High School Diploma - Building Technology: Electrical

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Are you seeking an education that could reward you with a high school diploma while also providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to seek work as an electrician? If so, then you might consider Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Electrical program. Learn more about this diploma program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

After becoming a student of Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Electrical program, you will take courses designed to help you develop an understanding of electrical codes, equipment, and practices. In the concentration courses, you'll learn how to read blueprints and wiring diagrams, install lighting and other electrical apparatuses, and identify different types of wires and conductors. You'll also become familiar with national electrical codes and what is expected of an apprentice electrician. Other required courses must be taken in English and reading, math, science, social sciences, and health.

What Are the Prerequisites?

It could be helpful to have strong analytical and problem-solving skills and a desire to work with your hands before entering Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Electrical program. As an applicant to Penn Foster High School, you must be at least 14 years old and have completed Grade 8.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Once enrolled in Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Electrical program, you will be required to complete 16 general education courses, five courses in the area of concentration, and an orientation course. A total of 21.5 credits must be earned to successfully complete this program. Course requirements could be different if you are transferring credits.

English and Reading

  • Basic English
  • Reading Skills
  • Practical English
  • Written Communication
  • Literature

Social Sciences

  • Human Relations
  • American History
  • World Geography
  • Civics

Science

  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science

Math

  • General Math
  • General Math II
  • Consumer Math

Health

  • Fitness and Nutrition

Electrical Electives

  • Practices for the Apprentice Electrician
  • Electrical Components, Conductors, and Wiring
  • Lighting, Heating, and Climate Control
  • Blueprint and Schematic Diagram Interpretation
  • National Electrical Code® (NEC®)

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have completed Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Electrical program, you could explore entry-level opportunities in the field. You could work as an apprentice electrician for a self-employed electrician or possibly in a corporate setting. You could assist master electricians with troubleshooting electrical problems, making repairs, or installing electrical equipment or accessories.

Advanced Education

You could choose to further your studies after completing Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Electrical program. Your electrical electives are transferable to the Penn Foster Career School Residential Electrician Career Diploma. You could also continue your education in a two-year associate degree program. Associate's degrees you could pursue include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology