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Course textbooks information

The GRCC/Tassell M-TEC Construction Trades Electrical Advisory Committee has recommended the following sequence of training:

ELEC 010 (Level I)

  • Orientation to the Electrical Trade
  • Basic Employability Skills
  • Basic Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Introduction to Construction Math
  • Introduction to Electrical Circuits
  • Electrical Theory
  • Introduction to the National Electrical Code
  • Device Boxes

ELEC 020 (Level I continuation)

  • Introduction to Hand Tools
  • Hand Bending
  • Raceways and Fittings
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Introduction to Construction Drawings
  • Basic Electrical Construction Drawings
  • Residential Electrical Services
  • Electrical Test Equipment

 ELEC 030 (Level II)

  • Basic Communication Skills
  • Alternating Current
  • Motors: Theory and Application
  • Electric Lighting
  • Introduction to Power Tools
  • Conduit Bending
  • Pull and Junction Boxes
  • Conductor Installations

TE 103 – Intermediate Technical Mathematics - four credits

 A study of numbers, common and decimal fractions, Scientific notation, percentages, ratios, proportions, direct and inverse variation, formulas and their transpositions, linear systems and equations, and quadratic equations. This class is eligible for the Challenge Exam. Students passing the Challenge Exam can receive credits and opt out of coursework. 

ELEC 040 (Level II continuation)

  • Introduction to Materials Handling
  • Basic Rigging
  • Cable Tray
  • Conductor Terminations and Splices
  • Ground and Bonding
  • Circuit Breakers and Fuses
  • Control Systems and Fundamental Concepts

 ELEC 050 (Level III)

  • Load Calculations – Branch and Feeder Circuit
  • Conductor Selection and Calculations
  • Practical Applications of Lighting
  • Hazardous Locations
  • Overcurrent Protection

 ELEC 060 (Level III continuation)

  • Distribution Equipment
  • Transformers
  • Commercial Electrical Services
  • Motor Calculations
  • Voice, Data, and Video
  • Motor Controls

ELEC 070 (Level IV)

  • Load Calculations Feeder and Services
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Standby and Emergency Systems
  • Basic Electronic Theory
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Specialty Transformers

ELEC 080 (Level IV continuation)

  • Advanced Controls
  • HVAC Controls
  • Heat Tracing and Freeze Protection
  • Motor Operation and Maintenance
  • Medium-Voltage Terminations/Splices
  • Special Locations
  • Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader

EL 260 – National Electric Code - three credits

This class is a study of the application and interpretation of the National Electric Code rules. This course covers the current edition of the NEC in preparation to sit for the State of Michigan Journeyman’s or Master’s electrical licensing exam.


The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) requires a minimum of 576 contact hours, or the equivalency if competency-based instruction is used, for a four-year (8,000 hr) registered apprenticeship program. For assistance in selecting and sequencing courses for apprenticeship training, please contact us at (616) 234-3009.

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