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Electrical Construction & Maintenance - Certificate

The Electrical Construction & Maintenance (ECM) program prepares students to work in building trades with the installation and testing of electrical power distribution and an emphasis placed on residential construction applications. Students are also introduced to commercial applications and building codes. At the successful completion of this one-year program, students will earn the ECM certificate.

A student writes notes in the ECM lab

Students in this Certificate Program:

  • Install wiring systems and equipment in buildings
  • Connect electrical devices in accordance with the NEC (National Electrical Code)
  • Perform routine maintenance on motors and transformers
  • Install motor control circuits

*Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Career Opportunities:

  • Electrical Apprentice
  • Electrician
  • Plant Maintenance Technician
  • Electrical Supply Counter Person and Sales Support Person
  • Electrical/Electronic Assembly Worker
  • Security Systems Sales and Service Representative
  • Power Corporation Service Representative
  • Entrepreneurship

Career Outlook:

The construction industry continues to exhibit a demand for skilled electrical technicians.

Employers of SUNY Canton Graduates:

  • Atlantic Testing
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
  • Novelis
  • Smith Building Supply
  • S&L Electric

Students working on an electrical project

Transfer Opportunities:

Over 50% of the ECM choose to pursue further education full time at:

  • SUNY Canton - AAS degree programs
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Oswego

Admission Requirements:


Semester I Credits

ELEC 171 Elec. Constr. & Maintenance I 7
ELEC 173 Intro. to Nat. Electrical Code 3
MATH 101 Applied College Mathematics 3
SOET 101 Introduction to Computer Usage for Technicians 1

Semester II Credits

ELEC 172 Elec. Constr. & Maintenance II 7
ENGL 101 Composition and The Spoken Word 3
  Sci/Tech Elective 3
  General Elective 3

Those graduates who show sufficient interest and aptitude may qualify for entry into one of the associate degree programs.

*Mathematics levels depend on previous preparation. Students who are unprepared to enter MATH 101 will be required to first complete MATH 099 Foundation of Applied College Mathematics.


While at SUNY Canton students must have completed course ELEC 172 and earn a minimum GPA of 1.75.

Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Paul Todd
Curriculum Coordinator