Associate in Applied Science

Electrical Technology (Electrical Construction)

Contact Information 

Ivan Maas, department chair
Barnard Hall 115

Delivery Methods 

Face-to-Face: Wahpeton

The Electrical Construction option of the Electrical Technology program is designed to give students the skills necessary for successful employment in the electrical construction industry. The core curriculum of the Electrical Technology program includes an in-depth study of electrical theory, applied math, code study and residential wiring. A substantial amount of hands-on experience is provided in our seven dedicated laboratories, which contain AutoCAD drawing, advanced electrical test equipment, electric motors, magnetic motor starters, programmable controllers, electronic devices, and instrumentation. Green technology is applied in areas of lighting and design class, efficiency of motors, controlling of loads (lighting, AC, etc.) in building operation through programmable controllers (PLCs). 

The Electrical Construction option adds skills in the area of commercial and industrial wiring systems, advanced code study and planning and estimating. Graduates of this option are well prepared to meet the challenges of today’s modern equipment and wiring systems thanks, in part, to the faculty who collectively have over 200 years of industry and training experience.

Graduates of this option are also exempt from the mandatory classroom training required by North Dakota law (ND Century Code 43-09-11).

While students are fully employable upon completion of this associate-granting program, some elect to return for another year of training, earning the Electrical Master Technician degree (please refer to the Electrical Technology, Electrical Master Technician). Other students may wish to continue their education by returning for an additional year, combining Electrical Technology with Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics, HVAC/R, Plumbing, or business classes. Students may transfer to four-year colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree in programs such as Construction Management or Engineering Technology.

NOTE: This program requires an HP EliteBook Laptop or equivalent. Please refer to the NDSCS website for specifications. Contact the NDSCS ITS Department for more information and to reserve/purchase a laptop at 701-671-3333 option 5.

For further information regarding the Electrical Department, contact Ivan Maas, department chair at 701-671-2662.

Admission Requirements*

The applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Students considered for acceptance must complete all admission requirements.

Please Note: Students are placed into English, math and reading courses based on ACT, ACCUPLACER or other nationally recognized tests. Please see for the NDSCS Course Placement Policy and testing information. Students may be on an extended plan of study pending their course placement.

*Program Admission Requirements are subject to revision. Please check the department or program website under Program Admission Requirements for current information.


Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electrical Technology, Electrical Construction. This is the only program/degree in the ND University System which also qualifies most graduates for the 2,000 hours of apprenticeship credit for North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

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