Electrical Fundamentals & PLCs | Western Technical College

Electrical Fundamentals & PLCs


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Not Financial Aid Eligible

Do you have good mechanical skills, but need electrical knowledge to pursue an industrial maintenance career?

This 16-credit, certificate program is designed for working adults who are looking for just the electrical related coursework of our industrial maintenance technical diplomas. The Electrical Fundamentals & PLCs certificate is offered in a part-time, two-semester format and covers electricity fundamentals, electronic component applications, soldering, and basic motor controls including variable frequency drives (VFDs). Entry-level installation, programming, and troubleshooting of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) systems, along with an introduction to touch screens is also addressed.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Electrical Fundamentals & PLCs

This program will cost about $2,500* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact Enrollment Services or call 608-785-9553 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Electric Motor Repairman
Electrical Maintenance Technician
Electrician Apprentice
Elevator Repair and Maintenance Apprentice
Field Service Technician
Machine Repairer
Maintenance Electrician
Maintenance Man
Maintenance Technician
Power Tool Repair Technician
Repair Technician
Service Technician
Wiring Technician

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Electrical Fundamentals & PLCs

Career Pathways

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