Electricians generally focus on either construction or maintenance, although many do both. Electricians specializing in construction primarily install wiring systems into factories, businesses and new homes. Electricians specializing in maintenance repair and upgrade existing electrical systems and electrical equipment. All electricians must follow state and local building codes and the National Electrical Code when performing their work.
Hands-on labs account for approximately 50% of program curriculum. There are no formal internships, but many students work in the electrical field while they are attending school. Students that pursue careers in residential wiring can expect entry level pay of $15.00 to $18.00 per hour and as much as $25.00 or more with experience. Most residential work is local. Entry level commercial and industrial electricians can expect an entry level pay of $18.00 to $20.00 per hour to $35.00 and hour or more with experience. Travel is involved in many commercial and industrial jobs. After working for three years under a licensed electrical contractor, students are eligible to take the state electrical licensing exam. Most license holders then start their own business. Continuing education credits are required for all electrical license holders.
Specific Facility, Tools Or Educational Tools Available
There are lab facilities for residential wiring, conduit bending, and industrial motor controls, as well as trainers that are used for theory classes.