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As a journeyman with IBEW Local 683, the Electrical Trades Center of Ohio is still dedicated to training the premier electricians in the Columbus area. Discover our listing of journeyman fifth year electives, which are outlined below. These journeyman fifth year electives courses are meant to enhance your skills and offer additional training to our members. Read through the descriptions below and let our Training Center staff know if you have any questions.

This hands-on course is designed to enable the user to effectively use AutoCAD ®MEP.  Students will learn to draft, design and document building systems with AutoCAD® MEP software, the version of AutoCAD® software for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) designers and drafters. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to work with the AutoCAD® MEP interface in order to create and edit intelligent objects, learn the meaning of parametric design, BIM and object-oriented CAD, understand drawing management features, how to share information with third party energy analysis programs, work with source drawings and source drawing queries, embed electrical power characteristics in electrical devices, place devices and assign load, place panels and create circuits and wires, convert AutoCAD®  geometry to AutoCAD® MEP objects, understand the theory and applications of the AutoCAD® MEP Style Manager, use the drawing compare and interference detection tools.

  • Prerequisite: Must pass basic computing skills test and Construction Drawings
  • Length: 16 weeks (32 nights)

This entry-level course sets the foundation of a copper-based structured cabling system installation. It begins with an overview of copper transmission principles, professionalism, life safety and general industry best practices as related to copper. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination, testing and retrofitting of copper cable. Additional topics covered will include BICSI best practices for pathways and spaces; grounding, bonding and protection; and firestopping.

  • Prerequisite: The ETC does not require a prerequisite for this course. However, individuals preparing to sit for the BICSI ITS Installer 2, Copper exam must possess at least one year of current and verifiable information technology systems industry installation experience.
  • Length: 8 weeks (16 nights)

This course sets the groundwork for optical fiber-based structured cabling system installation. It starts with an overview of fiber transmission principles, professionalism, life safety and industry best practices, as related to fiber. A significant amount of course time will be spent on installation, splicing, termination, testing and retrofitting of optical fiber cable. Additional topics covered  include pathways and spaces, firestopping and an introduction to field coordination

  • Prerequisite: BICSI Installer Level 2 Copper
  • Length: 8 weeks (16 nights)

Students learn “best practice” procedures for the installation of structured cabling systems. Course objectives include the understanding of installation foundations; safety procedures; cabling, pathways and spaces; bonding, grounding and electrical protection; firestopping; retrofits and upgrades; data centers; healthcare; planning and project management; and other specific applications. At the conclusion of this course, the apprentice will be prepared to sit for the BICSI Technician Certification exam.

  • Prerequisite: BICSI Installer Level 2 Copper And Fiber Optics
  • LENGTH: 8 weeks (16 nights)

Learn about system integration in a sophisticated building automation environment. This course is a must for all electricians who wish to learn how to install and design building automation systems, as it examines HVAC, lighting, security, fire alarm, mechanical and plumbing systems, before introducing students to functions of sensors, actuators and other control devices. This course provides practical, hands-on experience using simple examples, job aids and network tools.

  • Prerequisite: Completion of third-year curriculum
  • Length: 8 weeks (16 nights)

Designed to strengthen the abilities of project supervisors at all levels, key topics of this course include field supervision and crew management, technical skills, communication and “soft” skills, planning, managing risk, best practices for accomplishing project objectives, managing physical resources, schedules and costs and team building. The course is designed for considerable interaction among participants, as it encourages them to learn from one another and provides ample opportunities for large group and small group interactions, as well as practice of skills important to the supervisor.

  • Prerequisite: Completion of second-year curriculum
  • Length: 8 weeks (16 nights)

This course combines lecture and hands-on labs to provide a comprehensive coverage of motor controls, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) with control devices used in industrial and commercial electrical systems. Topics include electrical symbols and line diagrams; logic applied to ladder diagrams, VFDs, PLCs, AC/DC magnetic contactors and motor starters, control devices, time delay and logic, reversing motor circuits, photoelectric and proximity controls, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting.

  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Motor Controls; students will be required to pass basic computing skills test
  • Length: 16 weeks (32 nights)

Learn the skills required to install and calibrate instruments used for process control applications. The course introduces the basics of instrumentation, including definitions of commonly used terms and symbols, an overview of the physical parameters of industrial measurement and control, pressure, flow, level and temperature. It also covers more complex materials such as configuration and calibration and finishes with the fundamentals of process control, control valves and control valve maintenance, analytical instrumentation, and instrument installation and tubing. A comprehensive lab is available for hands-on training, which makes this course the best available for electrical workers.

  • Prerequisite: Completion of Motor Controls
  • Length: 8 Weeks (16 nights)

Discover the fundamentals of PV systems, equipment and code-compliant installation requirements for residential and commercial installations. Topics include site evaluations, component operation, system design and sizing, installation requirements and recommended practices. The course format includes classroom instruction and hands-on interactive lab exercises using state-of-the-art equipment and materials. Sample lab exercises cover variations on equipment and procedures used to meet learning objectives. Emphasis is also placed on how to achieve nationally recognized credentials.

  • Prerequisite: Completion of second-year inside curriculum
  • Length: 8 weeks (16 nights)

This course builds on motor control skills by introducing computerized automated systems to students. Topics include programmable controller basics, numbering systems, programmable controller operation, input and output modules, installing PLC systems, logic and ladder logic programming, processors and data organization, relay logic instructions, timers and counters, data manipulation and control, sequencers and shift registers, documenting PLC systems, use of  control software, DOS filtering and tree structure, slot addressing options, physical systems layout, device addressing, use of activation files, online/offline programming modes, use of menus and screens, creating ladder logic programs and processor to device communication. Know when and how to use forcing cross reference and program search, program documentation, editing existing programs and create programs to solve real world scenarios.

  • Prerequisite: Completion of Motor Controls; must pass basic computing skills test
  • Length: 8 weeks (16 nights)

This course introduces the student to the process required to successfully join ferrous metals, as students learn basic welding skills, welding tools, welding safety, OxyFuel setup, cutting, and heating, base metal preparation and weld quality. The course teaches all aspects of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW, which is more commonly known as “Stick Welding”), including equipment setup and electrode selection. Students will engage in lab activities such as OxyFuel cutting, plasma arc cutting and proper fit up and preparation of materials for joining.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Length: 8 Weeks (16 nights)
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