• Electrical Technology

    Along with construction electrician courses, you’ll study hydraulics and pneumatics, industrial motor maintenance, advanced programmable logic controllers, advanced electronics, reading schematics, and the installation of hydraulic/pneumatic systems, PLCs and industrial AC/DC drives.

Electrical Technology

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Electrical Technology

M State's Electrical Technology program trains students for entry-level careers in the electrical industry, providing hands-on coursework and background in electrical theory. Placement rates in both programs are high, with graduates much in demand throughout the region.

An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.

Electrical Technology-Electrician diploma track
74 credits, Moorhead and Wadena campuses

This diploma program is designed to prepare students to build, install maintain and repair the electrical systems that provide heat, light and power to residential, commercial and industrial structures. Coursework includes both theory and hands-on application in the classroom, in labs and at job sites.

The program includes instruction in the maintenance of electrical equipment, wiring methods, blueprint reading, material selection, programmable controllers and the National Electric Code.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Electrical industry safety practices and procedures
  • National Electrical Code
  • Calculation of electrical quantities
  • Professionalism and related soft skills

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Four M State students score high in Skills

Four Electrical Technology students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College were among the top winners in the recent SkillsUSA Minnesota competition in the Twin Cities. The four are all students on M State's Wadena campus.

Competing in the high school division, PSEO student Josh Hunter of Menahga placed first in both Construction Blueprint Reading and Electrical Wiring. Hunter is a first-year Electrical Technology student.

First-year student Abram Regier of Hackensack placed first in the postsecondary division in Construction Blueprint Reading.

Second-year student Adam Regier of Hackensack placed third in the postsecondary division in Industrial Motor Control.

First-year student Caleb Landin of Brainerd placed second in Construction Blueprint Reading, also in the postsecondary division.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.

A total of nine M State students, all coached by Electrical Technology instructor Keith Haataja, competed in the SkillsUSA Minnesota event, held April 12-14.

Pictured: M State's SkillsUSA winners included (left to right) Adam Regier, Abram Regier, Josh Hunter and Caleb Landin.


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Strong industry support
  • Job site visits provide opportunities for real-world education
  • Strong regional demand for Electrical Technology graduates


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Electrical Technology - Electrician Diploma
Locations: Moorhead, Wadena

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Meet the faculty

Keith Haataja

Electrical Technology Faculty
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Russ Haltli

Electrical Technology Faculty
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Alan Hughes

Electrical Technology Faculty
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Gerald Imdieke

Electrical Technology Faculty
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Rob Zachariason

Electrical Technology Faculty
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Required Electrical Technology courses

  • Electrical Safety
  • Introduction to Electric Circuit Theory
  • Introduction to National Electrical Code
  • Electrical Circuit Theory
  • Electric Motors and Generators
  • National Electrical Code
  • Conduit/Tool Applications
  • Introduction to Electrical Materials
  • Introduction to Electrical Blueprint Reading
  • Electrical Blueprints
  • Heating/Cooling Controls
  • Introduction to Commercial Wiring
  • Introduction to Motor Control Applications
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Electronic Motor Control
  • Commercial Wiring
  • Industrial Wiring
  • Motor Control Application
  • Transformers
  • Introduction to Residential Wiring
  • Residential Wiring
  • Electrical Services
  • Code Application
  • Technical Mathematics

Last modified: May 7th, 2019 at 01:05pm