At Porter and Chester Institute, the Career Industrial, Commercial, and Residential Electrician program can be completed in 12 months. The program is offered on-campus in Brockton, Chicopee, and Worcester, Massachusetts, and graduates earn a diploma.
Within the program, students will have the opportunity to earn their OSHA-30 certification. This certification is to promote workplace health and safety, as well as make workers more knowledgeable about hazards and their rights.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for electricians is projected to increase by nine percent from 2020-2030. The employment projection for 2020 is 729,600, while the projected employment for 2030 is 796,700. The new openings within the field appear to be due mainly to the need to replace workers who either retire or transfer occupations.
Typical duties of an electrician include:
- Reading blueprints or technical diagrams
- Installing and maintaining wiring, control, and lighting systems
- Inspecting electrical components (transformers, circuit breakers, etc.)
- Identifying electrical problems using a variety of testing devices
- Repairing or replacing wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools
- Following state and local building regulations based on the National Electrical Code
- Directing and training workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring
Within this program, students will lean many helpful skills such as:
- Installation of electrical services
- Electrical theory
- Wiring - commercial, industrial, and residential
- Load calculations
- Electrical safety
- Basic/advanced motor controls