Electrical Technology

WHAT DOES AN ELECTRICIAN DO?

If you’re looking for a hands-on, rewarding career that connects to success, consider the electrical technology field. Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures. They also ensure that work meets code specifications. Nearly 80 percent of electricians work in the construction industry or are self-employed, but there are opportunities for electricians in other industries as well.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

The program will prepare you for work in electrical construction and maintenance.  Instruction includes safety, electrical theory, blueprint reading, wiring, electrical construction and residential/commercial electricity. Open to both high school and adult students, you can complete this half-day program in two semesters. Upon completion, you’ll earn a 30 credit hour technical certificate. You also may be eligible to enter an electrical union’s apprentice program at the second level.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Electricians proficient in working with the latest technologies will do especially well in today’s job market. The U.S. Department of Labor projected employment in this field to increase 12 percent between 2008 and 2018. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary for an entry-level electrician in 2015 was $17.61 an hour or $36,620 annually. The average wage was $24.36 an hour or $50,676 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $36,620 $17.61
Average $50,676 $24.36

CERTIFICATIONS

  • OSHA-30
  • NCCER Core
  • NCCER Field Safety
  • NCCER Electricity Level I

SCHEDULE

This program begins every August.

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (1 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (1 year pathway)