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Field of Study: Electrical and Power Transmission

Introduction

Electrical and power transmission programs prepare people to work as licensed electricians.

 

Overview

Electrical and power transmission programs include topics such as:

  • Installation of wires, cables, and other electric wires
  • Electrical codes
  • Safety rules
  • Blueprint reading

Many electrician programs include apprenticeship training. Apprentices complete a set number of classroom hours and receive training on the job from experienced workers.

Specialties
In electrical and power transmission programs students may be able to specialize in work as:

  • Lineworkers
  • Electrical and power transmission installers

Schools
Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in electrical and power transmission. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years to complete.

An apprenticeship program may require one to four additional years of on-the-job training working with experienced electricians.

Some high schools coordinate vocational programs with community colleges. This allows high school students to take electrical courses before they graduate. In some cases, they are prepared for entry-level work after they receive their high school diploma.

 

College preparation

Most apprenticeship programs require that you be at least 18.

You can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school degree or getting a GED.

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Fitness and Conditioning Activities
  • Construction
  • Residential Wiring
  • Industrial Electricity
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Drafting
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Industrial Safety and First Aid
  • Physics

 

Undergraduate special

Apprenticeship requirements vary by area and local committee. Most committees require that apprentices be at least 18. Some will take younger apprentices who have permission from their parents or high school principal.

Some training programs require that applicants take aptitude tests and physical activity tests. You must have good color vision to work as an electrician. Electricians need to be in good health and have at least average physical strength. They need good dexterity and agility.

 

Typical course work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Communications
  • Cranes and Elevators
  • Electrical Code Requirements
  • Electrical Theory
  • Electronics
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Math
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Welding

 

Things to know

Most states require that electricians have a license. This means passing an exam on electrical theory, national codes, and local codes.

In many electrical and power transmission programs, you can specialize in power transmission, installing systems in new construction, or maintenance and repair. You can also focus on electrical work in the manufacturing field. Electricians in this area work on motors, transformers, and generators. They may also work on machine tools and industrial robots.

Employers and unions prefer applicants who have done some work in the construction trades. For information about apprenticeships and other training opportunities, call or visit websites of your local union office or apprenticeship agency. Other useful contacts are local electricians or the nearest employment service office. Many electricians are union members.

Most programs require that students and apprentices purchase tools. In addition, some programs require you to buy your own safety equipment.

Some certificate and associate degree programs are designed for people who already have professional experience as an electrician.

Electricians need to have good color vision.

 

Similar fields of study

Careers you may qualify for

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Electrician Helpers
Electricians
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Signal and Track Switch Repairers
Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers
Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Wind Turbine Service Technicians

 

Resources

Building and Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO)
http://www.bctd.org/

Independent Electrical Contractors
http://www.ieci.org/
Select "Become an Electrician."

US Department of Labor
http://www.doleta.gov/

Schools that offer program

Click on the school name to see a list of their programs related to this field of study.

Anoka Technical College , Located in Metro
CleanEdison - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Dakota County Technical College - Rosemount, Located in Metro
Dunwoody College of Technology - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College - Cloquet, Located in Northeast
Hibbing Community College , Located in Northeast
Lake Superior College - Duluth, Located in Northeast
Leech Lake Tribal College - Cass Lake, Located in Northwest
Minneapolis Community and Technical College , Located in Metro
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Detroit Lakes , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena , Located in Northwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Canby , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Granite Falls , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Jackson , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Online - Worthington, Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Pipestone , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Worthington , Located in Southwest
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks , Located in Northwest
Northland Community and Technical College - Thief River Falls , Located in Northwest
Northwest Technical College - Bemidji, Located in Northwest
Northwest Technical College - Online - Perham, Located in Northwest
Ridgewater College - Hutchinson , Located in Central
Ridgewater College - Willmar , Located in Central
Riverland Community College - Albert Lea , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Austin , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Owatonna , Located in Southeast
Saint Paul College - St. Paul, Located in Metro
Saint Paul College - Online - St. Paul, Located in Metro
St. Cloud Technical & Community College , Located in Central