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Electrical Trades

In this program, you will practice technical skills under the guidance of instructors who are true experts. The result? You graduate with abilities and knowledge that set you apart. If you are ready to prepare for an interesting and challenging career in a growing field, we are ready to help you acquire the skills and experience you need.

Degree Description

Electrical Trades is a four-semester Associate of Applied Science degree program. Our program is hands-on. There is some classroom time, but you will spend most of your day learning by doing. During your first year, you will earn a solid foundation in electronics and electrical technology. In your second year, you will focus your studies on learning advanced electrical trades skills.

Electrical Trades is designed to do more than just train you for a career as an electrician. This is an industry where traditional electrician skills interface with the high-tech world of solid-state controls, programmable controls, and computerized networking. You will graduate with skills in all these areas.

Recent program graduates work for Al Sutton Electric, American Electric, Cherne Contracting, Clarke Electric, Conrad’s Big C Electric, Freeman Electric, Kennecott Energy Company, Muth Electric, Inc., and many others.

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Application Process

 

Application Process

Fall 2016

  1. Complete WDT APPLICATION
  2. Submit High School transcript or GED scores.
  3. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations.
  4. Submit official college trasnscripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution.
  5. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15.00 fee).

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub score of at least 440 in Verbal and Math. The scores must be within the last five years.)

The ACCUPLACER test is offered Monday-Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

Students will study and learn to interpret and apply the requirements of the National Electrical Code. A solid background in the theory and technology of the electrical field will give the knowledge and ability to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair electrical circuits and equipment. The training gives students the flexibility to pursue different areas of employment as entry-level electricians. Most of our lab experience mimics outside work-sites and allows students to have first-hand experience in a controlled environment. The Electrical Trades program prepares students for employment as an apprentice electrician in the construction, mining, and industrial manufacturing sectors of the Trades and Construction Industry.
The South Dakota Electrical Commission requires successful completion of First Aid/CPR training in order to graduate from an electrical trades program.

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After Earning Your Degree

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories. Electricians work indoors and outdoors in nearly every type of facility. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. Although the work is not as dangerous as other construction occupations, potential injuries include electrical shocks and burns, cuts, and falls. Employment of electricians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. The job prospects for electricians should be very good, as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants. The median annual salary for an Electrician is $51,880.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.


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Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

Disclaimer: Western Dakota Tech provides these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by Western Dakota Tech of any site or any information contained therein. When you leave wdt.edu, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. Western Dakota Tech makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party websites or vendors.

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