Electrical Technology Leading into the Future

Its never too late to switch careers, just ask Dave Clark. An Indiana native, Dave was already a licensed general contractor but had never received his certification. When his position as a heavy equipment mechanic with Wilson Excavation ended Dave took the opportunity to pursue a degree through the W.I.A. program for dislocated workers at Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC). He chose Electrical Technology at MCTCs Rowan Campus. Now nearing his 55th birthday, Dave has a unique perspective on education and what it means to work hard.

Having worked for most of his life, he likes to tell his fellow classmates, Going to college is the easiest job you will ever get and the best tool you will ever buy. However, Dave is the first to say that the Electrical Technology program is anything but easy. Under the direction of Brandin Perkins, students study various subjects including basic electricity and electronics, electrical construction, motor controls and, of course, Daves favorite, programmable logic controllers or PLCs.

They are so efficient, Dave says. PLCs can be controlled from pretty much anywhere.

Brandin Perkins, Associate Professor and Coordinator for Electrical Technology at MCTCs Rowan, has a lot in common with Dave; not much misses his attention. Thats a good thing because the electrical field demands a lot of expertise and attention to detail. Perkins, a Morehead native, has directed the program since 2003.

Perkins enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after graduating from high school. After serving for six years, he began studying at Morehead State University (MSU) for a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Electricity and Electronics. In May, he will complete a Master of Science in Industrial Technology from MSU as well. When asked why he chose to further his education he responds, I wanted a degree that was relevant for todays workforce, for my students.

MCTC offers many options for certificates, diplomas, or the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Electrical Technology. Perkins encourages students to complete the AAS degree, and to even continue on for a bachelor degree. In his words, Students completing a diploma or the AAS degree have the potential to make way more than minimum wage.

If the salary potential of a graduate from MCTCs Electrical Technology program is not enough to boast about, MCTC also has a reciprocity agreement with the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC). Before becoming a licensed electrician an individual must complete two years of education and four years of field experience. To make things simple, DHBC recognizes two years in the Electrical Technology program at MCTC as completing the education component. The hands-on training each student receives counts for one year of the field experience required by DHBC as well.

Students who complete this program can take advantage of the high job placement history. Perkins brags, I have never had a student come back to me after finishing this program and tell me that they could not find a job. Graduates from this program often apprentice to electricians or gain entry-level positions in the fields of electromechanical control circuits and programmable logic controllers, or PLCs, among others.

Take it from Dave, The Electrical Technology program is a little harder to get into than some others. You need high test scores. But Brandin is a great, down to earth guy and Ive learned a lot. He believes the electrical field is the future and has already been offered a couple of job prospects as a student.
For more information about the Electrical Technology program at MCTC contact Brandin Perkins at 606-783-1538 extension 66343, or email him.