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If you are good with your hands, like to solve problems and have a knack for understanding how things work, consider a career as a construction, utility, or maintenance electrician.
As our world’s electrical systems become more sophisticated, so must the skills of electricians. In this program, you’ll learn to maintain, test, repair and/or replace complex electrical systems and controls found in modern industrial plants and large commercial buildings. The program includes hands-on training in motors, generators, robotics, power distribution and other electrical systems.
Whether you are new to the field, or you are an experienced electrician who wants to upgrade your skills, this program opens doors to a variety of challenging job opportunities. Graduates become construction electricians, utility electricians, and technicians in electrical maintenance, production and power systems.
The Electrical Program prepares students for work in the Electrical Trades. Electricians install, troubleshoot and maintain electrical equipment for production facilities, hospitals, electrical utilities, schools, commercial and residential buildings - anywhere there is electricity.
Electricians are taught both mechanical and electrical skills and are “high tech mechanics”. This program takes students from learning about electrons to wiring and programming automation equipment and everything in between.
“My job is always challenging because there is always something new to learn—new technologies, new techniques. You need a lot of training to enter this field, and you need to continually upgrade and update your skills and knowledge. This program gave me a broader background and understanding than I would have been exposed to otherwise. That's important, because this is one field where you have to know why you do something, not just what to do."
"This is the best trade to be in because it's so challenging. Every day, my job brings something different, including new problems to solve. You have to use your head all the time, think on your feet and apply what you learn. It takes effort to learn electrical theory, but when you get into the field, you'll apply everything you've learned. So, study hard; it pays off."
Construction Electricians install wiring and electrical devices in residential, commercial and industrial buildings and equipment. They are required to be certified through the state. Trainees work under supervision of a journeyman. To become a Journeyman Electrician, you must work 8,000 hours and pass a test. SCC Electrical program graduates are awarded 1524 hours. Construction Electricians do some or all of the below tasks:
The SCC Electrical Maintenance and Automation department has a good relationship with the union apprenticeship and students are given pay adjustments and class credit for completing the program.
Other places of employment:
Utility electricians install, maintain and test transformers ,switchgear, batteries and monitoring equipment for power generation facilities, dams, substations and power distribution equipment. They do some or all of the below tasks:
Maintenance electricians install, maintain, perform preventive maintenance, and troubleshoot and repair automated equipment in large commercial buildings and production facilities. Work locations include sawmills, mines, food processing plants, aluminum mills, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, breweries. Maintenance electricians are typically setup to receive and investigate trouble calls and report to production and are often put in charge of entire sections of plants and large complex equipment. They do some or all of the below tasks: