Electrical Technology AAS

Program Overview

Electrical Technology Students in hands on training MSU-Northern's Electrical Technology program is the only program in the state to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in conjunction with State of Montana Apprenticeship program. With an electrical technology degree, students will be prepared for an electrician career as they will be an apprentice electrician.

  • Earn an associate's degree in electrical technology and gain valuable skills and experience that will give you an advantage in this highly competitive field of work.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to get the academic and practical hand-on electrical training in the electrical technology program that, before now, could only be gained by being employed as an apprentice working under a licensed Master Electrician.
  • Make the most of the electrical technology program at MSU-N, which is designed to give you the education you need to start a rewarding career in one of the most necessary and fastest growing industries in the world.

Associates in Electrical Technology: Alternative to Traditional Electrician Training

The electrical technology program at Montana State University-Northern is the only program of its kind in Montana. In alliance with the State of Montana Apprenticeship program approved on-the-job (OTJ) hours toward your apprenticeship, graduates of the electrical technology program will be well prepared with the skills necessary to become successful in the versatile field.

  • Take between 66 and 68 total credits of coursework made up of general requirements and a wide variety of electrical courses.
  • Fulfill a major portion of the academic requirements of the electrical apprenticeship program – an electrical technology degree from MSU-N may count for up to 3000 hours of an 8000 hour apprenticeship program.
  • Integrate theory and application of today's electrical materials, technology, and the National Electric Code installation practices in MSU-N's electrical technology program.

Electrical Technology Faculty: Helping Students Achieve Career Training

  • Be inspired by the electrical technology faculty at MSU-Northern, which takes pride in their one-of-a-kind program and is actively involved in the academic lives of their students.
  • Work side-by-side with the Electrical Advisory Board, which consists of prominent electricians engaged in the trade, along with key members of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Apprenticeship and Training Program, and training officers from the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers).

Electrical Technology Classes: In-class Fundamentals. On-the-job Experience.

Electrical Fundamentals – Develop a solid understanding of day-to-day tasks electricians perform including wiring, planning, design, estimating, and working within code requirements in the electrical technology program.

Current Technology – Stay up to date in software and digital tools used in modern electrician training.

Hands-on Experience – Go beyond the classroom and gain valuable on-the-job training under skilled electricians.

Employment Basics – Learn the communication and math skills that are a fundamental part of not only electrician jobs, but any other career, too.

Electrical Technology Career Outlook

Earning an electrical technology degree from MSU-Northern will provide its graduates the skills and experience needed to enter the electrical industry. The large industry employs more than 700,000 people in the United States and play an important role in rural and urban development. Job opportunities for electricians are expected to grow. Numerous openings will arise each year as construction needs continue and experienced electricians retire from the occupation. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that employment of electricians will grow faster than the average of all occupations through the year 2020.

Job Opportunities

  • Residential Wiring Electrician
  • Commercial Electrician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Sales Rep. for Electrical Distributor
  • Power Company employee
  • Telephone Company employee
  • Engineering firm assistant
  • Consultant work
  • Job Estimator
  • Start your own business!


James Kirkpatrick
   Office: Brockmann Center 207
   Phone: (406) 265-4164

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   Office: Brockmann Center 209A
   Phone: (406) 265-4123