Electrician working

Salary Ranges
(entry level –> experienced)

  • $13.97 – $34.96 (hourly)
  • $29,060 – $72,730 (annual)

The electrical program requires 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8000 hours of on-the-job training.

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures; ensuring that work is in accordance with relevant codes. Electricians may install service streetlights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems along with a variety of other tasks.

Primary skills include: analyze operation of malfunctioning electrical or electronic equipment; bend and install tubing and conduit; install electrical fixtures or components; install electronic power, communication, control, or security equipment or systems; install or replace meters, regulators, or related measuring or control devices; lay out, string and install electrical wiring for buildings, etc.; inspect electrical installation for code conformance; repair or replace electrical wiring, circuits, fixtures, or equipment; use low-voltage and high-voltage apparatus; follow safety procedures; read technical drawings and schematics. Other skills needed to become an electrician include manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance. They also need good color vision because workers frequently must identify electrical wires by color.


1st Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Orientation to the Electrical Trade
  • Basic Communications and Employability Skills
  • Construction Math
  • Basic Safety and Electrical Safety
  • Hand Tools and Power Tools
  • Hand Bending
  • Introduction to Material Handling
  • Basic Rigging
  • Introduction to Electrical Circuits and Electrical Theory
  • Electrical Test Equipment
  • Introduction to the National Electrical Code
  • Raceways, Boxes and Fittings
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Introduction to Construction Specifications
  • Introduction to Construction and Electrical Blueprints
  • Residential Electrical Services
  • Introduction to Green Building
  • 10-hour OSHA Training
  • Basic Principals of Construction – Supplemental
  • Mathematics for Electricians – Supplemental
  • Interpreting the National Electrical Code – Supplemental
  • Electrical Experiments Laboratory Workbook – Supplemental
  • Understanding Construction Drawings – Supplemental

2nd Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Introduction to Alternating Current (AC) Theory
  • Introduction to Inductance
  • Power and the AC Circuit
  • Capacitance
  • Capacitance, Inductive and Resistive Circuits
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Single-Phase Transformers
  • Motors: Theory and Application
  • Three-Phase Alternators
  • Three-Phase AC Circuits
  • Three-Phase AC Motors
  • Single-Phase AC Motors
  • Conduit Bending
  • Pull and Junction Boxes
  • Conductor Installations
  • Cable Tray
  • Conductor Terminations and Splices
  • Electric Service Installation
  • Grounding
  • General Grounding Principals
  • System Grounding
  • Grounding Electrode System
  • Enclosure, Raceway and Service Cable Grounding
  • Over Current Protection One, Two, and Three
  • Circuit Breakers and Fuses
  • Contactors and Relays
  • Lightning Fundamentals
  • CPR and First-Aid Training
  • Electrical Grounding and Bonding Supplemental

3rd Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Load Calculations – Branch Circuits and Multi-Family Dwellings
  • Conductor Selection and Calculations
  • Voltage Drop – AC and DC
  • Intermediate Overcurrent Protection
  • Raceways, Boxes, and Fitting Fill Requirements
  • Wiring Devices
  • NEC and Distribution Equipment
  • Transformers
  • Lamps, Ballasts, and Components
  • Motor Calculations
  • Overload Protections for Motors
  • Disconnects for Motors
  • Distribution Equipment
  • Motor Controllers
  • Voice, Data, and Video Systems
  • Hazardous Locations
  • Hazardous Locations Wiring Methods
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • American Electrician’s Handbook – Supplemental
  • Electrician’s Reference in Motors – Supplemental

4th Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Load Calculations – Feeders and Services
  • Advanced Load Calculations
  • Leadership Class One
  • Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Special Locations
  • Standby and Emergency Systems
  • Generator Installation One and Two
  • UPS and Battery Storage Systems
  • Electronics
  • Introduction to Fire Alarm Systems
  • Specialty Transformers
  • Advanced Controls
  • HVAC Control Systems
  • Heat Tracing and Freeze Protection Systems
  • Welding Machines
  • Motor Operation and Maintenance
  • Medium-Voltage Terminations/Splices
  • How Green Fits in with International Codes
  • Your Role in the Green Environment
  • Construction Scheduling – Supplemental
  • Electrician’s Reference in Motors – Supplemental