The Electrical Occupations certificate program offers the skills and theoretical background needed for a variety of careers. Graduates may work as electricians in electrical construction or in electrical maintenance where they would work with electrical machinery. They should also be qualified to develop the circuitry used to install and troubleshoot electrical and electronic machine-controlled equipment and systems. The major emphasizes electrical and electronic basics and the development of skills through laboratory practice. Courses in communication, math, and science improve students' employment prospects.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
After completing the certificate in Electrical Occupations, students may choose to continue on for one additional year and gain an associate's degree in Electrical Technology or Electromechanical Maintenance Technology.
Construction electrician, electrical construction troubleshooter, power company employee, construction union apprentice, electrical tester or inspector; self-employment in residential and commercial wiring.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for electricians was $54,110 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $92,690.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Building Equipment Contractors||455,910||$27.42||$57,030|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||15,040||$32.14||$66,850|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||11,430||$27.71||$57,640|
|Utility System Construction||8,980||$30.47||$63,390|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students in the Electrical Occupations (EO) major are required to purchase their own personal tools. Not all tools are necessary initially, faculty will identify what tools are required the first day of class. Therefore students are advised not to purchase new tools before meeting with faculty. Please direct any tool list questions to the School office.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Construction Management Association (CMA)
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Sigma Lambda Chi
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
Electrical Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. James E Beamer, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- Mr. Jayce Bell, Senior Controls Engineering Manager, First Quality Products
- Mr. John M DuBois, Lead Maintenance Specialist/Project Leader, General Electric Power & Water
- Mr. Adam Feather, '11, '12, Project Engineer, Trane
- Mr. Gary Gable, '74, President, Paul Gable & Sons Electric, Inc.
- Mr. Jay Gable, '02, Vice President, Paul Gable & Sons Electrical Contractors
- Mr. David Kranz, Owner/Electrical Inspector, Kranz Inspection Service
- Mr. Ken Kryder, '86, Electronics Instructor, Keystone Central School District
- Mr. Randy Schreckengast, CME, Energy Performance Engineer, Johnson Controls
- Mr. Adam J Yoder, '08, '11, Account Executive, Johnson Controls
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.