Electrical Technology

 

Electrical student wiring junction boxesElectrical Technology 1 students learn different wiring methods, electrical theory, how to draw and read wiring diagrams, and National Electrical Code (NEC). After obtaining OSHA certification, Electrical Technology 2 students work on advanced shop projects and participate in work projects on and off campus. In the classroom, students learn AC and DC current, three phase and single phase systems, and blueprint reading. Electrical Technology 3 students draw, lay out and wire entire rooms, configure and size electrical service and circuits for residential homes, wire fire alarm systems, security systems, motor controllers, and transformers. Hours earned for successful completion apply to the Massachusetts State license requirements. Students have a basic understanding of the Massachusetts Electrical Code and basic wiring and circuitry. Selected students are considered for the Cooperative Education Program which allows students to seek employment or apply for entry into higher educational programs.

What can you do with your Electrical Technology career training?

Electricians bring electricity into buildings and structures and install and maintain the wiring necessary to distribute electricity. They work in residences, construction, factories and businesses. Some examples of the systems electricians install are light, heat, power, fire alarm, and security systems. Electricians working in factories repair motors, transformers and other electrical machines.

Training you need:

Electrical Apprentices complete 600 hours of school and 8000 hours of work in the field to be eligible to sit for the electrician license exam. Quincy High School students earn 765 hours towards the required 8000 field hours and 315 classroom hours. Electricians must have their high school diploma or GED.

Where you can work:

Sixty-eight percent of electricians work in the building/construction business, 11% are self employed and the remainder work as maintenance electricians. Working conditions range from comfortable building interiors to outdoor construction sites.

What you can earn:

In the Boston area, electricians earn $25.00-$60.00 per hour. Beginning apprentices earn 40-50% of that rate with pay rates rising as they gain experience.

Career outlook:

Job growth will average 7% over the next 10 years. Outlook for electricians with a wide range of skills is better. Green energy technologies will provide new opportunities. The long apprenticeship and licensing requirements reduce the number of new workers.

Equipment/software you will learn to use:

Electrical students learn to use basic hand tools, hand benders, hydraulic benders, pipe threaders, and power tools commonly used by electricians. Students also use computers to do research for various electrical projects throughout the year.

Certifications or Licenses You May Earn While in High School:

  • Electrical Technology Program Certificate
  • 10-hour OSHA Construction Safety Training
  • Hours toward professional license

What kind of job can you get with this training?

Electrical apprentice or other entry-level construction job. Students also work for local companies.

With additional training/education, what jobs are available?

Journeyman electrician, electrical engineer, lineman, fire alarm technician, security and alarm technician, computer technician, construction manager, or electrical contractor.

What you should know…

The Electrical Technology program combines hands-on, practical learning with the classroom training needed for students to enter this demanding field. The program is affiliated with Local 103 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and MECA (Massachusetts Electrical Contractors Association).

Recommended Course of Study

Grade 9

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1 Elective Course

Grade 10

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Physical Education
Electrical Technology 1

Grade 11

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Electrical Technology 2

Grade 12

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Electrical Technology 3
2 Elective Courses

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