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Course Descriptions

ETEC102M - Introduction to Electricity and Electronics for Technicians and Building Professionals (3-0-3)

This course is structured to focus on the basics of electrical and electronic fundamentals and to meet the demands of the changing electric and electronic environment of today’s Facilities Management and Maintenance personnel, Electrical/Electronic, Fire Alarm, Security and CATV technicians and technical careers. This course does not fulfill the requirements of the State of NH Electricians Apprenticeship educational requirements, rather it is intended to educate technician level individuals not wishing to pursue formal electrical licensure. However, this course may be used as a continuing education course if such is required by the State of NH Electrician’s Licensing Board. Prerequisite: Placement into MATH135M.

ETEC110M - Electrical Fundamentals I (3-3-4)

Introduces basic electrical concepts, practices and procedures. Topics include electrical safety, an introduction to the National Electrical Code, basic DC electrical theory, magnetic theory, electrical formulas and calculations, test equipment, testing procedures and electrical diagrams. The material presented satisfies NH Electrical Apprentice training requirements. Laboratory work provides reinforcement and application of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisite: Placement into MATH135M.

ETEC120M - Electrical Fundamentals II (3-3-4)

This course is a continuance of Electrical Fundamentals I. The material presented includes AC theory, electrical distribution, wiring methods and requirements, branch circuits and feeders, grounding and bonding and overcurrent protection. The material presented in this course satisfies NH Electrical Apprentice training requirements. Laboratory work provides for reinforcement and application of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisites: ETEC110M and placement into MATH135M.

ETEC140M - Lineworker I (4-9-7)

This course provides an introduction to basic lineworker electrical concepts, practices, and procedures. The material presented includes electrical safety, an introduction to climbing, test equipment, testing procedures, and electrical diagrams. The material presented in this course satisfies NH Lineworker Apprentice training requirements. Laboratory work will provide reinforcement and application of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisite: Placement into MATH135M or permission of Department Chair.

ETEC142M - Lineworker Co-op (0-12.5-1)

The Lineworker Co-op provides an opportunity for practical experience at an approved site. It is a required component of the certificate program. Students are required to work a minimum of 200 hours. A log of all work will be completed for review by the co-op coordinator and their site supervisor. Periodic evaluations based on performance and other issues related to successful employment will be completed and reviewed by the co-op coordinator and site supervisor, and will be the basis for the final grade.

Prerequisites: ETEC140M.

ETEC150M - Power, Transformers and Rotating Machinery (3-3-4)

This course presents information on the theory of operation, application and installation practices pertaining to equipment that provides for electrical power generation, transmission and use. The course covers energy and power conversion, AC and DC power systems, power quality considerations, AC and DC generators, transformers and AC and DC motors. The National Electrical Code will be referenced throughout this course as it applies to the subject matter. The material presented in this course satisfies NH Electrical Apprentice training requirements. Laboratory work will reinforce and promote the application of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisites: ETEC120M or permission of the Program Coordinator. Corequisite: MATH151M.

ETEC160M - Residential, Commercial and Industrial Wiring (3-3-4)

This course presents comprehensive coverage of the requirements and methods for wiring residential, commercial and industrial installations. The subject matter will include interpretation and analysis of electrical schematics, load calculations, equipment types and applications, special occupancies, special equipment and special conditions as they relate to the three installation types. The National Electrical Code will be an integral part of this course. The material presented in this course satisfies NH Electrical Apprentice training requirements. Laboratory work will reinforce and promote the application of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisites: ETEC120M or permission of Program Coordinator. Corequisite: MATH151M.

ETEC210M - Electrical and Electronic Motor Controls (3-3-4)

This course will provide in-depth coverage of the theory and operation of AC and DC motor and generator controls and control systems. Subject matter will include generator starting and stopping and synchronization controls. Motor starting, reversing and braking controls as well as motor drive systems will also be covered. Solid-state theory will be introduced. Theory and applications for electronic devices and control systems will be presented in the classroom and lab. The material presented in this course satisfies NH Electrical Apprentice training requirements. Laboratory work will reinforce and promote the application of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisites: ETEC120M and MATH151M or MATH155M or permission of Program Coordinator.

ETEC220M - Commercial and Low Voltage Building Systems (3-3-4)

This course presents information on the theory of operation, applications and installation practices for low voltage and communications systems typically installed in buildings. These include audio, video, security, telephone, fire alarm, computer networking and wireless systems. The National Electrical Code will be referenced throughout this course as it applies to the subject matter. The material presented in this course satisfies NH Electrical Apprentice training requirements. Laboratory work will reinforce and promote the application of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisites: ETEC120M and MATH151M or MATH155M or permission of Program Coordinator.

ETEC240M - Lineworker II (4-9-7)

This course is a continuation of Lineworker I. It will include more in depth components of basic lineworker electrical concepts, practices, and procedures. The material presented expands on electrical safety, climbing, test equipment, testing procedures, and electrical diagrams. The material presented in this course partially satisfies NH Lineworker Apprentice training requirements. Laboratory work will provide reinforcement and application of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisite: ETEC140M.

ETEC250M - Advanced Controls - Digital Fundamentals - PLC Basics (3-3-4)

This course covers the fundamentals of digital logic, digital circuit components, computer number systems, Boolean algebra, all basic logic gates, timer chips, Schmitt triggers, digital to analog converters, analog to digital converters, binary coded decimal encoders, basic microcomputer architecture, an introduction to programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and ladder logic in mechatronic systems. The basics of digital logic control, basic PLC modules and components, analog and digital I/O, programming concepts in ladder logic with reference to IEC61131 specification (an industry accepted programming standard for PLC’s), and PLC system components will be covered. Students will learn the role digital components and PLCs play within an electronic / mechatronic system or subsystem. They will also learn basic elements of PLC functions by implementing / reviewing small programs and testing these programs logically and / or on an actual system. Students will learn to identify malfunctioning PLCs and digital circuits, as well as to apply troubleshooting strategies to identify and localize problems found in digital systems and PLC’s. Prerequisite: ETEC210M and ETEC220M or permission of the instructor.

ETEC260M - Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems (3-3-4)

This course will be a presentation of the theory, installation, maintenance, and operation of primary types of renewable and alternative energy systems. Primary focus will be on photovoltaic systems, wind generating systems, and backup generators. Prerequisites: ETEC210M and ETEC220M or permission of Program Coordinator.