Electrical Construction & Maintenance



  • Apprentice Electrician

  • Residential Electrician

  • Industrial Electrician

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The Electrical Construction and Maintenance program at Mitchell Technical College is a sequence of courses designed to provide basic training in maintenance and new construction wiring—in both residential and commercial buildings. The program emphasizes a combination of theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Additional coursework includes fiber optic and data cabling as well as programmable logic controls.  

The program begins with a review of basic math as it relates to the electrical trade and an introduction to hand tools, materials, basic electrical resistive theory, wire sizing, circuit construction and troubleshooting. The program continues with basic through advanced motor controls, motor theory and maintenance, installation and maintenance of equipment, blueprint reading, estimating, electrical codes and instruction in job-seeking skills.

The successful student in this program will demonstrate a variety of skills and abilities including manual dexterity, arm-hand steadiness and multi-limb coordination; visual color discrimination and near vision; reasoning, information ordering and problem-solving; and communication with supervisors, peers and subordinates. In addition, students must be able to perform general physical activities like climbing, lifting, walking, stooping and handling materials and must be able to climb a 6-foot ladder.

Apprentice electrical jobs in residential, commercial and industrial areas are open to Mitchell Tech graduates. Positions are available with electrical contractors and maintenance companies and with regional substations and utility companies. Incoming students are licensed as apprentice electricians in South Dakota. Upon completion of the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program, an Mitchell Tech graduate receives 2000 hours towards certification as a journeyman with a South Dakota electrician’s license.


Graduates will now receive one year’s experience credit allowance for a Class A journeyman electrician, power limited technician, or maintenance electrician license in the state of Minnesota, or apprentice credit by the state of Iowa. Talk with an Mitchell Tech ECM instructor for more information.

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Award: AAS Degree

First Semester
ECM101Electrical Fundamentals4 credits
ECM121Electrical Drawing4 credits
ECM151Basic Electrical Lab5 credits
OSHA101OSHA 10 Training1 credit
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Math Elective3 credits
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours21 credits
Second Semester
ECM103Designing Electrical Systems3 credits
ECM122Residential Blueprint Code3 credits
ECM149Basic Conduit Bending2 credits
ECM157Wiring Lab4 credits
CIS105Introduction to Computers3 credits
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits
Third Semester
ECM211Power Distribution1.5 credits
ECM231Electronic Circuits2 credits
ECM251Commercial/Industrial Wiring Lab4 credits
ECM252Industrial Controls3 credits
ECM255Control Lab I1.5 credits
ECM259Programmable Logic Controls3 credits
Written Communications Elective 3 credits
Total Semester Hours17 credits
Fourth Semester
ECM202Motor Theory Maintenance2 credits
ECM221Commercial Blueprint Reading2.5 credits
ECM235Structured Cabling4 credits
ECM244VFD Motor Drives1 credit
ECM253Advanced Control Systems2.5 credits
ECM257Advanced Control Lab II2 credits
ECM261Advanced Programmable Logic Contr3.5 credits
CPR100First Aid, CPR AED0.5 credits
Total Semester Hours16.5 credits



This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, Mitchell Tech requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from Mitchell Tech. The cost for an Mitchell Tech laptop averages about $1,000 for this program. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program. 

Whether it’s Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your Mitchell Tech laptop.  And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an Mitchell Tech laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.


Most states require electricians to be licensed through a combination of hours of experience, exams, and training. Incoming Mitchell Tech students are licensed as apprentice electricians in South Dakota. Upon completion of the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program, a Mitchell Tech graduate receives 2,000 hours towards their journeyman license in South Dakota. Mitchell Tech strongly encourages prospective students to verify that Mitchell Tech’s coursework will meet the educational or training requirements, if any, for licensure in the state they plan to work.

Mitchell Technical College has determined that our program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Mitchell Technical College has determined that our program’s curriculum does not meet the educational requirements for licensure in Alaska, California.

Mitchell Technical College has made no determination that our program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands.


At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate competence in practicing safety always and recognizing and correcting potential hazards.
  • Demonstrate competence in work attitude and attendance.
  • Understand the behavior and principles that govern AC and DC electrical circuits.
  • Demonstrate entry-level skills for accuracy in residential, commercial, and industrial electrical installations and maintenance services.
  • Use the National Electrical Code to legally and safely install electrical installations with supervision.
  • Install and troubleshoot basic motors and control systems.
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.


Brandon Puetz


John Henkel


Layne Hantke

Program Director / Instructor

Doug Fuerst




$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Books / Tools (estimated)$2,417




Rod Bowar Memorial Scholarship

Rod owned Kennebec Telephone Company, providers of telephone, cable TV and internet service to Kennebec, Presho and rural Lyman County. He joined the company in 1977 and purchased it in 1998. Rod was passionate about providing the best opportunities possible for his family and community. He served on many different boards and committees, including serving on the Mitchell Technical College Foundation Board. Two of Rod's children were Mitchell Tech grads, and his businesses employ multiple Mitchell Tech graduates.
2.5 GPA or greater



SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.



Central Electric Cooperative Scholarship

Central Electric Cooperative

Electrical Utilities & Substation
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Heating & Cooling
Agricultural Business
Applicant must be a full-time student in the Electrical Utilities & Substation, Power Line Construction & Maintenance, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Heating & Cooling, Agricultural Business or Agronomy program at Mitchell Technical College Applicant must maintain a 2.5 GPA Student must be a member or dependent of a member of Central Electric Cooperative based in Mitchell, SD Applicant must complete the MTC Online application to be eligible to receive this scholarship. Student must provide member name on account and Central Electric will verify membership status before recipient is announced



Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy

The scholarships will be awarded in January and applied to Power Line and Electrical Utilities and Substation recipients on their second semester account, and for Automation Controls/SCADA and Natural Gas Technology recipients accounts the following Fall semester.
Automation Controls/SCADA
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Natural Gas Technology
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicants must be first or second year students currently enrolled full-time in the following programs: Power Line Electrical Utilities and Substation Automation Controls/SCADA Natural Gas Technology Wind Turbine Technology Applicant must complete the MTC Current student online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship.



South Dakota Wheat Commission

South Dakota Wheat Commission

The South Dakota Wheat Commission began offering scholarships for Culinary Academy of South Dakota, Animal Science, Ag Business, Agronomy, Precision Technology, and SD Center for Farm and Ranch Management program students in 2014. The Commission has been an active supporter of several Mitchell Technical College programs for several years and has provided financial support for equipment and program development.
Agricultural Business
Animal Science
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Precision Ag Technology
Applicants must be currently enrolled as first year full-time students in the Culinary Academy of South Dakota or Agronomy programs, with second choice being Ag Business, Animal Science or Precision Technology Applicants must complete the MTC current student online application during the open enrollment period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Award considerations include academic performance, financial need, responses to essay questions and recommendations from instructors. Ag award preference would be to someone who comes from or has plans to go into production agriculture, specifically wheat production Culinary Academy of South Dakota award preference would be students interested in the baking side of the program



South Dakota Assoc. of Cooperatives Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 2013.
Agricultural Business
Animal Science
Business Management
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled at MTC in one of the programs mentioned Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship First priority will be given to students with ties to a SDAC member cooperative Essay responses will be a large part of the recipient decision

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For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

fax: 605.995.3067
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