Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security Associate of Applied Technology Degree

Changes have been made to the program descriptions. See addendum for details.

Prepares students for positions in the electronic fire/security industry as low voltage electrician apprentices, service technicians, or installers.

Students participate in hands-on training with advanced equipment, techniques, and programming related to burglar alarms, fire alarms, card access, and closed-circuit TV. The program prepares students for careers as alarm-system installers and service technicians.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math), and social sciences (psychology, sociology) that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

The Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security Degree Program is approved as a Limited Energy (06) specialty electrical training program in the state of Washington. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates applying to become a Limited Energy (06) specialty electrician can be credited with 1,815 hours of work experience.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security degree, students will be able to:

  • Apply industrial safety standards at all times.
  • Design an energized system to the specifications of the National Electrical Code.
  • Produce a blueprint of a fire/security system including its wiring diagram.
  • Construct a functioning security alarm system.
  • Construct a functioning closed-circuit television system.
  • Construct a functioning fire alarm system.
  • Integrate biometric devices into existing systems.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (18 credits)

ENGL& 101 English Composition or CMST& 220 (or higher)

Any 100 level math class

PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)

COLL 102 College Success for All

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy, and the capstone project. Students are required to pass seven nationally recognized certification exams during the program. All courses must be completed with a minimum “C” grade to receive the certificate.

Program Length

This degree program is approximately five quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.

Completion Requirements


Successful completion of the Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security certificate, or by instructor’s permission. A mandatory orientation is required before admission to the program.

Program Course List

EFS 105AC/DC Electricity: Basic Theory, Fractions & Ohm's Law


EFS 106AC/DC Electricity: Series Parallel & Combination Circuits


EFS 107AC/DC Electricity: Electrical Power & Power Applications


EFS 108National Electrical Code Print Reading


EFS 109National Alarm Installer Training Program


EFS 110CCTV Application & Design


EFS 118National Electrical Codes


EFS 119National Fire Codes


EFS 121CCTV Field Service & Installation


EFS 124Washington Administrative Codes


EFS 207Addressable Fire SLC Systems/Design


EFS 211Biometrics Access


EFS 216Advanced Voice Evacuation Fire Alarm Systems


EFS 221Fire Codes, NICET, NFPA


EFS 226High Security Structured Cabling


EFS 231CAPCCTV Digital Network Solutions


CMST& 220Public Speaking


Any 100-Level Math Class


PSY 112DIVPsychology of the Workplace


COLL 102College Success for All


Computer Literacy


Total Credit Hours:126

Computer Literacy: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam