Plug into opportunity with career as electrician
Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures in homes, businesses, industries, external structures and more. Electricians work in residential, industrial and commercial settings.
Jackson College offers both an associate degree and certificate to become an electrician, and a concentration in electrical basics. All electricians start with a basic knowledge of electricity and current, the physics and characteristics of it. When working with electricity, one doesn’t actually see the power, so it’s important to have a good basic understanding of what is going to happen and why.
Students learn the basics of circuit analysis; electronics; residential, commercial and industrial wiring; troubleshooting; electrical motors and controls; the Electrician’s National Code and more. “Students are both learning and doing at the same time. We get hands-on, with a lot of troubleshooting, which is what students will have to do when they are on the job,” said Joseph Smith, instructor and master electrician, contractor and electrical inspector.
Demand for electricians is expected to increase about 14 percent over the next several years. Average wages are about $62,483 per year, and range from $35,930-$74,989.
To become an electrician, one must complete at least four years as an apprentice, with at least 8,000 hours of practical experience. Classroom time does count toward the apprenticeship, as the state mandates necessary classes.
After the apprenticeship, they may take an exam to become journeyman electricians, necessary to work on one’s own. With further experience and passage of an exam, they may become master electricians.