Electrical Studies

Joe Ketchum


Joe Ketchum, Electrical Studies Teacher


Electrical Studies


Electrical Studies is a year-long program for juniors and seniors interested in a career as an electrician. Students will be engaged in rewarding and challenging learning opportunities through coursework involving lab applications, and real-world experiences through collaborative work with electrical trade partners and technicians. Students will have opportunities to be placed in paid internship experiences during their high school experience and job placement opportunities upon graduation from high school.

Year 1 Content

  • Electrical industry overview

  • Electrical theory

  • Intro to Electrical Circuits

  • Intro to residential wiring

  • Intro to commercial wiring

  • Electrical circuit troubleshooting 

  • Electrical testing equipment 

  • Conduit bending

  • Intro to low voltage wiring

  • Electrical calculations

Year 2 Content

  • Year one overview

  • Motor applications and controls

  • Conduit and pull boxes

  • Load calculations

  • Fire alarm systems

  • After-Graduation Transition Programming

  • Practicum Internship Experience (2nd Semester)

Credit Opportunities

  • Year 1

    • 3.0 - HS practical art or elective

    • 1.0 - HS Technical English

    • 1.0 - HS Technical Math

  • Year 2

    • 3.0 - HS practical art or elective

    • 1.0 - HS Technical English

    • 1.0 - HS Technical Math


  • Capstone Internship Experience (2nd Semester of Year 2)

    • Paid work experience during the school year.

    • Placement is coordinated between students, LEAD Center staff, and trade partners.

    • On-site interviews and career portfolio development.

    • Weekly meetings at LEAD Center for preparation of transition from high school to workforce

  • Summer Internship available for the bridge between Junior and Senior year

Industry Credentials earned upon completion of the program

  • OSHA 10

  • OSHA 30

  • OSHA Forklift Certification

  • Chauffeur's License - Class E

  • NCCER - Carpentry I

After Graduation 

  • Job Interviews with prospective employers in March & April before you graduate. 

  • Support for the onboarding process with career placement.

  • Transition support from high school to the workforce is embedded into Year 2 internship experience.

Electrical studies students tour the Ninth Grade Center under construction

Electrical Studies students tour the Ray-Pec Ninth Grade Center under construction.

Student in work station

Students have individual work stations in which to practice skills learned about residential and commercial electrical work.