A rewarding career.
Nationally, median pay for electricians is $52,720 a year ($25.35 per hour). On top of nearly 667,000 jobs in 2016, the electrician field is expected to grow by 59,600 jobs by 2026.*
PTC’s Electrician Technology Certificate program is an exciting new addition to our School of Trades Technology. We designed it from the ground up to meet the demand for qualified, trained electricians—especially the demand that’s in the Pittsburgh region.
A powerful new program. A growing opportunity.
We’re in the middle of a building and construction boom unheard of in your lifetime in terms of scale and sheer number of jobs for all trades—and that includes electricians. Three new regional hospitals are in the planning stages, along with five medical centers and a new immunology center. And work has already begun on the enormous Shell cracker plant in Beaver County. Skilled men and women will have to wire every room, every floor, every department of all those new facilities.
Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in every type of home, business, and factory. They need to know their way around every kind of power generation and distribution equipment, understand everything from reading electrical schematics to installing wiring circuits, and adhere to a wide array of safety standards.
In our Electrician Technology Certificate program, you’ll gain a working knowledge of safety, OSHA 30 certification, and NFPA 70E, National Electric Code (NEC), National Fire Protection, and electrical safety standards.
You’ll learn to:
Install basic single-phase residential wiring circuits and all basic single and three-phase commercial wiring circuits to meet the NEC code.
Read construction blueprints.
Use various electrical tools, plus measuring and test equipment.
Troubleshoot residential and commercial electrical circuits, and build and troubleshoot basic industrial systems.
You’ll work in professional labs designed to resemble residential, commercial, and industrial spaces by an experienced professional electrician to be as real-world as it gets.
It’s a unique program that integrates practical electronics into the curriculum, covering digital & analog circuits in addition to wiring. You will also be introduced to the important tasks of project management and estimating.
The Certificate, Electrician Technology program consists of five quarters. For course descriptions, visit our catalog.
Math for Electricians
Steps for Career Success 1
Computers & Networking
Troubleshooting Electrical Systems
Project Management & Estimating
During your last quarter, you’ll gain 360 hours of experience outside of our classroom and lab. Once you graduate, you’ll have an edge on the competition and real-world experience under your belt.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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