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Electrical Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Energize your future with electrical technology.

Gain extensive hands-on experience and trouble-shooting techniques

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As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians are needed to install the necessary components. Electricians with the widest variety of skills should have the best job opportunities.

Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology gives you the practical skills to install, maintain and repair machine controls, electrical machinery and other electrically controlled devices in residential, commercial and industrial environments.

Covering all aspects of up-to-date electrical technology, you will learn blueprint reading, AC/DC fundamentals, and residential and industrial wiring methods, in addition to the ins and outs of alternative energy/hybrid power systems, to name just a few.

Utilizing hands-on instruction, you will experience electrical work in real time with measurable results. Career specialty areas include programmable logic controllers, industrial and business management, renewable energy technologies, fiber and data cabling, and occupational safety.

Our core courses help you build a strong foundation in electrical technology, and our five specializations allow you to focus on the specific skills, tools and knowledge valued by employers:


Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to take the electrician licensing exam administered by the State of Virginia.

What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Chesapeake Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part-time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
66 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,233.10 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

The Electrical Technology program prepares you for employment in various industries as an electrical power and control technician. 

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • enjoy hands-on work
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy problem-solving
  • excel when working with technology
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Consider getting started by completing an apprenticeship in the field.

Career specialty areas include programmable logic controllers, industrial and business management, renewable energy technologies, fiber and data cabling and occupational safety

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for qualified electricians will explode in the next 10 years


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Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $56,576*


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* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.