Technology and Workforce Learning- Associate of Applied Science
The electrical industry offers a wide array of career opportunities for the well-trained electrician or electrical technician. The Pittsburg State University Electrical Technology program will provide you in-depth training for each of the three broad areas of the electrical industry. These areas include:
- residential electrical wiring
- commercial electrical construction
- industrial electrical construction and maintenance.
From wiring a residential single-family home, to installing the large switchgear, conduits, wiring and data systems in a multi-million dollar commercial building , to the system installation, analysis, design, and troubleshooting of an industrial automated control system with Programmable Logic Controller's, Variable Frequency Drives's and robotics, program graduates are prepared for a wide range of employments opportunities.
The Electrical Technology Program is a two-year "hands-on" technical program with emphasis given to preparing graduates to become certified electricians by attaining Journeyman Electrical Certification.
The two-year associate degree is for those individuals who want the electrical training and certification but who are also willing to take some basic general education courses. This is a good option for students training to work as a licensed Journeyman Electrician but may be an especially good option for individuals who may start their own electrical business, advance to a supervisory position in the electrical field or who may wish to eventually go on to a four-year bachelor of science degree (several options available).
The outlook for careers in the electrical field is very good and has been for a number of years. The average electrician is in their late 50's and has or will soon be retiring. The lack of skilled electrical workers to replace them has caused a severe shortage in the marketplace.
Potential Employment Job Titles
- Residential, Commercial or Industrial Electrician
- Maintenance Electrician
- Electrical/Electronic Technician
- Utility Lineman
- Electrical Designer (Engineering)
Typical Starting Salaries
A typical starting salary can be between $8.00 to $27.00 per hour depending on which area the student enters (residential, commercial, industrial) their level of job experience, and the area of the country where they work.
Average starting salary for the immediate area is $12.00-15.00 per hour. Salaries are significantly higher in the larger metropolitan areas like Kansas City, Wichita and Tulsa.
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