Workforce Certificate (PSAV/Clock Hour program)
The program prepares students for a rewarding career in the all-encompassing electrical industry. Upon successful completion, students will be qualified to enter the electrical industry as an electrical helper. Instruction consists of academic as well as laboratory and hands-on training designed to prepare the students to comply with numerous industry standards and achieve practical certifications.
Electricity is a national necessity. That silent, invisible current moves at the speed of light, works at the flick of a switch, brews our morning coffee, powers our national defense, and runs just about everything that keeps us calm, cool, and connected. No wonder we treat a power outage like an emergency. And no wonder there is always a need for more skilled electricians, especially in Florida where population and construction are at record highs.
Among the topics covered are DC/AC theories, proper selection and use of power and hand tools used in the trade, use of blueprints, National Electrical Code (NEC) in-depth study, wiring techniques, and electrical maintenance procedures. Approximately 60-70 percent of training experience will be through hands-on situations in the lab with the emphasis placed on safety in the lab and on the project site.
A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.
Florida State College at Jacksonville's Building Construction program has a long-standing relationship with this region's major industry organizations, such as Woods Engineering, ShayCore Enterprises, Superior Construction, Stellar Group, Dickey Smith & Company, Miatt Construction, Accubuild Construction, Haskell, Gilbane, Barton and Malow, and Auld & White.
Members of the Northeast Florida Builders Association serve on Electricity Advisory Council and on advisory committees for all trades, as well as provide internships and fund annual scholarships. The advisory committees provide leadership, support, and guidance for the program and support such educational activities as constructing residential projects from design to move in.
You have the opportunity to network with major contractors and become employed while you're still in school. We also refer you for internships and job interviews.
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. In order to earn the Workforce Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or qualify for a TABE waiver. Visit fscj.edu/assessment/available-assessments/tabe/tabe-certificate for program exit scores or bit.ly/TABEwaiver for the TABE waiver form. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record. College Assessment and Certification locations and information can be found at fscj.edu/assessment. For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation through the Applied Academics for Adult Education (8525) (N.C.) program. Remediation consists of tutoring, referral to online resources and/or completion of the following coursework in Reading, Mathematics and Language:
Students interested in this program should be advised by the instructor or Program Manager before enrolling in coursework.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Electricity Construction program, students must:
- Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
- Provide Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores or waiver.
- Submit one of the following:
- An official (unopened) High School completion transcript (no diplomas) or college transcript
- An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant). Note: Florida State College at Jacksonville transcripts can be unofficial. Transcripts from outside colleges must be official (unopened).
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