Electrical Trades Department

James R. Jerla, Chair
Phone: (607) 587-3115 or (607) 587-3185; Email: jerlajr@alfredstate.edu

Electricity, and the electricians who install and maintain these systems, plays a critical role in the function of the nation’s and the world’s complex industrial technology, as well as an individual’s personal environment. Nearly all aspects of an individual’s life are affected by some component of this diverse field. Without competent personnel to support today’s complex electrical systems, our lives and the economy would be seriously impacted. The faculty and staff of the Electrical Trades department provide the skills and occupational competence necessary for entry in the field of electrical technologies.


The Electrical Trade’s laboratories are well equipped with electrical test equipment. Students will facilitate learning by direct hands-on applications of the theory, knowledge, and skills presented in lecture. In this program approximately 50 percent or more of each day is spent working hands-on in the laboratory.

The opportunity for real-life work experience is integrated into the program. Much of the hands-on electrical training provided in the freshman year consists of actual wiring projects off campus. The senior electrical students receive real-life experience working with the campus maintenance department, troubleshooting campus equipment, rewiring existing facilities, or designing and installing the electrical systems in new facilities. Seniors also will design and install automated projects in the lab incorporating relay logic, PLC’s, pneumatics, hydraulics, and process control systems.

Computer technology has been integrated into all of the courses. The facilities for the Electrical Trades department have full wireless network capability for students with laptop computers having network cards. The classrooms are also fully wired with ports for the desktop computers provided and for student laptops without wireless capabilities.


Electrical construction and maintenance electrician program: The cost for textbooks, tools, and lab supplies is approximately $1,200 for the two years of study.* A laptop computer is not required for this program.

*Please refer to the most current required tool list on the Alfred State website at www.alfredstate.edu/questions/high-school-seniors-and-recent-graduates/what-tools-do-i-need-for-my-curriculum.


Math sequence I & II recommended for all programs, plus the following requirements:

  1. Must be able to visually translate information on analog or digital meters and other test equipment.
  2. Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
  3. Must be able to communicate orally with a person six to 10 feet away.
  4. Must be able to read and decipher information found in technical manuals.
  5. Must be able to adhere to and perform all safety requirements.


Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician (AOS)