Electrical Wiring Technology Students Install Electrical Circuit Breaker Panels

Tri-County’s Electrical Wiring Technology career program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become apprentice electricians or to go on to further their education in electrical engineering or related fields. 

The best way for students to learn about electrical circuits is through hands-on projects in which the circuits are built and used.  Sophomore students in Electrical Wiring Technology were assigned the task of working in teams to learn how to connect a residential electrical circuit breaker panel to the main service wires coming into a house, and also to the individual branch circuits in the home.  The lesson included the students create a wiring diagram and ladder diagram for each circuit and also to prepare a stock list.  

The students were challenged with installing the wires for the various branch circuits into the panel. The branch circuit “HOT” wires are connected to the branch circuit breakers, using the lugs on the breakers. The breakers were carefully chosen to match the required amperage and voltage of the circuits and to meet the Massachusetts Electrical Code requirements.

Real-world projects like these help to give students a head start in developing valuable professional skills such as communications, interpersonal abilities, time management, teamwork and more.