenticeship. There are two critically important requirements of the apprenticeship agreement that you should be aware of, to prevent difficulties in achieving your license. 

First, the apprenticeship agreement consists of Related Technical Instruction (RTI) and On-the-Job Training (OJT). Most apprenticeships require at least 2000 total hours of OJT and at least 600 total hours of RTI.  

CSM provides RTI; each semester-long course provides 75 hours of RTI. For example, Electricity I, Part 1 is 75 hours, and Electricity I, Part 2 is 75 hours. You’ll receive 150 hours of RTI for successfully completing these two courses. CSM courses do not fulfill the On-the-Job Training requirement of your apprenticeship. 

Second, your apprenticeship must have a sponsor, and your sponsor must be approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council before you can begin your apprenticeship. MATC is a division of Maryland’s Department of Labor. This requirement is essential to ensure that your OJT hours are documented properly.  

You may choose an existing, registered apprenticeship program, such as ABC-Chesapeake Shores (ABC) or Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC); CSM has working relationships with both of these apprenticeship programs.  

As an alternative, you can potentially complete your apprenticeship with your employer as your sponsor. However, your employer cannot sponsor your apprenticeship until it submits the required paperwork to register as a Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program (MATP) and is recognized as an approved Apprenticeship Sponsor. 

Do not begin working for this employer until your employer has been approved by MATC.

Employers may contact the Office of Apprenticeship: info@mdapprenticeship.com

If you would like to begin an apprenticeship with a program or employer, but you aren’t sure if that sponsor is registered and approved, contact MATP at info@mdapprenticeship.com to verify their status before beginning an apprenticeship with them. 

For more information on apprenticeship, visit www.labor.maryland.gov/employment/appr/.

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