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Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in the electrical systems technology field as an on-the-job trainee or apprentice, assisting in the layout, installation, and maintenance of electrical/electronics systems.

Getting into the electrical trade without school is possible, but advancement opportunities will be slow. With training at CPCC's Harper Campus, advancement, including raises, and additional job responsibilities will be easier to come by. The electrical trade is a licensure craft, which means you must pass an exam to receive a license. There are few people who can pass the state contractor exam or local journeyman exam without formal training. When entering the trade, students may enter an approved apprenticeship program, and the contact hours earned in this program will count toward the required hours.

Electricians currently start out earning between $8.00 to $12.00 per hour, with wages for skilled electricians increasing to over $18.00 per hour.

Benefits vary widely within this industry, however, larger companies will usually offer some form of medical and/or dental coverage, provide some type of retirement savings such as 401K plan, and based on longevity with the company, time off for holidays and/or vacations. Smaller companies will usually not be able to afford the full range of benefits described.

Employers include local, statewide, and out of state electrical contractors, government industrial and manufacturing companies, electrical manufacturers and wholesale houses.

Careers that are in high demand are commercial electricians, residential electricians, industrial electricians, control electricians, maintenance electricians, estimators, supervisors, and inside and outside sales associates.

For more information, please visit CPCC Career Services.