Electricians install and maintain wiring, electrical control equipment, and power systems for homes, businesses, and factories. They work with their hands, encounter versatile and challenging tasks, and enjoy attractive compensation and job security.
The Electrical Apprenticeship program is offered through a partnership with the Harford County Electrical Contractors Association (HCECA) and combines on-the-job training (OJT) with the formal related technical classroom instruction you need to prepare for this high-demand field. This means you get paid to work while you receive a top-notch education in the electrical field.
Successfully complete this four-year program and you will earn a Journeyperson Electrician certificate from the Maryland Department of Labor. (Electrical licenses will be issued by examination through the state of Maryland.)
TIME TO COMPLETE
144 hours of in-classroom instruction two evenings per week, Sept - May, for a total of 576 hours over four years, plus 2,000 hours on-the-job training each year (the equivalent of a full-time job), for a total of 8,000 hours over four years.
Harford County Electrical Contractors Association
Approximate cost per year is $1,700 (includes books).
- Must be at least 16 years of age (work permit required if under 18)
- Must have a high school diploma or GED®
- Must have a valid driver's license and possess transportation
- Must be able to pass a basic math and comprehension assessment
- Must have a valid email address and be able to access online curriculum
Classroom instruction includes:
- Basic Theory & Fundamentals of Electricity
- AC/DC Circuitry
- Motors, Generators, Transformers
- Grounding & Bonding
- Solar Photovoltaic Systems
- Power Quality
- Raceway, Box & Conductor Sizing
- Calculations, etc.
On-the-job training enables you to learn skills to troubleshoot, repair, replace, and build/wire electrical systems for sports facilities, factories, homes, shopping centers, and restaurants, along with learning safety guidelines and regulations required for electricians.
What Can I Do When I Complete This Program?
Upon successful completion of this program, your journeyperson certificate increases your marketability as an electrician and qualifies you to earn a journeyperson's wage. Electrical licenses are issued by examination through the State of Maryland. Students may continue training become a Master Electrician and possibly own their own business. They also have the option to enroll in a Harford Community College degree program and transfer up to 21 college credit hours toward an associate degree.
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.
An increased demand for electrical work, and the advanced age of many electricians, creates strong employment opportunities, especially for those with the widest range of skills, including voice, data, and video wiring.