Fred Eberle Technical Center program prepares students to become successful electricians
BUCKHANNON – Local homeowners know how valuable a good electrician can be, and the Fred Eberle Technical Center helps prepare students for local success.
Robert Lowther, the FETC electrical engineer instructor, said the program primarily serves juniors and seniors.
“Students learn residential wiring, motor control, and the National Electrical Code. By the end of the program, they should be able to take their journeyman’s electrician test,” Lowther said. “All students who go through the program are allowed to take their journeyman or apprentice test, depending on the criteria.”
Electrician jobs are currently in demand, which makes the program a sought-after program.
“There’s a lot of demand for electricians and lots of opportunities for students,” Lowther said. “Most of our students find work in the three-district region. It’s fun to work when you like a different challenge every day. “
Students who are not necessarily looking for a job as an electrician will continue to benefit from completing the FETC electrical engineering program.
“It can be used in their personal life as well,” Lowther said. “Students learn more than enough to wire their own homes or attend to their electrical problems. It can be carried over to other areas – completers can use what they have learned in diagnostics for basic components on automobiles or four-wheel drive vehicles. “
Zach Roberts is a senior from Buckhannon-Upshur High School enrolled in the FETC’s electrical engineering program. He hopes to use the experience and knowledge he has learned in the FETC program to obtain his electrician’s license.
“After completing the electrical engineer program, I hope to take my test and get my electrician’s license,” said Zach, adding that he plans to work in residential electricity.
He encouraged others to consider courses at FETC.
“Even if you don’t go into the electric field, this information is valuable,” said Zach. “If you have a problem in your home, you can fix it yourself.”
While on the FETC electrical engineer program, Zach said he worked with timers and relays and learned to wire switches. It can now also fix many electrical problems.
“I learned a lot and it was a lot of fun,” said Zach, adding that he also earned an embedded math credit during the course. “The math credit helps with the math side of electricity, which is a big part. Since the lessons are two hours long, it helps me to earn a math credit while studying so that I can also complete my required subjects. “