Plug into opportunity with a career as an electrician

Electrician

Charge up your future with a career as an 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.

About the Program

Jackson College offers both an associate degree and a certificate to become an electrician. 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 a good basic understanding of what is going to happen and why is important.

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.

About the Career

Demand for electricians is expected to increase by about 8.9 percent over the next several years in Michigan. Average wages start at about $33,920 and may range up to $76,000, depending on location and experience.

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 journey electricians, necessary to work on one’s own. With further experience and passage of an exam, they may become master electricians.