The School of Electrical Technology
People nowadays are more dependent on electricity and electronic technology than ever before. Electrical- and electronic technology are so greatly interwoven in the infrastructure of the society that hardly any operation or business activity can function without them for any period of time.
The School of Electrical Technology offers study programmes in five electrical trades:
- Electro technics
- Electro-mechanic technics
- Electric distribution technics
- Electronic engineering
- Sound engineering
- Telephone engineering.
Instruction of electrical technology according to the new National Curriculum Guide started in the autumn of 2006. Students who started their studies prior to this will finish their studies following an older curriculum.
The arrangement of the study
The study of electrical technology is organised in terms of the final objectives that reflect the demands for knowledge and competence of journeymen of the various professions in the electrical trades. Basic study in the electrical trades is 80 credit units and takes an average of four semesters in school. To be enrolled, students must have completed compulsory education according to the National Curriculum Guide and passed the nationally co-ordinated examinations in Icelandic and mathematics according to the provisions of Article 2 of the Act on Requirements for Enrolment in an Upper Secondary School.
Students who are enrolled in specialised study programme for a journeyman's examination in electronic engineering, electric distribution technics, electro-mechanic technics and electro technics have to have completed the basic study in electrical technology. The study for a journeyman's examination in the electrical trades takes an average of four years and is divided into studies at school and practical training in a workplace. The study programme may be organised in either of the following two ways:
- School based vocational study with an average of seven semesters in school, including the basic study, and 24 weeks of practical training.
- Contractual vocational study with an average of six semesters in school, including the basic study, and 48 weeks of practical training.
In electro technics and electro-mechanic technics the student can decide which way he chooses to follow. In electric distribution technics the students are required to enter the contractual vocational study and in electronic engineering the students follow the school based vocational study.
There is considerable overlapping in the professions of electric distribution technics, electro-mechanic technics and electro technics and therefore these study programs have a great deal of joint courses. The specialisation of each subject takes place in the final semester of the study programme as well as during the practical training at the workplace. This makes it easier for a journeyman in one field to obtain certification in another field of strong current, than before.
All practical training pertains to the provisions of the current regulation on study contracts and practical training.