Electrician Degree - Online and Campus Programs

If you are technically savvy, enjoy using your hands, and are looking for a career that gets you out of the office, learn more about the lives of electrician technicians.
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Get career ready with hands-on training from American Trade School!  American Trade School provides student focused courses with the mission of preparing students with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level employment in their prospective field of training.

 

American Trade School views employers as their customer and students as their product.  Their obligation to industry is to produce a quality product!  They are an employer-centered institution fully committed to giving full attention and effort to the development of students’ skills.  American Trade School continually seeks educational partnerships within the industry believing that communication between schools and employers is essential for success.

Locations:  Saint Ann, MO

Programs:
  • Electrical (Diploma)

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Locations:  Burnaby, BC Surrey, BC

Programs:
  • Construction Electrician Foundation

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How to Become an Electrician

Electricians, or electrical technicians, typically focus on construction projects or maintenance, although many do both.
  • Electricians who focus on construction install electrical systems in factories, businesses, and homes as they are built or renovated.
  • Electricians who focus on maintenance fix or upgrade existing systems. Given that technology is constantly evolving, they stay busy!
Electricians need to be comfortable reading blueprints, handling tools, and working with people. Often, electricians enter a project to fix a problem, so keeping calm under pressure is key.

Training to become an Electrician

  • Apprenticeship: These programs include on-the-job training and electrician classes. Local unions team up with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to provide thorough electrician training. This program generally lasts 4 years.
  • Electrician Schools: Many community colleges or vocational schools offer electrician programs and electrician training that can lead to an electrician degree. Experience on the job is still highly recommended.

An Electrician's Salary and Job Outlook

Hourly wages for electrical technicians are typically around $22.32. A new electrical tech makes about 30-50 percent of that rate and, with experience, can have opportunities for advancement. An electrician tech with a wide range of skills, training and an electrician degree has a positive job outlook. Employment should increase about 12 percent over the next eight years.