Industrial Electricity & Automation

New Program for 2015-16

The addition of this program is due to growth in jobs related to Industrial Electricity & Automation in our area based on information from the Center for Workforce Development and feedback from local industries.  The CWD lists a median earning of $16.54 /hr for jobs relating to Industrial Electricity & Automation in our area (national median income is $17.80 /hr).  The CWD also notes that 143 new jobs will be created by in the next 5 years.  In addition CWD indicates that 48% of jobs in electricity & automation are filled with worker 45 years and older.  


Program Description:

Post-secondary credit (Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment) is available for all classes in this program to students who successfully complete any of these courses.  This program is designed for students to take Industrial Electricity 1&2 at Volunteer HS at no charge while the Industrial Automation will be taught at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Phipps Bend.  Charges for the Industrial Automation course at TCAT will be based on their fee structure.  It is anticipated that there will be scholarship opportunities to reduce the out of pocket cost for the Industrial Automation course so long as the student takes it before graduation from high school.  There is no charge for the Industrial Electricity 1 & 2 so long as they are taken while at VHS.


Course Fees: $10 per course
Student Organization: Skills USA

Course Descriptions:


Industrial Electricity l will provide basic skills and knowledge related to residential and commercial electrical systems. Course content includes safe practices, Ohm's

law, installing conduit, conductors, residential and commercial electrical systems, and services according to National Electrical code (NEC) and local codes. This course gives students an introduction to the skill and knowledge base typically required for apprentice electricians.


Industrial Electricity II is a course in which students will learn and practice intermediate skills related to electrical systems, with emphasis on commercial systems. Topics covered include overcurrent protection; sizing conductors; lighting systems; three-phase motors; motor control circuits; sizing raceways, boxes, and fittings; and connecting distribution transformers, including a laboratory experience conducted in a shop environment that supports electrical assembly projects by students. This course gives students a substantial skill and knowledge foundation typically required for apprentice electricians.

Industrial Automation is designed to provide training in basic theories, principles, practices, experiments, and hands-on experience needed to solve everyday problems involved in electrical maintenance, installation, repair, and operation of electrical equipment. Industrial Electricity students will use many calculations based on Ohm's Law to solve problems in electrical and electronic circuits. Reading of schematic and line diagrams is included as well.  Students are taught the most practical aspects of troubleshooting electrical problems. They gain a deeper understanding of electrical safety, theory, and application. Knowledge of schematic diagrams, national electric code, electric motor control, and programmable logic controllers is essential when troubleshooting high-tech electrical equipment. Students will be trained on programmable logic controllers, pneumatics, hydraulics, and an understanding of automation systems.