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Journey-level Class Descriptions


This class is truly the next frontier in “Green Energy Solutions” and is necessary for all electricians who want to participate in this future boom. This class will train you to correctly select, design, and install energy-efficient and cost-effective commercial, residential, and industrial lighting systems. Successful completion of this class will earn you the certification required to work on these projects in the future. A mandatory online preparation assignment is a prerequisite for this class and must be completed prior to beginning this class. 


 Initial: Required for all electricians who may disturb small amounts of asbestos during the normal course of their work. Provides training in recognizing asbestos, required regulations concerning possible contact, potential health effects, personal protection, and methods of abatement. Successful completion of this class earns a one-year certificate. Note: This course does not qualify or certify for asbestos abatement work. 


This course is a step-by-step walk-through of the Bluebeam Revu Extreme software. Students will utilize a state-of-the-art computer lab setting to progress from fundamental concepts to advanced techniques. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate in real-time on simulated projects that culminate with a final hands-on demonstration of skill. This course is intended to help students become qualified users of the software.


This course is based on the ETA curriculum for residential and commercial plan reading. The course covers the fundamentals of blueprints and how they are drawn, which is immediately followed by analyzing and laying out circuits. The learner is also introduced to job cost and how to perform a takeoff, blueprint specifications, schedules, component location, and blueprint systems integration.


This course combines the ETA curriculum for industrial plan reading and an introduction to Bluebeam Revu Extreme software. The brief introduction to Bluebeam is intended to help students become proficient users of the software.


Students who pass this 16-hour class will receive the necessary training required to safely operate an aerial ‘Boom’ lift. The two-day course has one day of formal classroom instruction, one day of ‘boom’ operation, and covers everything from OSHA regulations to proper operation of the equipment. To successfully complete this course, students must demonstrate written and practical competence in the safe operation of aerial boom lifts.


This course instructs the proper cable pulling techniques using state-of-the-art equipment. Both hand and power pulling methods are covered. 


Students completing this course will learn how to properly navigate. The testing procedures include how to fill out the necessary forms to ensure that installations meet Title 24 guidelines. The 60 Hour Advanced Lighting Control class must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in this course.


 This course is based on the ETA curriculum for hand-bending. Beginning with an introduction to the necessary math, students are taught the safe use of hand benders via classroom lectures and hands-on lab time. Students will learn to fabricate 90° stubs, back-to-back bends, offsets, and kicks, and 3- and 4-bend saddles. The class culminates with a final hands-on demonstration of skill.


Included in this lab/lecture class are the hands-on experience and layout fundamentals for 1 ½” through 4” rigid, IMC, and EMT conduit with the use of electric and hydraulic bending equipment. Pre-requisite: Conduit Bending Basics


This course is based on the ETA curriculum for mechanical and hydraulic bending. This course covers layout fundamentals for 1 ½” to 4” rigid, IMC, and EMT conduits with the use of electric and hydraulic bending equipment. Students will learn safe threading techniques, the push-through method of bending, and how to fabricate segmented bends. The class culminates with a final hands-on demonstration of skill.


After completing this class, the student will be able to recognize the nature of the potential hazards they can be exposed to while working in or near areas classified as confined spaces. Students will learn the proper actions to take when exposed to confined space hazards, how to protect themselves and their co-workers from hazards associated with confined spaces, and the proper steps to take in confined space emergencies.


This class will give the student a basic understanding of scissor lift safety, forklift safety, power layout and distribution, and wiring of convention center booths and displays. A great class to have under your belt before taking that first Convention Center call.


This course is based on the ETA curriculum for the residential, commercial, public, and fleet electric vehicle charging markets. The class addresses the requirements, regulations, products, and strategies which will enable contractors and electricians to master safe and professional customer relations, installation, and maintenance of Electric Vehicle (EV) and PlugIn Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) infrastructure. This certification is recommended by vehicle manufacturers to perform EV and PHEV installations. 


This course is based on the ETA curriculum for access control system design and installation. The class begins with an introduction to the fundamental elements of an access control system (devices, credential types, electric locks, etc.) and concludes with an in-depth look at system design and programming. During hands-on labs, students will install, program, and troubleshoot a fully realized access control system on a state-of-the-art mobile board created here at the ETI. 


This course is based on the ETA curriculum that introduces several methods of storing electrical energy for later use. Topics covered include the safe installation of battery storage systems using lead-acid and lithium-ion battery chemistries as well as assembly, testing, commissioning, maintenance, repair, retrofitting, and decommissioning of those systems. ESAMTAC consists of two courses and related credentials. The Primary course develops knowledge and skills with an emphasis on energy storage and microgrid components. This course culminates in an exam that is administered on a computer. Students must pass the exam with a grade of 80% or higher to receive the Registered Installer documentation.


Introductory course prepared to assist people now engaged in field supervision, or who plan to be in the future. Students will learn the very basics to estimate and price electrical changes and additions to the original scope of work, including preparing takeoffs, using, and adjusting labor units, material pricing, and computer estimating. Submittal and shop drawing analysis, change orders, back charges, effects of overtime on productivity, and effects of scheduling are also covered. 


