Pearl River Community College

Electrical Technology

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Forrest County Center and Poplarville Campus

Brief Description of Program: The Electrical Technology Program at Pearl River Community College is designed to lead to a Career or Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

  • The program prepares individuals to install, operate, maintain, and repair electrically energized systems such as residential, commercial, and industrial electrical wiring, DC motors, AC motors, controls, and electrical distribution panels.
  • Instruction includes in-depth training in many aspects of the electrical field.

In the classroom, apprentices learn electrical theory, blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They may also receive specialized training related to soldering, communications, fire alarm systems, and elevators.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an electrician. Most electricians start out by attending a Career and Technical Education school. Many technical schools offer programs related to circuitry, safety practices, and basic electrical information. Graduates usually receive credit toward their apprenticeship. States require electricians to be licensed.

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Possible Careers in this Program: Electrician

What a student can expect from a career in this field: Electricians typically do the following:

  • Read blueprints or technical diagrams
  • Install and maintain wiring, control, and lighting systems
  • Inspect electrical components, such as transformers and circuit breakers
  • Identify electrical problems using a variety of testing devices
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools
  • Follow state and local building regulations based on the National Electrical Code
  • Direct and train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or equipment

Almost every building has an electrical power, communications, lighting, and control system that is installed during construction and maintained after that. These systems power the lights, appliances, and equipment that make people’s lives and jobs easier and more comfortable.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: The median annual wage for electricians was $52,720 / 25.35 per hr in May 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics