Curriculum - Required Courses

Spring courses are completed in eleven weeks beginning in January and ending by the first of April at which time students are able to start placement training.

TSM 121 Electrical Fundamentals, Fall 4 credits (3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Properties of conductors, Ohm's law, power formula, series and parallel circuits, inductive and capacitive reactance, and power factor. Single- and three-phase electrical systems, electromagnetic induction, and transformer operation. Environmental factors related to power use and production. Kirchhoff laws, Norton and Thevenin equivalent circuits.

AE 072 Electrical Wiring I, Fall 4 credits (3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Common electrical materials and basic electrical circuit wiring. How to use the National Electrical Code to look up information necessary for electrical wiring in residential, commercial and agricultural buildings including branch circuits, services and safe use of hand tools.

AE 073 Electrical Occupations, Spring 1 credit (1 hr. lecture)
Understanding the electrical wiring trade, job openings, preparation of a resume, and interviewing for a job. How to be a successful employee and make the most of placement training as a learning experience. Preparation of reports and placement training visits and evaluation.

AE 082 Electrical Wiring II, Spring 2 credits (1 hr. lecture, 3 hrs. lab)
Typical electrical circuit installation for residential, commercial, and agricultural buildings. Bending and installation of conduit and tubing. Proper use of power tools used in the electrical trade.

TSM 122 AC and DC Machines, Spring 3 credits (3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Fundamentals, types and characteristics of electric motors. Connecting, reversing and servicing of AC and DC motors and drives.

AE 085 Electrical Applications, Spring 3 credits (3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Applications of electric heating and cooling systems. Fundamentals and applications of light sources and lighting design. The computer is used for lighting designs.

AE 092 Electrical Wiring III, Fall 4 credits (3 hrs lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Commercial, agricultural, and industrial wiring, planning and installation, including transformers, poly-phase systems, conductor sizing, emergency power systems and hazardous location wiring.

AE 094 Electrical Systems Planning, Fall 4 credits (4 hrs. lecture)
Basic electrical calculations and wiring layout. Circuit requirements, outlet location, branch circuits and service sizing, blueprint reading and cost estimation.

TSM 223 Fundamentals of Automation and Controls, Fall 4 credits (3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Control devices and motor starters, ladder diagrams, and wiring of motor circuits and control systems. Fundamentals of solid state control devices, including logic gates, programmable logic controller installation and other types of control systems.

AT 045 Communications, Fall/Spring 2 credits (2 hrs. lecture)
Communication in the electrical trade including public speaking, group discussion, business correspondence, technical reports and review of grammar and mechanics.

AT 071 Technical Mathematics, Fall 2 credits (2 hrs. lecture)
Basic arithmetic. Whole numbers, common fractions, decimals, percentage, ratio, and proportion. Basic algebraic concepts and solutions for practical geometric problems.

CSS 110 Computer Application, Fall 2 credits (1 hr. lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Use of computers in agriculture. Basic computer operating systems. Management and use of storage media. Laboratory experience in word processing, spread sheets, data bases, programming languages, networking, and software related to agriculture.

KIN 125 First Aid, Fall 3 credits (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab), 
Knowledge and application of first aid concepts relating to respiratory and cardiopulmonary disorder, shock, wounds, burns, fractures, drug poisoning, childbirth, litigation. Preventing trauma by recognizing and avoiding safety hazards.

AT 293 Professional Internship, Spring 3 to 6 credits (800 hrs. on-the-job)
A supervised work experience with an electrical contractor where the trainee is earning a wage as well as being under joint supervision of the employer and the program coordinator. The student enrolls for placement training spring semester and begins the on-the-job experience the first of April with completion approximately mid August.

Elective Courses

AE 053 Engine & Equipment Maintenance, Spring 2 credits (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab) Principles of two-stroke and four-stroke engines. Fuel systems, ignition systems, lubrication, carburetion, differentials, clutches and transmissions, and hydraulic systems. Operation and maintenance procedures.

AE 057 Special Topics, Fall/Spring variable credit
Supervised individual student study in electrical technology with specific evaluation criteria set by the instructor in advance of the course.

