Become a Residential Electrician
Electrical work has some of the best opportunities for career stability, especially for residential technicians. If you want to start a career in electrical work, this 100% online course will prepare you for an entry-level residential electrician apprenticeship.
BS in Electrical Engineering
HVCC Class of 2005
JOB OUTLOOK FOR RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICIANS
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electricians earn a median annual salary of $55,000, which is almost $10,000 more than the average of all construction and trade jobs.
- The BLS estimates that jobs for electricians will grow by 10% within the next 8 years.
Residential Electrician FAQs
Residential Electrician Objectives
- Branch and feeder circuits with various types of cable and conduit
- Service of circuit breakers, lighting fixtures, receptacles, switches, paddle fans, and electric motors
- Identifying and fixing electrical problems on “service calls”
- Installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting photovoltaic renewable energy systems
Prerequisites and Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is 100% online. Start anytime.
- Preparing and Planning a Residential Wiring Job
Residential workplace safety, hardware and materials used in residential wiring; determining branch circuit, feeder circuit, and service entrance requirements
- Residential Service Entrances and Equipment
Introduction to residential service entrances; service entrance equipment and installation
- Residential Electrical System Rough-In
General NEC® requirements for rough-in wiring; installing electrical boxes, cables, switching, and branch-circuits
- Residential Electrical System Trim-Out
Lighting fixture installation, device installation, and service panel trim-out
- Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Residential Electrical Wiring System
Checking out and troubleshooting electrical wiring systems
- Greenhouse Wiring Techniques
Green wiring practices and photovoltaic (PV) system installation
- Managing Customer Service
Winning customer service, customer expectations, and moving forward with the “four Ps”
Greg Fletcher has over 40 years of experience in the electrical field as both a practicing electrician and as an electrical instructor. He has been a licensed electrician since 1976 and holds a master electrician’s license in the State of Maine. In 1988, he was appointed as the department chair of the Trades and Technology Department and program director/instructor of the electrical technology program at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. He is the author of several textbooks, including “Residential Construction Academy: House Wiring, Guide to Using the National Electrical Code,” and “The Electrician’s Guide to Photovoltaic System Installation.” He has an associate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Technical Education, and a Master of Science in Industrial Education.