Electrical Technology

An electrician installs, maintain, tests, troubleshoots and repairs electrical equipment and other types of electrical and electronic controls on various type of equipment found in an industrial site. An electrician applies electrical theory and related knowledge, usually under direction of engineering staff to design, build, repair, calibrate and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls and machinery. To become an electrical journeyman, a person must have a certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology and may be required to complete a nationally certified Apprenticeship program.  In the classroom, apprentices spend more than 140 hours learning how to read blueprints and craft related safety requirements. Electrical apprentices typically spend about 2,000 hours working under the supervision of experienced Journeyman electricians where they will be trained on specific craft related task and the use of personal protective equipment.  Electricians will need building, mechanical, and construction knowledge.

(Source: East Harris County Manufacturing Association)

Description 2014 Jobs 2018 Jobs
Median Pay
Low Pay
High Pay
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician 3,855 4,063 $31.24 $19.61 $42.71
Electro-Mechanical Technicians 937 1,015 $23.07 $16.58 $37.32
Engineering Technicians (not drafters) 3,766 3,973 $32.66 $19.31 $51.93
Electrical Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment 628 656 $27.75 $20.94 $35.96
Electrical Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 2,460 2,619 $27.81 $17.28 $41.24
Electrical Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay 385 465 $33.80 $25.88 $43.12
Electrical Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles 499 499 $16.05 $9.77 $22.21
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers 575 565 $15.92 $11.17 $20.56

*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included. Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2014.3 Class of Worker BETA. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.

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Programs of Study

  • Associate of Applied Science, Electrical Technology – IE2
  • Certificate of Completion, Electrical Technology – IE1
  • Certificate of Completion, Wiring Installation – EWI1
  • Certificate of Completion, Electrical Construction – EC1

General Requirements

Associate degree: Completion of the degree program usually requires at least 2 years of full-time equivalent academic work. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)