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Electrical Technician

This course provides an intensive overview of electrical maintenance. You will learn the skills needed to work as an electrical technician, including math, inspection, safety, quality, electrical systems, automation, motor controls, and assembly.

Electrical Technician
$2,260.00 (USD)

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How much does an electrical technician make a year?

Electrical technician training can lead to a high-demand career with rewarding pay. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the average salary for electrical technicians and electronics engineering technicians is $72,800 per year, with opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location, and years of experience.

What is an electrical technician?

Electrical technicians help create, maintain, and repair the electronic components and equipment used in any equipment or device that involves electricity. They also can sometimes work with electricians or electrical engineers or work on site to keep machinery and specialty equipment running correctly.

What are the duties of an electrical technician?

Some of the duties for an electrical technician include:

  • Reading blueprints and technical diagrams to determine the placement of outlets and fixtures
  • Installing wiring, outlets, and controls
  • Maintenance of electrical systems
  • Inspecting transformers and circuit breakers to ensure they are up to code
  • Identifying electrical problems using specialized tools like voltmeters, cable testers, thermal scanners, and ammeters
  • Repairing and replacing wiring and equipment using both power and hand tools
  • Training and directing fellow workers to install, maintain, and repair systems and wiring
  • Following local and state building requirements

What is the difference between engineering technicians and electrical technicians?

Engineering technicians work alongside engineers and technologists to ensure all machinery used to bring a design to life remains functional and working. Electrical technicians work on creating, maintaining, and repairing electrical equipment and components.

What is the difference between an electrical technician and a residential electrician?

An electrical technician works on electrical systems within machinery, specialty equipment, and other commonly used devices while working in a manufacturing environment. A residential electrician installs, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs the wiring in residential buildings.

Are electrical technicians in high demand?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for electrical technicians is expected to be sustained by the continuing integration of computer and electrical systems. There are also about 84,700 openings for electricians in general projected for each year, on average, over the decade.

Do you get hands-on training?

This electrical technician course provides a wealth of information and training but does not currently include hands-on training or simulations. Due to the in-demand nature of this career, many employers are looking for people that have the applicable knowledge base and let them get hands-on electrical technician training on the job.

Do we offer career assistance after completion of the course?

Upon completing this electrical technician course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

What career paths can I take as an electrical technician?

Becoming an electrical technician is only the beginning. Candidates who choose to go into the field can go different routes as they progress through the profession. Career paths include maintenance technician, electrical engineer, engineering technician electrical, senior electrical engineer, senior systems engineer, and project manager.

What are soft skills, and what soft skills are needed for an electrical technician?

Soft skills, according to Indeed.com, are personality traits and behaviors that will help candidates get hired and succeed in their work. Unlike technical skills or "hard" skills, which can be learned during electrical technician training, soft skills are interpersonal and behavioral skills that help you work well with other people and develop your career.

According to Lightcast data, the top five soft skills for an electrical technician are troubleshooting, communication skills, preventative maintenance, physical abilities, and problem solving.

What are the soft skills of this course?

This electrical technician course currently covers the following soft skills: troubleshooting, problem solving, communication skills, conflict resolution, customer service, and leadership.

Why should I choose this electrical technician program?

This course prepares you for a job as an electrical technician. It also sets you on a path for career growth by providing instruction on quality management that covers employer in-demand skills such as Six Sigma, Kaizen, and Lean. With other educational providers, you would have to take multiple courses to cover those topics, and with us, it is included in our program curriculum.

What is the 25% tools discount for students?

When starting a career as a residential electrician, you need to make a substantial investment in tools. To help ease the financial burden, students are eligible for a 25% discount on tools from Ideal Industries through local distributors. Please contact your Student Advisor or Instructor for more details on the discount.

Does this course prepare you for a certification?


When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

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