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Electrical Apprenticeship

Electrical Apprenticeship courses begin in the fall semester (late August) and end the following spring semester (March or April). In total, a student will complete an estimated 624 hours of class time by the end of the program.

This four-level/four-year program is taught using the Mike Holt curriculum and books. Instructors at each level will administer monthly written and performance tests/modules. Our program not only prepares highly skilled craftsmen but also helps them understand the “why” of their work.

Interested in the Electrical Apprenticeship program? Don’t have a job in the industry yet? Please reach out to eholt@cfcc.edu to learn more about how to register and get connected with employers for interviews.

This program is a registered apprenticeship program with Apprenticeship NC through the Department of Labor. Upon completion of the four-level/four-year program, apprentices will receive their Apprenticeship NC journeyman card and certificate.

Electrical Apprenticeship Levels Overview

  • Level I begins with the basics of safety and an introduction to math for measurements, hand/power tools, blueprint reading, and rigging. Students learn to bend and install conduit, mount boxes and receptacles and are introduced to electrical theory, and understanding the National Electrical Code.
  • Level II builds on the fundamentals presented in Level I. The curriculum continues with advanced electrical theory, motors, grounding, services, and the National Electrical Code.
  • Level III curriculum begins with load calculations and continues with conductors over-current protection, raceways, and devices. Students learn about power distribution equipment and an introduction to motor maintenance and motor controls.
  • Level IV curriculum includes load calculations-feeders and services, practical applications of lighting, standby and emergency systems, basic electronic theory, fire alarm systems, specialty transformers, advanced motor controls, HVAC controls, heat tracing and freeze protection, motor maintenance, finishing with high voltage terminations/splices.

Course Pricing

Each level of the program is currently priced at $185.00 per student (however tuition may increase slightly throughout each fiscal year as directed by the State. Course tuition can be verified during open registration). Classes will begin in August and will be open for registration in early summer. It is suggested that students begin contacting the department early to be placed on a course contact list for this program.

Robert C. Massengill Scholarship Application

The Cape Fear Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. established the Robert C. Massengill Scholarship Fund at CFCC in 2020 to honor the memory of Robert C. Massengill, an electrical contractor with a long history in the Wilmington area. Selected students in the Electrical Apprenticeship Level 1 course will receive a $600 scholarship to help finance the cost of tools essential to the electrical trade.

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Registration Requirements

Generally, any person who is 18 years of age or older, or whose high school class has graduated, is eligible for admission to Continuing Education classes. While each class has a limit of 20 to 25 students, applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis as we are unable to reserve seats for potential students. Employees who currently work under a contractor who will cover the cost of tuition and books are still required to fill out and sign their registration form in order to be enrolled in the class.

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