Out of all the trades, electricians receive one of the highest salaries. There is also great demand for competent electricians as there are few people trained to manage the duties of an electrician. Other perks include job security, job diversity, and the potential to be your own boss. If the thought of sitting at a desk all day is not your cup of tea, the physical activity that comes with being an electrician may be just what you need. The training required for entry into the industry may be as simple as completing an Electrician Certification program or enrolling in a two-year program to earn your Electrician Construction Associate of Applied Science Degree. To get started, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent certification and a desire to learn. In your comparison of electrician schools, make sure to choose one that is recognized by the State of Texas.
Dallas College Eastfield Campus
The Electrical Construction AAS Degree Program at Dallas College (North Lake) prepares students for entry-level employment as an electrician. Course content is delivered using a combination of classroom lectures and lab demonstrations with hands-on student participation. Students will also participate in cooperative classes with industry employers. Course modules include electrical construction, natural science, humanities/fine arts electives, composition, introduction to computers, business and professional communication, and social/behavioral science. Apart from providing specific technical skills and knowledge, students will develop skills in related areas such as organization and planning, supervision, problem-solving, and decision-making. Through a partnership with the Dallas Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, graduates will be prepared for employment as a Journeyman Electrician. Evening and weekend schedules are available for students’ convenience.
Electrical Construction – AAS
Duration: 4 semesters
Semester credit hours: 60
- Apply for enrollment at Dallas College
- Attend a pre-advising session with an enrollment representative
- Must meet with TSI requirements
- Attend an information session
- Register and pay for classes
- Applicants under 18 years of age
- Must provide documentation of high school graduation or equivalent
- Must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Must have a valid social security number and state photo ID
Tuition costs $$4,740 for resident students. Additional expenses for books, fees, and supplies must be covered by the student.
- Website: https://www.dallascollege.edu/pages/default.aspx
- Address: 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite TX 75150
- Phone: 972-860-7100
Northwest Lineman College
The Electrical Lineworker Program at NLC provides the training and education needed to function as highly qualified professionals and sets the foundation for future training in the field. Course topics include electrical grid, rigging, working on lines and equipment, transformers, career planning and strategies, behavior assessment, climbing competencies, equipment competencies, transmission competencies, groundsman competencies, CPR certification, commercial learner’s permit, pole-top rescue certification, OSHA 10-hour ET&D, aerial-lift rescue certification, metering certification, digger derrick safety, and essentials for success. Classes and field training will be conducted Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Electrical Lineworker Program
Duration: 15 weeks
Clock hours: 480 (50 minutes of instruction per clock hour)
- Must be at least 18 years of age by the start date of the term
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Must have a valid driver’s license
- Must be eligible to obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL)
- Must be physically and mentally fit to participate – official Medical Release form provided during the enrollment process
- Provide proof of current medical insurance coverage by the start date of the term selected
- Must not have a felony conviction
- Must not weigh more than 270 pounds – due to weight restrictions of fall protection equipment
- Submit a completed through the school’s online application portal
- Must have a working laptop with a web camera and access to a stable, high-speed internet connection
- Submit copy of driver’s license and medical release form completed by an approved healthcare professional
- Pay the lab fee ($850) and sign the enrollment agreement
Tuition and fees cost $15,950 – due four weeks prior to the start of the term. Other required associated costs include climbing and hand tools, NLC safety shirts ($2,800), and a commercial learner’s permit ($325).
- Website: https://lineman.edu/
- Address: 5110 Dakota Ln, Denton, TX 76207
- Phone: 800-338-8875