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 2017 Jobs 2027 Jobs
Median Pay Low Pay High Pay
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician 4,729 4,882 $58.032 $33,412 $108,092
Electro-Mechanical Technicians 344 370 $55,943 $37,748 $98,769
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 2,264 2,382 $62,937 $25,211 $97,927
Electrical Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment 282 320 $65,840 $44,081 $96,936
Electrical Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 1,997 2,133 $49,365 $32,028 $78,621
Electrical Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay 236 270 $60,648 $37,344 $101,184
Electrical Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles 418 304 $29,664 $16,591 $41,837
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers 583 658 $34,293 $21,097 $50,238

*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 2017.3 Class of Worker. 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)

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