Students complete multiple projects in the residential wiring lab. Each project gets progressively more difficult and often cover multiple topics.
Projects typically include, but are not limited to, the following:
Single Pole Installation
Usually the first and easiest task - a single control of a light or light switch. Students learn how to make an electrical component (i.e. a switch) break an electrical circuit, which interrupts the current and causes it to divert from one conductor to another (i.e. the light bulb)
Photocell and Motion Controls
Students learn about some more recent innovations of home wiring: motion control. Photocell control is essentially turning on an electrical switch when sun light is detected; Motion control turns on a switch when movement is detected.
Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI)
One of the leading causes of electrical fires in the country is faults in the electrical arc. Students learn how to install an AFCI circuit breaker; this type of breaker is intended to detect any unintential electrical arcs that can cause fires. Students learn how to create a breaker that can tell the difference between a harmless arcs and arcs that can lead to fires. Once installed properly, the AFCI will be able to disconect power before a fire occurs.