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February 24 2014

UTTC adding electrical program

BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College is adding another specialty in workforce development. Training in electrical technology is set to begin March 17.
            The new offering is part of the college’s TCC DeMaND Program, a workforce training initiative funded by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
            UTTC’s Electrical Technology is a certificate-degree program that runs for the brief period of 16 weeks. Like other technical fields in the program, it emphasizes getting students trained and into the labor market quickly.
            “The training is concentrated. Students put in full days working through the week just as they will on the job,” says Jesse Peterson, the program’s director. “It involves classroom study and three specially designed experimentation labs.”
            The labs give the kind of valuable hands-on opportunity that many students need to gain confidence and skill, Peterson says. Classroom training reinforces skill-building and focuses on the basics of electrical theory, print reading, electrical codes and safe work practices. In the end, students will know how to properly build, wire and troubleshoot residential and commercial electrical systems.
            Although the focus is on electrical, the training also includes instruction in applied math, OSHA 10 regulations, First Aid and CPR, first year college experience, and Native American business planning.
Showcase
            All of UTTC’s DeMaND programs were featured February 15 at the college highlighting some of the new technology used in the programs. In addition to electrical the others are welding, commercial truck and bus driving, heavy equipment operation, construction technology and geospatial information systems (GIS).
            Each uses use state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Many have the latest simulators in their field to help learn basic motor skills in a virtual environment before sharpening skills on the real equipment.
Job Opportunities
            Students completing electrical technology will have the knowledge to gain entry-level employment in the field. They can become electrical apprentices, engage in residential or commercial work, install or assemble electrical and electronic equipment, service appliances, or install and repair telecommunications equipment.
            Many of these and other jobs are available for skilled workers throughout the region, Peterson says. Students will have many opportunities to use skills they receive from the program.
Making Contact
            UTTC’s workforce training programs are open to students of all backgrounds. For more information about the Electrical Technology contact Jesse Peterson 701-255-3285 x 1242, jpeterson@uttc.edu.
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LET THERE BE LIGHT: Electrical technology instructor Jesse Peterson, right, shows an electrical circuit to broadcaster Mia Amini who reported on radio February 15 from UTTC’s workforce training showcase.
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