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

Programs in electrical and power transmission teach people codes, safety rules, and laws so they can work as licensed electricians. Students learn to install wires, cables, and other types of electric lines. They also learn how to use tools and read blueprints.

Electrical and power transmission programs include topics such as:

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


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


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.

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Program Admission

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

Most apprenticeship programs require that you be at least 18.

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.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

As an apprentice, you receive about 2,000 hours of supervised, on-the-job work experience each year.

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.


King-Snohomish Area

Construction Industry Training Council (CITC)

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College (South Campus)

Clover Park Technical College

Tri-Cities Area

Local Union 112 NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

Vancouver Area

Charter College--Vancouver

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Yakima Area

Perry Technical Institute

Yakima Valley College