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In addition to jobs created by the increased demand for electrical work, openings are expected over the next decade as electricians retire. This will create good job opportunities, especially for those with the widest range of skills, including voice, data, and video wiring. Employment of electricians should increase 8 percent between 2019-29.
In 2019, average hourly wages of electricians in Maryland were $28.21.
Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for homes, businesses, and factories. They install and maintain wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows. They also install and maintain electrical equipment and machines in factories and a wide range of other businesses.
In general, electricians focus on either construction or maintenance, although many do both. Electricians specializing in construction primarily install wiring systems in factories, businesses, and new homes. Those specializing in maintenance fix and upgrade existing electrical systems and repair electrical equipment. All electricians must follow state and local building codes and the National Electrical Code when performing their work.
Electricians usually start their work by reading blueprints—technical diagrams that show the locations of circuits, outlets, load centers, panel boards, and other equipment. After determining where all the wires and components will go, they install and connect the wires to circuit breakers, transformers, outlets, or other components and systems.
Students who successfully complete this four-year program earn a journeyperson certificate from the Maryland Department of Labor.
Total approximate cost per year is $1,700 (includes books); a separate technology fee of up to $100 may also be assessed. Classroom-related instruction is at least 144 hours per year. On-the-job training is 2,000 hours per year.
Applications for entry into the program are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. The application deadline for the 2021-22 school year is May 31.
Classes start in September and are held twice a week in the evening.
Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Electricians.
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