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Get Wired for Success as an Electrician

The world would quite simply be in the dark without electricians! Electricians are in short supply in the Gulf Coast Region* as well as at the state and national level. Demand continues to grow in response to an everincreasing population and as a growing number of baby boomers retire. Te shortage of electricians translates into outstanding career opportunities to individuals entering into the workforce. The world would quite simply be in the dark without electricians! Electricians are in short supply in the Gulf Coast Region* as well as at the state and national level. Demand continues to grow in response to an ever increasing population and as a growing number of baby boomers retire. The shortage of electricians translates into outstanding career opportunities to individuals entering into the workforce.

Factors contributing to the shortage:

  • A growing population
  • A workforce that is approaching retirement age
  • The underrated value of vocational education

 


Demand is growing steadily throughout the Gulf Coast Region. More than 18,000 new men and women will work in the trade by 2022.

Demand is growing steadily throughout the Gulf Coast Region. More than 18,000 new men and women will work in the trade by 2022.


More than 600 electricians needed in the region each year due to growth and replacement.

More than 600 electricians needed in the region each year due to growth and replacement.


Electricians have a top paying career not requiring a college degree. They earn an average of $23.52 per hour in the Gulf Coast Region.

Electricians have a top paying career not requiring a college degree. They earn an average of $23.52 per hour in the Gulf Coast Region.


So what kind of electrical careers are there?

  • Residential construction, maintenance, and repair
  • Commercial construction, maintenance, and repair
  • Industrial construction, maintenance, and repair
  • So what kind of electrical careers are there?Line installers and repairers

 


Pathway to Becoming an Electrician

Remember, electricians work both indoors and out; at construction sites, in homes and in businesses or factories.

Work may be strenuous at times. Some electricians may have to travel to jobsites. Most electricians learn the trade:

  • Through apprenticeship programs. In the Gulf Coast Region,there are three options for obtaining training as an electrician: Apprenticeship programs Union or Merit (non-union) combined on-the-job training with related classroom instruction.
  • Through training programs at community colleges.

License Required!

Persons who perform electrical work must be licensed. Types of licenses vary from an apprentice to a master electrician. In addition, licensed electricians in the State of Texas are required to complete four hours of continuing education annually.


Preparing for a Career as an Electrician*

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:
Technology Systems (Modular Lab
Based) or Electrical Trades or Indus-
trial Electronics or Machine Shop

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:
Engineering Graphics or Engineering
Principles or Electronics Technology
or Construction Systems

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Principles of
Technology I

Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Energy, Power, and Transportation
Systems or Power Technology or
Manufacturing Systems or Introduction to Robotics

Mathematics Models
w/Applications

Communication Applications

Physics

PE or Equivalent

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:
Research Design and Development or
Problems and Solutions in Technology
or Manufacturing Technology

*Source: AchieveTexas.org

Gulf Coast Region Electrician Programs

Gulf Coast Region Electrician ProgramsCommunity Colleges - Offering Training Depending on Demand

Universities

Apprenticeship Training

Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

 

*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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