This program prepares individuals to install, maintain, repair and test electrically energized systems such as residential, commercial, and industrial electric power wiring, D.C. and A.C. motors, controls, and electrical distribution panels. An electrician is employed to install electrical wiring and equipment for lighting. heating, cooling and other power requirements in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Using blueprints, diagrams and specifications, students perform installations in accordance with national, state and local safety codes. Considerable physical exertion is often required and the work may be performed outdoors or under such hazardous conditions as heights, unfinished construction or high voltages. The Electrical Technology diploma program requires high school graduation or equivalent. Students should have an interest and aptitude in applied algebra, trigonometry, drawing and science. Good eyesight and color vision are a plus.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "As the population and the economy grow ... more electricians will be needed to maintain the electrical systems used by industry and to install electrical devices and wiring in new homes, factories, offices and other structures." Graduates are employed as apprentices by electrical construction firms. Upon completion of apprenticeship and the obtaining of a journeyperson's license, students are open to opportunities as master electricians, inspectors, contractors, estimators and repair persons.
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