Electrical Studies

Joe Ketchum

Joe Ketchum

Electrical Studies Teacher

General Information

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 high school 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 (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

Industry Credentials earned upon completion of the program

  • OSHA 10

  • OSHA 30

  • OSHA Forklift Certification

  • Chauffeur's License - Class E

  • NCCER - Carpentry I


Capstone Internship Experience (2nd Semester of Year 2)

  • Paid work experience during the school year.

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

  • On-site interviews and career portfolio development.

  • Weekly meetings at LEAD Center to prepare for transition from high school to workforce.

Summer Internship available for the bridge between Junior and Senior year

After Graduation 

  • Interviews with prospective employers in March/April before graduation. 

  • 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.

In this Staff Spotlight video, Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle visits with Joe Ketchum, Electrical Studies Instructor at the LEAD Center.

Student in work station

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