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In addition to jobs created by the increased demand for electrical work, openings are expected over the next decade as electricians retire. This will create good job opportunities, especially for those with the widest range of skills, including voice, data, and video wiring. Employment of electricians should increase 12 percent between 2008 and 2018.
In May 2008, median hourly wages of electricians were $22.32.
Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for homes, businesses, and factories. They install and maintain wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows. They also install and maintain electrical equipment and machines in factories and a wide range of other businesses.
In general, electricians focus on either construction or maintenance, although many do both. Electricians specializing in construction primarily install wiring systems in factories, businesses, and new homes. Those specializing in maintenance fix and upgrade existing electrical systems and repair electrical equipment. All electricians must follow state and local building codes and the National Electrical Code when performing their work.
Electricians usually start their work by reading blueprints—technical diagrams that show the locations of circuits, outlets, load centers, panel boards, and other equipment. After determining where all the wires and components will go, they install and connect the wires to circuit breakers, transformers, outlets, or other components and systems.
Completers of this four-year program earn a journeyperson license from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
2012 total approximate cost per year is $1,400. Classroom-related instruction is at least 144 hours per year. On-the-Job Training is 2,000 hours per year.
Applications for entry into the program are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Deadline for applications for each school year is May 31.
Class starts in September. Classes are held twice a week in the evening.
Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Electricians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos206.htm
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