AE 150 Metal Fabrication Technology, Fall 2 credits (1 hr. lecture, 2 hrs. Lab)
Physical principles and safety techniques for electric and gas welding. Soldering, brazing, cutting, tool use, machine shop equipment use, and hot and cold metal working.

AE 252 Gasoline and Diesel Engine Technology, Fall 3 credits (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Operating principles of gasoline and diesel engines and their systems. Operation and maintenance requirement.

AE 254 Fluid Power Technology, Spring 2 credits (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Fluid power in mobile equipment. Operation and characteristics of system components and circuits. Component disassembly. System testing and diagnosis.

AEE 100 Public Speaking, Fall/Spring 2 credits (2 hrs. lecture)
Public speaking skills for agriculture and natural resource professionals. Organizing and delivering effective speeches for diverse audiences.

AEE 110 Foundations of ANR Communications: Learning and Leadership, Fall 2 credits (1 hr. lecture, 2 hrs. lab)
Basic information systems applied to ANR communications, learning, and leadership. Communications skills, research techniques, learning theory, technology, and personal and professional development.

AEE 120 Current Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Fall 3 credits (3 hrs. lecture)
Implementation and interpretation of public law related to agricultural and environmental policy. Role of government in regulating technological and economic change related to agriculture and the environment. Non-governmental organizations.

AT 040 Agricultural Law, Spring 2 credits (3 hrs. lecture)
Selected legal issues pertaining to the agricultural industry and small business operations.

AT 055 Agricultural Finance, Spring 3 credits (4 hrs. lecture)
Introduction to agricultural finance. Types of credit. Financial alternatives.

AE 261 Animal Housing & Ventilation, Spring 2 credits (3 hrs. lecture)
Animal and human environmental requirements. Heat and moisture production rates, psychometrics of air and building material R-values. Heat and moisture balance, selection of fans and operation of ventilation systems. Natural ventilation systems also covered.

Courses may be elected at another educational institution with the approval of the program coordinator. Other courses in the Agricultural Technology schedule of courses may be elected with approval of the program coordinator.

Sample Program

Below you will find a sample outline of the Electrical Technology program intended as a guide to help plan your course schedule. An alternate schedule may be developed between the program coordinator and student. Please consult Michigan State University's official schedule of classes to determine which classes will be available in the semester that you are attempting to register as not every class may be offered each semester.

Fall Semester (First Year-15 Weeks)

Course Title Credits
AT 045 Ag. Communications 2
AT 071 Technical Math 2
CSS 110 Computer Applications 2
KIN 125 First Aid 3
TSM 121 Electrical Fundamentals 4
AE 072 Electrical Wiring I 4

Spring Semester (First Year - 10 Weeks)

Course Title Credits
AE 073 Electrical Occupations 1
AE 082 Electrical Wiring II 2
AE 085 Electrical Applications 3
TSM 122 AC & DC Machines 3
AT 293 Professional Internship 6
  Electives 1

Fall Semester (Second Year - 15 Week Program)

Course Title Credits
AE 092 Electrical Wiring III 4
AE 094 Electrical Systems Planning 4
TSM 223 Fundamentals of Automation and Controls 4
  Electives 3


Earn While You Learn

The ET Courses that are offered during the second year are arranged to give students the opportunity to work part-time and still go to school. Many of the ET students choose to work for an electrical contractor during this semester. In this case, the hours count towards the requirement for the journey exam.

Additionally, Michigan State University offers information for all students regarding student jobs that are available throughout the area: Jobs. Please note, these jobs are not ones that would count for hours toward the journey exam. These jobs are generally available to all Michigan State University students regardless of major.

Placement Training

Placement training provides the opportunity for students to work with experienced personnel in the electrical field. While on placement training, students gain actual experience in the field under the supervision of the employer and the MSU program coordinator and/or advisor. Students are enrolled for 3 to 6 credits at MSU while completing placement training.

Students will receive wages in addition to MSU credit. Additionally the students are working towards completing 800 work hours which is required for the journey exam.

Generally students work for an electrical contractor near their home, but this is not guaranteed. There are out-of-state placement opportunities. Students are given job leads if necessary, but the student must interview to get the job.