TAEL-275: Residential Wiring

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Electrical
Course Number
Course Title
Residential Wiring
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
TAEL-103: DC & AC Theory
Catalog Course Description

Course explores the history and fundamentals of residential wiring including the inspectors perspective, and the aspects of the National Electrical Code (NEC) that apply to residential construction and repairs. Electrical supplies, hardware and their associated wiring techniques for residential applications are explained. The method of instruction is classroom lecture utilizing PowerPoint.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction to Residential Wiring and the National Electric Code
  2. Branch circuits and feeders.
  3. General lighting branch circuits.
  4. Small appliance circuits.
  5. Speciality circuits.
  6. Calculations for branch circuits and feeders.
  7. Services & grounding.
  8. Feeder panels.
  9. Service calculations (including short-circuit calculations).
  10. Wiring heating units and air conditioning.
  11. Wiring motors and transformers.
  12. Low voltage wiring.
  13. Wiring garages, outbuildings, swimming pools and spas.
  14. Putting it all together & estimating.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Explain the significance of the National Electrical Code and how it governs electrical work.
  2. Describe branch and feeder circuits.
  3. Calculate branch and feeder currents.
  4. Describe proper installation of lighting fixtures and receptacles.
  5. Describe proper installation of small appliance circuits.
  6. Describe proper installation of specialty circuits.
  7. Describe a proper service installation and explain the grounding of the service.
  8. Explain proper installation of heating and air conditioning circuits.
  9. Explain proper installation of motors and transformers.
  10. Explain proper installation of low voltage wiring.
  11. Explain proper wiring of garages, outbuildings, swimming pools, and spas.
  12. Estimate the cost of an electrical wiring project.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Tests will be given throughout the semester. Tests represent 30% of the course grade.
  2. A mid-term exam will be given which will represent 30% of the course grade.
  3. A final exam will be given which will represent 40% of the course grade.

Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date