What should I look for in an electrician school?

What should I look for in an electrician school?
What should I look for in an electrician school?

What should I look for in an electrician school?

A career as an electrician is a great fit for those who like to work with their hands, troubleshoot and be on the move throughout their workday. Electricians fill valued roles in their communities and are often considered essential workers.

When thinking about how to start your career as an electrician, know that most states require electricians to be licensed. For many, the path to licensure starts by attending a technical or trade school. Finding the right electrician school can help prepare you for this career and your licensure. Here's what you should look for in an electrician school.

Real-world, hands-on training

An electrician's work is hands-on, so you want a hands-on school. Many schools design their electrical programs to include practical, hands-on training where students work in electrical lab facilities with tools they'd find on their first day of work. As a student, it's important that you're able to work on electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in your electrical program's lab environment.

Accredited, qualified instruction

Accreditation is important when researching schools - it shows that the school is committed to excellence and to providing the education that students want, need, and deserve. Accrediting agencies, such as the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), regularly assess a school's programs to ensure that they meet or exceed strict industry standards of quality.

Qualified instructors are the backbone of a quality electrical program. As experienced electricians, they know how to teach, but more importantly know what students are likely to encounter when out on the job. Their years of experience and connections to employers make them an invaluable resource!

Foundational and soft skills

The foundational skills taught in an electrical program are extremely important. Among many areas you should receive training in are interpretation of electrical blueprints/plans, installation, testing, troubleshooting and repair of electrical service panels, wiring and fixtures, installation of coaxial, telephone and data cabling, ladder logic, and PLCs. You should gain an understanding of construction site safety, OSHA requirements, National Electrical Code standards and practices, and proper tool use and care.

In addition to core electrician training, your electrical program should also help you understand how to work with professionals and customers in the industry. Developing your soft skills will make you a better employee and improve customer satisfaction!

Career Services

While employment is not guaranteed, a team of dedicated Career Service Advisors should be available to help you find the right job! These advisors can help you with your job search, resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Even after you have graduated from your electrical program or landed your first job in the field, some Career Services departments offer ongoing career assistance where you can reconnect with them for career guidance!

Are you ready to find the electrician school that is the right fit for you? You can get the skills to begin your career as an electrician in as few as 10 months at YTI Career Institute. Our Electrical Technology lab includes several studded-out walls as well as a stick-built house where you'll practice commercial and residential wiring techniques under the leadership of qualified, experienced instructors. Visit our Electrical Technology program page to learn more and request information.