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Electrician’s Helper and Solar

  • Electrician's Helper and Solar

    On-Line/Face-to-face Hybrid Training Course

    Classes start in October, Register Now!

    UB has launched a three-course Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors series in July on Coursera, in collaboration with SUNY Erie. The courses explore fundamental concepts and mechanics of photovoltaic technology, examine the intricacies of solar system design and provide a framework for solar PV project management. View the press release: UB center launches online courses about solar energy technology

    Course Description:

    SUNY-Erie offers the first round of Electrician's Helper and Solar on-line training in Fall 2020.  This training provides the skills, knowledge and step-by-step on-line demonstrations of hands-on component required for a successful career as an electrician's helper.  Portion of the course will be done on-line (due to COVID-19 restrictions).  Hands-on labs will be completed on-site.  The Electrician's Helper and Solar Training program covers electrical installation, operation, and maintenance for residential and solar systems. Students gain a deeper knowledge of safety, tools, system print reading, electrical/solar principles and measurements, functions of components, equipment and wiring, and basic National Electrical Code.

    The training program, the Electrician's Helper and Solar on-line course has a significant amount of both lecture and hands on laboratory experiments.  Topics covered in this training include Basic Electrical Theory, power generation and transmission, Ohm's Law, DC vs AC, Series, parallel circuits, the installation and layout of residential electrical circuits, PV Cell technologies, design and sizing of PV systems, PV site analysis, Power Distribution, equipment commissioning and much more.

    Laboratory demonstrations and hands-on experiments include wiring basic residential circuits including 1,3 & 4 way switches, main distribution panels, common residential electrical fixtures, troubleshooting common electrical problems, schematic reading, series/parallel electrical circuits, series/parallel solar module connections, solar pathfinder site and shading analysis, grid-direct PV system design including sizing PV array, inverters, DC and AC disconnects, OCPD and wiring.  Students will see how to proceed with installing and troubleshooting common residential circuits, PV grid direct systems (roof top, pole mount, and/or ground mount installations) and smaller scale electrical and PV experiments.  This training program also teaches our students how to work with high and low-voltage wiring.  

    Upon graduation students from this course will be eligible to seek work as an electrician's helper with a residential electrical companies, take the local 41 Electricians Union entrance exam and seek employment as a PV installation technicians.

  • Fall 2020 Electrician’s Helper and Solar Training Calendar (Course Schedule)

    Week / Dates Day Topic / Instructor Time
    Week 1: October 5 Monday

    Basic Electricity On-line Lecture

    Basic Electricity On-line Lecture


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Wednesday Basic Electricity On-line Lecture

    Basic Electricity Hands-on Lab (Location TBD)


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Thursday Basic Electricity Hands-on Lab (Location TBD ) 4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Friday Basic Electricity On-line Lecture 1pm – 4pm

    Saturday Basic Electricity Hands-on Lab (Location TBD)
    10am – 4pm
    Week 2: October 12 Monday

    Basic Electricity On-line Lecture

    PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations


    Fabrication and NEC Code On-line Lecture


    1pm – 2pm

    2pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm

    Wednesday PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations

    Fabrication and NEC Code Lab (North campus)


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Thursday Fabrication and NEC Code On-line Lecture 4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Friday PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations 1pm – 4pm

    Saturday PV Hands-on Labs (South campus)
    10am – 4pm
    Week 3: October 19 Monday

    PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations

    Fabrication and NEC Code On-line Lecture


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Wednesday PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations

    Fabrication and NEC Code Lab (North campus)


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Thursday

    Fabrication and NEC Code Face-to-face Lecture (North campus) 4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Friday PV On-line Lecture with Demonstrations

    1pm – 4pm

    Saturday PV Hands-on Labs (South campus)
    10am – 4pm
    Week 4: October 26 Monday

    PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations

    Fabrication and NEC Code On-line Lecture


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Wednesday PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations

    Fabrication and NEC Code Lab (North campus)


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Thursday Fabrication and NEC Code Face-to-face Lecture and Lab (North campus) 4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Friday PV On-line Lecture with Demonstrations

    1pm – 4pm

    Saturday PV Hands-on Labs (South campus)
    10am – 4pm
    Week 5: November 2 Monday

    PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations

    Fabrication and NEC Code On-line Lecture


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Wednesday PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations

    Fabrication and NEC Code Lab (North campus)


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Thursday Fabrication and NEC Code Lab (North campus) 4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Friday PV On-line Lecture with Demonstrations 1pm – 4pm

    Saturday PV Hands-On Lab / Lecture (South campus)
    10am – 4pm
    Week 6: November 9
    Monday

    PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations

    PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Wednesday PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations

    PV On-Line Lecture with Demonstrations


    1pm – 4pm

    4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Thursday Fabrication and NEC Code On-line Lecture 4:30pm – 7:30pm
    Friday PV On-line Lecture with Demonstrations 1pm – 4pm

    Saturday PV Hands-on Lab / Lecture (South campus)
    10am – 4pm
    Week 7: November 16 Saturday PV Lab – Rain day (South campus)

    10am – 4pm


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