This course is based on the ETA curriculum for fire alarm system design and installation. Students are given a basic introduction to fire alarm system components and the National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code (NFPA 72) and complete the class with an understanding of the design, installation, and inspection requirements for both residential and commercial installations. During hands-on labs, students will plan, install, and troubleshoot a fully realized fire alarm system according to local codes and specifications. 


This course is designed to prepare electrical workers to take and pass the State of California’s Fire and Life Safety Technician licensing exam. The class covers related articles in the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) and the National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code (NFPA 72) as well as test-taking tips, keywords, and a brief overview of fire alarm system fundamentals. 


This class offers a Medic First Aid certification for adult CPR and first aid which is valid for two (2) years. This course culminates in a hands-on assessment of necessary skills such as chest compressions, proper use of an AED, and adherence to local Good Samaritan laws. 


Prepares students to take the Fiber Optic Association Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) exam. The CFOT exam is based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities deemed necessary for all technicians involved in the installation of fiber optic networks and is recommended for anyone involved in the design and/or management of fiber optic communications systems. CFOTs have a general knowledge of fiber optics that can be applied to almost any application. 


This class is for those individuals who are now in supervision or plan to be. Topics cover safety, contracts, scheduling, estimating, stewardship, harassment, dispatch procedures, and leadership skills. 


This course is designed to prepare electrical workers to take and pass the State of California’s General Electrician licensing exam. This class covers related articles in the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), test-taking tips, keywords, and question breakdown by topic.


This course is based on the ETA curriculum for grounding and bonding and covers the fundamental concepts. The course begins with an overview of circuit basics and walks them through bonding requirements, the grounding electrode system, and equipment grounding conductors. 


This course is based on the ETA curriculum for grounding in separate buildings and structures, the grounding of electrical systems, grounding for separately derived systems, and special occupancies and equipment. Students will delve deep into the National Electrical Code in class and get hands-on time with exothermic welding labs.


This very extensive comprehensive 44-week course educates the Journey-level worker on high voltage theory while focusing on the hands-on skill of properly splicing and terminating different types of 5 and 15kV cables, insulations, and shielding. The wide assortment of termination and splice kits currently available are taught including heat shrink, cold shrink, gel, and molded products. The entire process is covered from proper cable preparation to testing, fault locating, and testing instrument troubleshooting. Successful completion of this course prepares the student for the National Cable Splicing Board Certification, and an Executive Board request for an upgrade of your IBEW Local 11 classification. 


This course introduces the skills needed to be successful in the industrial workplace. Topics include techniques to properly cut, thread, bend and install rigid conduits, knot tying, and safety protocols in industrial environments. Also included is coursework on the NEC with an emphasis on Articles 500 through 505, which contain code requirements for electrical installations in hazardous locations.

INSTRUMENTATION (LEVEL 1): A theoretical course designed to teach calibration methods and techniques. Topics covered include flow, temperature, pressure, and level monitoring, as well as a close look at the operation and fundamentals of process switches, indicators, transmitters, and recorders. Students must pass the exam with a grade of 80% or higher to receive the EPRI Level 1 certification.


This course emphasizes the lab work necessary to learn calibration wiring and testing necessary for a variety of process systems and insure a safe start-up procedure. Troubleshooting techniques and maintenance knowledge are incorporated into these very hands-on classes. Completion of this course prepares the student to take the EPRI Level 2 exam, and when satisfactorily completed, will receive the full EPRI Certification which qualifies the holder to accept Instrumentation Technician requests from the Local 11 Dispatch office. Prerequisite:  EPRI Level 1 Certification.


Completion of this class will give the student new confidence in being able to safely rig, sling, and set medium to large distribution equipment into place. Must have skills for anyone on the single-line crew. 


This class covers Cal OSHA safety requirements and emphasizes safety training for the electrical trade. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued a Local 11 LA QSP certificate and an OSHA 30 card with a Cal OSHA endorsement. 


This course is based on the ETA curriculum for manual, mechanically, and automatically operated control devices. The class introduces students to the basics of motor control, including ladder diagrams, control components, motor starters, pilot lights, and over-current protection.


This course is based on the ETA curriculum for complex motor control devices, including semiconductor sensors, solid-state relays, and AC motor speed control. Hands-on lab time will be spent on creating wiring diagrams that each student will reference to wire up a fully operational motor control center.


Learn the very effective and proper use of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) with numerous methods and shortcuts. All articles of the 2017 NEC are covered with an emphasis on the codes which frequently apply to commercial installations. 

NFPA 70E: 

This course is intended to introduce NFPA 70E to workers exposed to the hazards associated with working with and around electrical distribution systems.  While OSHA regulations specify what measures must be taken to protect employees from electrical hazards, NFPA 70E outlines the recommended electrical practices and procedures needed to comply with OSHA’s standards.  This course will address what safety-related work practices and procedures electrical employees should understand to avoid electrical tragedies on the job. Students will participate in a lab that includes arc fault PPE to simulate working safely on circuits. 


