Electrical Construction

Eric Sylvain

Instructor: Eric Sylvain

The Instructor

Eric Sylvain is a graduate of Skowhegan Area High School. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Central Maine Community College in Auburn ME. Mr. Sylvain received his Associate Degree in Electro-Mechanical Technology from C.M.C.C. He later passed the State of Maine Journeyman and Master Electrician Licensure Exams. His Master Electrician license is kept current with frequent National Electrical Code update courses.

Mr. Sylvain started his twenty-seven year career as an electrical helper. He soon moved up to a Journeyman electrician and then to an electrical foreman while working for local electrical firms. He gained further experience in the field during a two-year stint with Bath Iron Works as a Marine Electrician. For the last twelve years, he has been a self-employed electrical contractor.

In order to stay current in the field of electricity, Mr. Sylvain does electrical work on a part-time basis, mostly weekends, during the school year. In the summer months, he continues his contracting business full time. This employment enables him to bring new and up-to-date ideas into the classroom.

The Program


In the first year of this two-year program the students learn the basics of the National Electrical Code.  While learning the National Electrical Code students perform related projects in the electrical shop consisting of six common wiring methods and the necessary tools to install the materials.  Concurrent with the practical work is the study of the theory of electricity.

The second-year students continue with advanced studies of the National Electrical Code, and they also receive a blueprint reading course.  Practical projects for these students are:  service entrance equipment, motor starters, motor controls, electric heat Programable Controllers (PLC’S).  Much of the seniors’ time is spent outside the shop on these projects.

Each year the Electrical students wire the houses that are built by the Carpentry students.  In these projects they not only gain the experience of working in new construction but also become aware of the need for cooperation and planning between the different tradesmen  on a job.  Almost all of the permanent wiring in the Technical Center and in the Skowhegan Area High School, both new installation and maintenance, is done by students under the supervision of Mr. Sylvain, their instructor.  Many people around the school, students and teachers alike, are amazed as these students take on an electrical box full of wires, that looks somewhat like a bowl of spaghetti, and hook it all up so it works and looks neat and workmanlike.
In general, electricians enjoy the advantages of higher pay, cleaner work, and not as heavy work as other construction trades.

The Center is particularly proud of its many Electrical Construction graduates.  Two of them surprised everyone when they picked up and took off for Alaska, but the fact that they applied themselves and became very successful was not at all surprising.  Another alumnus was in charge of all of the electricians working for the Cianbro Corporation during construction of the Madison paper mill.  Still another has used his electrical background as a basis for entering the field of electronics. Most importantly, many of them are working throughout Maine in electrical and related jobs where they are highly thought of and valued by their employers.

We are an equal opportunity educator.

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