Electrical Technology

Program at a Glance

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.

What can I expect from a career in Electrical Technology?

  • According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/electricians.htm employment of electricians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. Electricians with the widest variety of skills should have the best job opportunities.
  • The electrical occupation in Mississippi (16%) is projected to grow faster than average in the United States (10%) (EMSI, 2011).
  • Job opportunities for electricians are expected to continue to be very good because of the continuous growth of the electrical industry and technological advancements.
  • Electricians are needed to install and maintain electrical devices and wiring in homes, factories, offices, and other structures.
  • The median annual wage for electricians was $49,840 annually or $23.96 per hour in May 2012.

For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/