Construction Electrical (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Construction Electrical
Program Code: 1392

About This Major . . .

The AAS degree in Construction Electrical is designed to prepare students for a wide range of opportunities in the Construction Electrical field.  The curriculum incorporates courses in building materials, estimating, planning and scheduling, installations, codes, safety, tools, calculations, and print reading. Essential Learning courses that develop supervisory skills. Career options include obtaining a position as an apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical installer, or maintenance and repair electrician.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of grammar and vocabulary in the documentation required to perform the duties of a construction electrician. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Apply Mathematical concepts and practices that are required to properly calculate electrical formulas, and linear measurements. Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Evaluate evidence discovered during the diagnosis/troubleshooting of electrical systems and apply those findings to strategies to properly repair these systems. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Describe the scope and application of principle features of the field of study, including core practices of a construction electrician. (Applied Learning)
  5. Demonstrate personal and professional ethical behavior as applied to a construction electrician. (Specialized Knowledge)
  6. Demonstrate mastery of the current terminology in the construction electrician industry. (Specialized Knowledge)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and WCCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this program:

  • 63 semester hours total for the AAS, Construction Electrical.
  • A minimum of 16 credits taken at CMU in no fewer than two semesters.

Essential Learning Requirements

 (15 semester hours)
See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

Communication
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
SPCH 101Interpersonal Communications3
Mathematics
MATH 107Career Math (or higher)3
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(46 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course.

Required Courses
ELCE 102Electrical Blueprint Reading4
ELCE 110House Wiring4
ELCE 120Commercial Wiring4
ELCE 124Electrical Safety1
ELCE 130National Electrical Code I4
ELCE 135National Electrical Code II4
ELCE 144Grounding and Bonding1
ELCE 150DC Circuit Fundamentals4
ELCE 155AC Circuit Fundamentals4
ELCE 167Electrical Maintenance4
ELCE 220Industrial Controls4
ELCE 225Introduction to PLCs4
ELCE 229AC/DC Variable Speed Drive2
ELCE 263Specific Wiring for Structured Cabling Systems2
Total Semester Credit Hours46
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ELCE 102 Electrical Blueprint Reading 4
ELCE 110 House Wiring 4
ELCE 150 DC Circuit Fundamentals 4
MATH 107 Career Math 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ELCE 120 Commercial Wiring 4
ELCE 124 Electrical Safety 1
ELCE 130 National Electrical Code I 4
ELCE 144 Grounding and Bonding 1
ELCE 155 AC Circuit Fundamentals 4
KINA Activity Course 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
ELCE 135 National Electrical Code II 4
ELCE 225 Introduction to PLCs 4
ELCE 263 Specific Wiring for Structured Cabling Systems 2
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
Essential Learning Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ELCE 167 Electrical Maintenance 4
ELCE 220 Industrial Controls 4
ELCE 229 AC/DC Variable Speed Drive 2
SPCH 101 Interpersonal Communications 3
Essential Learning Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours63

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.