Electrical Code and Theory
Chris Kelly and Paul Chandler
Apprentice – Journeyman – Master
Would you like to become a licensed electrician? According to the Massachusetts State Board of Electrical Examiners, before you take the licensing exam you must complete 8000 hours of employment (approximately 4 years) as an apprentice under the direct supervision of a holder of a MA Class B Journeyman’s license and 600 hours of classroom instruction (8 modules – approximately 75 hours each) in electrical code and theory from an approved school based on the current National Electrical Code.
There is no set order for the two requirements listed above. For example, you may start working as an electrical apprentice first, or you may start classes first, or do both concurrently.
Employment is expected to increase by 9% from 2016 – 2026 with a 2017 median annual wage of $54,110 (Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections).
Journeyman Level I (fall 75 hour module): Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, September 17, 2018 to January 9, 2019
Journeyman Level II (fall 75 hour module): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, September 18 to December 13, 2018
Journeyman Level III (fall 75 hour module): Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, September 17, 2018 to January 9, 2019
Journeyman Level IV (fall 75 hour module): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, September 18 to December 13, 2018
Master (full year 150 hours): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, September 18 to April 2, 2019
Cost: $1,200 per 150 hours (textbooks not included)
These courses are being taught by Chris Kelly and Paul Chandler, electrical teachers at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Classes meet weekday evenings (three hours twice per week for fourteen weeks) so that you can work and go to school. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
Journeyman Electrician Education – 600 hours (75 hours per module)
Level I (150 hours):
Module 1: Jobsite and Electrical Safety, Introduction to the National Electrical Code and Process, DC/Alarm Theory, and Basic Math.
Module 2: Electrical Bonding and Grounding, Low Voltage Systems and Controls, Fire Warning and Security Systems, and Design and Testing.
Level II (150 hours):
Module 3: National Electrical Code application of DC Theory, Massachusetts Electrical Code and Amendments, and Wiring Methods.
Module 4: Fiber, Data and Communications Wiring and Systems, Massachusetts Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Electrical Wiring, and Conduct of Technicians and Apprentices Including Inspection Requirements.
Level III (150 hours):
Module 5: Electricians Math and Basic Electrical Formulas, Electrical Circuit, AC Theory, Raceway, Outlet boxes and conductor fill, and Conductor Selection and Over-current Protection.
Module 6: Branch Circuit /Feeder/ Service Requirements, Branch Circuit/Feeder/ Service Calculations and Voltage Drops, Motors, Controls and Transformers Requirements, Use of Code book tables and examples, and Swimming Pools and similar Installations.
Level IV (150 hours):
Module 7: One Family Dwelling Calculations, Multi-family Dwelling Calculations, Commercial Load Calculations, and Use of Code book tables and examples.
Module 8: Motor Calculations, Transformer Calculations, Review of Board rules and Regulations, and Review of Massachusetts General Laws applicable to Electricians, General Review of all subjects covered.