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What is the Electrical Technology Certification Program? 

Electrical Technology is an electrical apprenticeship training program with an emphasis on residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial wiring.

The program combines fifteen months of classroom, lab, and on-the-job training. Students will learn the latest National Electrical Code, electrical fundamentals, various electrical installations, and various electrical operations in housing, agriculture and industry. These skills will be used to become a licensed journey electrician through the State of Michigan.

Students successfully completing the requirements (48 credits) of the Electrical Technology program receive a Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology and are eligible to participate in the annual graduation ceremony of the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

The program is approved by the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Training and by the Electrical Administrative Board, Bureau of Construction Codes, and State of Michigan.




Jonathan Althouse, M.S.
Instructor, Master Electrician
524 S. Shaw Lane
114 Farrall Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1323
(517) 353-4896

Jon Althouse



  • AE 057 Special Topics
  • AE 092 Electrical Wiring III
  • AE 072 Electrical Wiring I
  • TSM 223 Fundamentals of Automation and Controls


  • AE 082 Electrical Wiring II
  • AE 085 Elec Appl Heat Cool & Lighting
  • AE 073 Electrical Occupations
  • TSM 122 Alternating and Direct Current Machines
  • AT 293 Professional Internship

Research Interests:
Teaching, LEP and Research, Stray Voltage, Electrical Technology Coordinator, Electric Power and Wiring, Automation Systems.

Application - Apply to the program

Frist-time Students

Application Form (pdf) 

Transfer Students

Michigan State University accepts transfer students through the Electrical Technology office. The requirements for transfer students to be admitted to the Electrical Technology program are:

  • Official College or University Transcript including 100 level or above courses
  • A completed application to the Electrical Technology program
  • Previous courses that will be beneficial include courses in: accounting, business management, building construction courses, computer applications, drafting or CADD, economics, first aid or mathematics

Transfer students also go through an academic orientation program. This program is handled jointly through the Electrical Technology program as well as the MSU Office of New Student Programs.

Institute of Agricultural Technology
Michigan State University
446  W. Circle Drive
120 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
1-888-247-4832 (In-State)


All students new to Michigan State University must go through an orientation program. Orientation generally occurs in the summer, however there is a short orientation session directly at the beginning of the fall semester. The Electrical Technology program also runs its own orientation program which compliments the universities program. This program runs jointly with the Office of New Student Programs.

Orientation for the ET program is only handled through the Institute of Agricultural Technology. The Agricultural Technology Orientation program is only available for Agricultural Technology students and it will allow the students to meet with their advisor, register for fall semester classes, as well as learn about the program, and meet other ET students. This orientation will include aspects on student life, general academics, and the other topics which are covered in the Freshman and Transfer Orientation programs presented to all students.

Cost, Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition  for IAT certificate programs is the same tuition rate for all other undergraduate MSU courses.  The current tuition information can be found at the Tuition and Fees page on the MSU website.  Some courses may have additional expenses for supplies, labs, and/or field trips.

The Electrical Technology Certificate program can be as short as 15 months in length.  The overall financial investment is less and the overall time commitment is less than a typical 4 year degree.  Graduates will be on their way to employment in a shorter time frame than students pursuing a bachelors degree.  Electrical Technology students are eligible for scholarships and should contact their program coordinator/advisor about financial aid opportunities.