Electrical Technology

Electrical Technology

Get the Skills to Begin a Career as an Electrician in as few as 12 Months

If you want a career where you get to use your hands, as well as your brain, consider electrician training from Porter and Chester Institute. The Electrical Technology program at our campus locations in Connecticut will help you take the first steps toward becoming an electrician. We'll give you a solid foundation of basic electrical theory and the technical skills you'll need to work in a variety of settings.

Our Electrical Technology program is offered at our Hamden, New London, Rocky Hill, Stratford and Waterbury campuses in Connecticut. Click here to view our Career Industrial, Commercial and Residential Electrician program offered at our Brockton, Chicopee and Worcester campuses in Massachusetts.

Program Details

  • Program offered at: Bridgeport CT, Hamden CT, New London CT, Rocky Hill CT, Waterbury CT
  • Program length: 12 months
  • Credit Hours: 74
  • Graduates earn a diploma

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: October 18, 2021

At Porter and Chester Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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Delivery of Instruction

On Campus Labs

  • Campus Lab Hours Day Program: 9am - 3pm
  • 2-3 Lab sessions per week, based on course needs
  • Campus Lab Hours Evening Program: 5pm - 9pm
  • 2-3 Lab sessions per week, based on course needs

Online Learning

  • Students will need approximately 30 hours per week for instruction, activities, labs, reading assignments, and homework
  • All materials are accessible in an asynchronous format 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • First week includes acclimation to the systems and laptop

Course Listings

Term 1
Basic Math Computations CTEL0001
Lighting and Switching Circuits CTEL1001
Algebra with Trigonometry CTEL0005
HVAC Controls CTEL1002
Electrical Theory I / DC Theory CTEL0901
Electrical Theory II / AC Theory CTEL0902
OSHA-30 CTEL0099
Term 2
Electrical Code I – Residential Wiring CTEL0904
Power Distribution and Load Calculations CTEL0917
Electrical Code II – Commercial Wiring CTEL0905
Installation of Services CTEL1003
Electrical Code III CTEL 0909
Motors, Motor Calculations and Generator Theory CTEL0907
Term 3
Motor Controls CTEL0906
Logic Circuits –Programmable Controllers, Part I CTEL0914
Semiconductors for Electricians CTEL0908
Logic Circuits –Programmable Controllers, Part II CTEL0926
Blueprint Reading CTEL0031
Term 4
Basic Alarm Technology CTEL0927
Telecom Cabling CTEL0925
Basic Telecommunications CTEL0924
Fire, Access, and CCTV Systems CTEL0928
Electrical Code IV CTEL0910


Tuition Cost: $25,980
Additional Fees: $4,595

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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Why PCI?

If you like working with your hands and learn best by actually getting up and performing a task, electrician training from Porter and Chester Institute could give you the results you want:

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Concrete Skills: 
We’ll teach you the fundamentals you need to know about electricity, electrical code and safety. Then, we’ll teach you a whole lot more –like how to install electrical power distribution systems, how to wire and connect circuitry and how to work on motors, transformers, generators and the electronic systems in mechanical tools.

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Hands-on Training: 
It’s not just what you learn; it’s also how you learn it. If you’re a hands-on learner, then you’ll appreciate all the time you’ll get to spend in the lab working on real electrical units with actual industry equipment.

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Road to Licensure: 
At our Connecticut campuses, our electrician classes will help you understand the National Electrical Code and help you prepare to take the L-6 Limited Electrical Journeyperson and the E-2 Unlimited Electrical Journeyperson licensure exams.

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Qualified Instructors:
Our instructors are all professionals from the electrical industry. They know how to teach, but more importantly they know what you’re likely to encounter once you’re out on the job. Their years of experience and connections to employers make them an invaluable resource to you and your career.

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