Electrical Installation and Maintenance Technology

Student working on an electrical outlet

Important Notice:

Due to overwhelming interest in our EIMT program, admissions will be temporarily paused. We will not be intaking any new students for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 semesters. Please check the website frequently for updates. We are still admitting students into other programs. If you are interested and would like to speak with us about options, please contact us at: (808) 845-9162 or honcouns@hawaii.edu.

Program Mission

The Electrical Installation & Maintenance Technology program's mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the electrical industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description

The curriculum is designed to prepare students with entry level knowledge and manipulative skills for employment in the electrical industry. The program combines theory with laboratory activities as an effective means of developing the skills essential to the electrical trade.

The student begins with the fundamentals of electricity and wiring of simple circuits, then progresses to residential interior wiring, three phase alternating current power, and wiring of more complex circuits and equipment. Safety is stressed as an integral part of each shop task. Emphasis is placed on wiring in accordance with the provisions contained in the National Electrical Code.

Program Prerequisites

  • MATH 50 OR Placement into MATH 150 higher

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on total credits taken.
  • The cost for textbooks is approximately $350. Required hand tools cost approximately $300.

Upon successful completion of the EIMT program, students will be able to:

  • Work independently and inter-dependently on a construction and/or maintenance project meeting industry standards.
  • Comply with published electrical codes and safety standards.
  • Select and order appropriate electrical parts (materials) based on blueprints and drawings.
  • Calculate electrical circuit loads and design/draw the electrical circuits.
  • Install electrical systems/equipment in new construction under supervision of a journey person.
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and conduct routine maintenance of electrical systems/equipment.

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills


Apply theories and principles for proper installation, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of electrical components and systems.


  • Read the National Electrical Code, diagrams, tables, charts and graphs.
  • Read residential, commercial, and industrial blueprints, schematics and wiring diagrams.
  • Take measurements and do conversions.
  • Measure and calculate electrical values.
  • Interpret readings on analog and digital meters, oscilloscopes, tape rules, and other measurement devices.
  • Identify names and functions of residential, commercial and industrial wiring circuits and systems.
  • Explain operating characteristics and control of AC and DC machinery.
  • Identify tools and materials.
  • Memorize safety procedures.
  • Inspect and test electrical components and systems.
  • Recognize indicators of malfunctions.
  • Draw conclusions based on a review of findings.
  • Formulate service or repair plan.
  • Perform electrical work according to National Electrical Code requirements.

Sensory/Observation Skills


Use sensory cues to conduct inspections and tests to determine root causes of failures and respond properly.


  • Take readings with analog and digital meters, oscilloscopes, tape rulers and other measuring devices.
  • Distinguish identifying colors of wires, push buttons, indicating lights, and other objects.
  • Recognize and compare shapes and forms of objects.
  • Detect and respond to warning indicators of malfunctions.
  • Judge distance and spatial relationships of objects.
  • Detect and respond to sensory cues that indicate problems.
  • Select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for installation, maintenance and repairs.

Motor Skills


Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely perform electrical work.


  • Operate necessary tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Remove and replace failed components and small parts.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and supplies as necessary.

Communication Skills


Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Document work accurately.

Behavioral Skills


Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.


  • Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance


Function safely in an electrical shop environment.


  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Heat, dust, and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting, Noise

When do the classes start?

Classes for new students begin only in the Fall semester. If you start in the Spring semester, you will be taking your support classes such as Math, English and other general education requirements.

How long will I have to wait to get into the program?

Because there is such a high demand for this training, students typically end up waiting 2-3 years before they can actually start the electrical classes.

Can I be placed on a waitlist to get into the program?

There is no waitlist. Entry is based on the number of credit hours you have completed at Honolulu CC in addition to credits that have been accepted as transfer credits to Honolulu CC. The total of these credit hours determine when you will register, so the higher this total, the earlier you will register.

Will you accept credits from other campuses?

We will accept credits from other campuses but only credits that are applicable for the program. If you would like to transfer credits to Honolulu CC, you will need to submit a "Transfer Evaluation Request Form", which can be obtained from the Records Office and have your official transcripts sent to our Records Office. If you would like to transfer credits from a college within the University of Hawaiʻi system, you will only need to submit a "Transfer Evaluation Request Form" because your transcript can be viewed on-line by the evaluator.

Will completing the program at Honolulu CC help me get into the Electrical Union?

No. However, once you are accepted into the Union, your degree at Honolulu CC will be counted as classroom hours in the apprenticeship program as you work towards your journey workers license.

How many Electrical Unions are there on Oʻahu?

There are four electrical unions on Oʻahu. The IBEW Local 1186 represents alarm and signal, cable television, electrical equipment services, government, construction electricians, marine, sound and public access, and radio-television service workers. IBEW Local 1260 represents utility workers (i.e. HECO and Maui Electric). IBEW Local 1357 represents telephone workers. The HEW (Hawaiʻi Electrical Workers) is a division of the Laborer's Internation and represents some construction electricians.

What kind of electrical work will the program prepare me for?

After completing the program, you can choose a career as a construction electrician or a maintenance electrician. Program graduates are also employed as electrical workers by Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, Kauai Electric, Hawaiian Telecom, Oceanic Cable, Hotels, City & County of Honolulu, State of Hawaiʻi and the Federal Government.

What is the difference between a construction electrician and a maintenance electrician?

A construction electrician installs residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems. A maintenance electrician keeps the electrical systems and equipment in good working order after they have been installed.

Is there an advantage to completing the electrical program at Honolulu CC instead of directly entering the Electrical Union?

The advantage is that oftentimes the unions, private or government employers may recruit for apprentices through Honolulu CC because students already have the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform entry level work.

Are there any evening classes?

No. All electrical classes are offered only during the day.

What kind of degree can I get after I complete the program?

You can earn either a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate of Applied Science degree.

What is the difference between a Certificate and an Associate degree?

The difference is the number of credits required for each. The Associate degree requires an additional Math class, English class and three general education classes for a total of 16 additional credits.

How long will it take for me to earn an Associate degree?

It will take two years once you start the electrical classes.

Will I be able to finish the Certificate in a shorter time since I will be taking less credits?

No. It will still take two years. Electrical classes cannot be combined. They must be taken in the order it is offered because the classes are progressive and build on the prior semester classes.

Can I get a Certificate of Achievement and then later come back to get my Associate in Applied Science degree?

Yes. Many students get their Certificate, go to work for a few years and then return to complete the additional credits to earn their Associate degree.

Do my credits expire after a specified number of years?

No. Your credits never expire but the program requirements may change over the years.

What kind of tools will I need to buy for the program?

Your instructor will give you a tool list when you start. The approximate cost which includes books is approximately $650.