Electrical Technology, Specialized Diploma



There has never been a more rewarding time to consider entering the electrical trades. With a large number of electricians approaching retirement age and the increasing technical complexity of new equipment, skilled electrical technicians are consistently in demand now and into the future. If you enjoy hands-on physical activities combined with complex problem solving opportunities, the electrical trade offers you a rewarding career path.

Northampton’s electrical technology program offers a range of stackable degrees; starting with a specialized diploma that can be completed in one-year, a certificate requiring a minimum of 39 credits, and an AAS degree requiring a minimum of 64 credits. 

All of our electrical programs are designed to be completed on either a full time or a part time basis, with most courses available in the evenings as well as during the day.


The specialized diploma in electrical technology offers students an entry-level credential for those interested in starting a career in the electrical trades.  Students completing this program will gain a broad understanding of fundamental electrical principles, as well as valuable skills in residential wiring, basic electrical troubleshooting, and construction print reading.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about the basic industrial wiring of motors, sensors and controls; key electrical skills that are necessary in a wide variety of industries.

Graduates will have entry level employment opportunities as apprenticeship electricians in both the construction and manufacturing sectors. 

Our program is designed to be completed either on a full time or part time basis, with most courses available in the evenings as well as during the day on NCC’s main campus.

All course work in this program may be directly applied toward Northampton’s more comprehensive electrical technology certificate or our Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in electrical technology.


Students who complete the Electrical Technology Specialized Diploma will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competent speaking, technical vocabulary, and technical writing skills when working with diverse groups displaying the ability to work independently & collaboratively for observation, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Explain basic electrical theories, including Ohm’s, Kirchhoff’s, and Watt’s laws.
  • Explain basic electrical safety procedures.
  • Properly employ test equipment to troubleshoot basic electrical circuits.
  • Apply knowledge mastered to troubleshooting and solving discipline and industry-related problems by analyzing and presenting data in an acceptable and standardized manner with proficient research and computer data-gathering skills.



First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

CISC101Introduction to Information Technology

3 credits

ELTC101Electrical Fundamentals

3 credits

EMEC114Mechanical Skills for the Trades

2 credits

MATH103Technical Mathematics

3 credits


OSAH101Construction Industry Outreach Safety Education**

1 credit


OSAH102General Industry Outreach Safety Education

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:13

Second Semester

CMGT104Construction Print Reading

3 credits

ELTC107Electrical Wiring I

3 credits

ELTC135Electrical Motors and Controls

4 credits

EMEC140Sensors, Wiring and Troubleshooting

1 credits

Technical Elective +

3/4 credits

Total Credit Hours:14-15

Total Credit Hours: 27-28

** OSAH 101 is the recommended selection.

+Eligible technical electives: any ELTC, HVAC, CADM, ELEC, EMEC, ENGG, CHEM, CISC, or WELD. Ineligible electives: CADM100, CADM117, or EMEC115.