Susanna Mishler - Instructor
Ms. Mishler is a licensed journeyman wireman in the State of Alaska and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1547. She has worked on numerous residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects in Alaska. She earned Alaska's "New Career Technical Education Teacher of the Year" award in 2020 for her work at King Tech. Ms. Mishler holds an Alaska Type M teaching certificate, a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry. Before becoming an electrician, she managed the education programs at the Imaginarium Science and Discovery Center and developed hands-on science classes at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, where she received a Star Award for public service. Among other things, she has worked as a biological field technician, a sled dog handler, and a poetry teacher.
Grade level 11-12. Successful completion of Algebra I with a "C" or better recommended.
May be taken 3 times with a grade of “C” or better to advance. AM and PM sessions offered
Why take this course?
- Learn wiring from a licensed journeyman electrician
- Use the same tools and equipment as industry professionals
- Build confidence by wiring and troubleshooting real-world circuits and equipment
- Understand how electricity works and best safety practices
- Read blueprints and electrical drawings
- Connect with industry career opportunities, apprenticeships, and training
The Construction Electricity program provides in-depth instruction in the wiring and installation of electrical systems, as well as in the foundational principles of electricity. This program emphasizes shop safety and correct installation of electrical devices and equipment. Students will learn to interpret electrical drawings and to apply requirements of the National Electrical Code for designing electrical layouts, installation methods, and the maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of circuits and equipment. This program has an industry advisory board to keep the program relevant to industry standards and innovation.
Over three semesters of study, students will receive progressively more advanced instruction and hands-on training in the following areas:
- Residential lighting and power branch circuits
- Residential electric services
- DC & AC electrical theory
- Interpreting blueprints & electrical drawings
- Raceway systems & conduit bending
- Motor & control circuits
- Industrial/commercial wiring
- Single & 3-phase electrical power systems
- Photovoltaic system design, installation, and maintenance
- Construction careers and apprenticeship planning
Application of classroom theory is emphasized in shop projects. Students will create completely operational electrical projects in the shop using trade-specific tools and materials. Students will meet and work with a number of industry professionals on and off-campus.
Credits and Certifications
Opportunity for direct entry into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) wireman apprenticeship
Opportunities for industry certifications such as OSHA-10, CPR/First Aid, and CDL permit courses
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