Dean: Debbie Vanschoelandt
Academic Chair: Matt Wolken
Faculty: Massimo Mitolo, Ph.D., PE, FIET, FIEEE
The curriculum in electrical and solar technology equips students with the skills necessary for working in a rapidly expanding and changing electrical and solar technological field. The core curricula provide the theory necessary to understand existing and developing electrical technologies. Students learn to apply available technology to the solution of specific problems, with an emphasis on residential, industrial and commercial wiring design and troubleshooting of wiring systems. The curriculum provides for application of theory using hands-on learning environments. Transfer level mathematics will be employed.
The electrical and solar technology certificate programs provide a solid foundation for immediate employment or further study in either of these fields. After obtaining a certificate in either program, a student may seek employment as an electrical trainee, or solar installer; who designs, tests and services, residential wiring, commercial wiring, photovoltaic systems, facility maintenance, and installation of electrical equipment. Completion of the electrician and solar trainee certificates gives the student an even broader opportunity for personal, academic, and career growth. Students will have the necessary background to be successful in any bachelor’s degree program in electrical engineering or alternative energy.
Irvine Valley College is a state-approved provider (approved School # 125) of curriculum of Electrician Trainee under Assembly Bill 1087. Irvine Valley College provides instruction in part of the Curriculum Standards adopted by the Electrician Certification Curriculum Committee (ECCC) and does not provide instruction in all the Curriculum Standards. The Electrician Training curriculum offered by Irvine Valley College covers the following Curriculum Standards adopted by the ECCC: Math, Electrical Theory.
Students enrolled in either the electrical or solar program may apply for the Electrician-in-Training Card from the DLSE-Electrician Certification Unit of the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), and become “electrician trainees.” Electrician trainees enrolled in either the electrical or solar program may legally work as electricians under the supervision of a certified electrician.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the electronic technology program, students will be able to
- Analyze (predict or calculate the behavior or performance of) a specified electrical, residential or commercial wiring circuits, or solar photovoltaic system.
- Design (specifies all components, values, interconnections and, where applicable, associated hardware or software for) a solar or electrical circuit control system given standards or blueprints.
- Troubleshoot (locate and identify a faulty electrical component or wiring circuit in) a given non-functioning piece of electrical equipment or residential wiring circuit or solar photovoltaic system, and indicate the nature of the fault and remedy of the fault.
- Properly perform specified tests and measurements on current, voltage, resistance, and efficiency, on electrical motors, power panels, lighting circuits, electrical outlets, transformers, electrical devices, control circuits, and commercial operating systems.
Examples of careers in electrical and solar technology include the following:
- Certified Electrician
- Electrician Trainee
- Electrical Maintenance Technician
- Solar PV Technician
- Solar PV Contractor
ProgramsCertificate of Proficiency