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Electrical Technician


Electrical Technician

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$31,800 to $90,4201
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
48 weeks

Train to Become an Electrical Technician

Prepare for a new career in as little as a year.

If you dream of a career that varies from day to day, allows you to work with both your mind and your hands, and is growing faster than many other job fields*, the electrical technician training program at Virginia College may be right for you. Our program offers a hands-on approach, so you can gain the skills you'll need on the job.

It doesn’t matter whether you just graduated from high school or have been working for many years and are looking for a career change. With our electrical technician training program, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned and put your skills to the test as soon as you graduate. Bring your willingness to learn and your passion for working with tools and you could be on your way to success.

An Electrical Technician Program That Puts Tools in Your Hands

In our classrooms and labs, you’ll receive hands-on training and learn what it’s really like to work as an electrical technician. Designed to be like a real-world work environment, our lab provides a place to get practical training, information about state and local building codes and regulations, and the skills you need for the job.

With our limited class sizes and experienced instructors, many of whom are practicing electricians, you’ll get personal attention to ensure that you gain knowledge of the electrical principles and understand how to use the tools you'll need to move forward in this career.

Be career ready in a year or less.

Our instructors bring a variety of work experience to the classroom. Their backgrounds can help you gain industry insights and learn what employers expect in real-world job situations. And with the focused feedback that our instructors provide, our program can help you develop the skills you’ll need to pursue a career in this growing field*.

Our labs simulate real-life situations and teach you how to use the tools and equipment that electrical technicians use, including conduit benders, voltmeters, and thermal scanners. You’ll also gain the technical knowledge necessary to find work as a residential, commercial, or industrial electrician.

Where do electrical technicians work?

When you complete our career-focused electrical technician training program, our goal is to ensure you're ready to enter the field. Once you complete your courses, you’ll be ready to apply for an electrical technician job in settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Retail businesses
  • Correctional institutions
  • Colleges and universities
  • Electrical companies

Is a career as an electrical technician right for you? Learn more by contacting us.

What do electrical technicians do?

Electrical professionals work with power, communications, lighting and control systems. Some install systems; others maintain them. Some spend their days troubleshooting, and others update older electrical systems. The work can vary, from maintaining large equipment for factories to installing a new light switch in a residence.

People with electrical technician training are responsible for a variety of duties, including:

  • Using power tools
  • Using measuring and diagnostic devices
  • Reading voltage meters
  • Reading blueprints
  • Soldering wires
  • Working on elevators
  • Installing electrical systems
  • Repairing faulty wires
  • Troubleshooting to determine problems
  • Assisting electricians with residential and commercial electrical services
  • Assisting electricians with installation, servicing, and troubleshooting of electrical equipment and supply

If you’re ready for a new career, today’s the day to start. The electrical technician program is your first step, and classes are forming now. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact us to learn more.

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1 The median annual wage for electricians was $52,720 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,800, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $90,420. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Electricians, on the Internet at (visited October 18, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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