This course introduces the students to the design of PV systems, beginning with the fundamentals: system components, cells, batteries, and inverters. By the end of the class, students will examine the electrical codes and regulations applicable to PV installations, including grounding methods and types of disconnects.


This course covers the latest in the new “Green Technology” of Solar Power Production with an emphasis on hands-on skill training.  Areas covered include site evaluation, system sizing, roof mounting methods, system installation, inverter wiring, operation, testing, monitoring, metering, and troubleshooting. 


A review and test covering photovoltaic installation and design.  Successful passing of this exam earns Statewide Certification to allow working on these solar power generating systems. 


Learn the proper tying and application of many useful knots.  Additionally, learn the proper rigging methods to safely lift, move and set electrical equipment, as well as the proper hand signals to use during this process. 

REFINERY SAFETY ORIENTATION (RSO) – This 3-day training is provided by OSCA and as of July 2018, it is required to work on refinery job sites. The training is broken down into the following three areas:

  1. Principles of Petroleum Refining (4 Hours) - Students will explore the critical role refining plays in unleashing the potential of a barrel of crude oil and turning it into the specially formulated product that we rely on every day. These products include gasoline, agricultural chemicals, heating oil, plastics, and even prescription medicines. The training will also cover basic refining streams and unit configurations. Also covered will be hazards inherent to high-hazard facilities and common emergency response processes. A section of the training will explain refining culture as it may differ from other industry sectors. An introduction to common refining terminology will be covered.

  2. Refinery Safety Overview (RSO)(8 Hours) - Students will learn the basic safety principles associated with working in High Hazard Facilities. To include Overview of Personal Requirements for Refineries Hazard Management and Risk tolerance Hazard Communication Emergency Action Plans Toxicology Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for working in a refinery Respiratory Protection Hearing Conservation Energy Control (Lockout/Tagout) Confined Space Prevention of Heat Stress Refinery Safe Work Practices Refinery Process Overview Process Safety Management.

  3. Safety as it Pertains to Crafts (8 Hours) - Students will learn about examples of specific interdependencies and relationships of trades for work being performed in the field. Examples will include stacked work, dissimilar trades in direct proximity with each other, dissimilar risks associated with trade types (i.e., electrical energy, product energy, radiation, potential falling objects, etc.) job sequencing, and barricading.


This course covers the ETA curriculum for intrusion detection. Fundamental concepts such as terminology and system components are covered, along with more advanced topics like system planning and design. The hands-on labs cover the installation, use, and troubleshooting of various system components.  


This class will provide the student with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully navigate the world of service and distribution. The student will have formal classroom instruction, hands-on training on electrical service and distribution systems, and proper application of NEC Article 230 as it relates to these installations.  Students will learn how to calculate the primary and secondary current of transformers, separately derived systems, and how to size the primary and secondary conductors, the grounding electrode conductor, the system bonding jumper, and the supply side bonding conductor. Also included is training on fully rated and series rated systems and how they relate to properly engineered overcurrent protective systems. 


Students taking this course will participate in real-life case studies and discuss if harassment occurred and, if so, how to respond. After completing this course, students will understand the enormous risk to which you are subjecting yourself if you are knowingly or unknowingly the harasser and the enormous risk to which you are subjecting yourself and your company if you ignore signs of harassment, or if you treat a complaint lightly. 


In this course, students will learn about the changes from the previous edition to the current edition of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70). Emphasis is placed on those sections of the code that are most relevant to commercial installations. 


 This course is designed to provide the foundation for a deeper understanding of the theory behind and applications of Structured Cabling Systems. Hands-on labs will further enforce the concepts learned as the students terminate, troubleshoot, and certify their installations. The goal of this course is for the student to explore and successfully demonstrate the techniques necessary to plan, install, and terminate a Voice-Data-Video system that meets industry standards of performance.


Learn the proper methods to lay out, terminate, and interconnect to a telephone service provider. This hands-on lab emphasizes terminal station, multi-pair distribution, and PBX station wiring using M-66 and 110 blocks and individual RJ-11 jacks. Proper color coding and backboard layout methods are also included.


This course covers the ETA curriculum for transformers, which includes fundamental concepts of electrical safety, magnetism and electromagnetism, and basic operation principles. By the end of the course, students will be able to describe the components of a transformer, its uses, and how to work safely with them.


This course provides the student with a comprehensive knowledge of transformer types and their various applications. Interpretation of sizing, the theory of operation, proper handling and installation, calculations for feeders, and overcurrent protection for both the primary and secondary sides are emphasized. NEC Article 450 is thoroughly reviewed along with those sections of Article 250 which apply.


This course is designed to prepare electrical workers to take and pass the State of California’s Voice-Date-Video Technician licensing exam. The class covers related articles in the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), an overview of structured cabling and electrical theory concepts, as well as test-taking tips and keywords.


This course covers the ETA curriculum on intelligent network video design and installation. Beginning with the history of analog video, students will learn the basics of surveillance components before finishing with IP concepts and intelligent video system design considerations. Students will utilize hands-on lab time to plan, install and troubleshoot a fully functioning intelligent video surveillance system complete with video management equipment.


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