Students who want training in electrical repair and maintenance can find certificate and associate's degree programs at state universities, community colleges and technical schools. Qualified graduates may find jobs in a variety of industries, including commercial and residential construction, mining and manufacturing.
Notable schools in this field include Alfred State SUNY College of Technology, Michigan State University, SUNY College of Technology at Delhi and Atlanta Technical College. The first three schools were ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the quality of the education they provide. The fourth school is distinguished because it provides assurance that its graduates are competent in their trades.
Alfred State SUNY College of Technology, NY
|School Highlight: Alfred State SUNY College of Technology's Articulation agreement with several electrical workers unions allows graduates of the electrical construction and maintenance program to pursue apprenticeships.|
U.S. News & World Report ranked Alfred State 12th among regional colleges in the North for 2017. The college offers an Associate in Occupational Studies - Electrical Construction and Maintenance Technician. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates for employment as designers, contractors, electrical inspectors and construction site electricians, among other positions. Courses in this program include residential and commercial wiring, lighting, alarm systems and hydraulics. Unique to the college is its project-based learning environment, through which students can pursue internship opportunities.
Michigan State University in East Lansing
|School Highlight: The electrical technology certificate program at Michigan State University is an apprenticeship program that utilizes a 4,000 square foot electrical technology facility.|
Michigan State University ranked 82nd among national universities for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers over 200 different academic programs, including an electrical apprenticeship that trains students in agricultural, industrial, residential and commercial wiring. Students receive training in a lab equipped with state-of-the-art electrical technology used in agricultural and commercial industries. Students who complete this program receive an Electrical Technology Certificate.
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi, NY
|School Highlight: SUNY College of Technology at Delhi offered the first program in building construction in the U.S.|
For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Technology at Delhi 19th among regional colleges in the North. The college offers an electrical construction and maintenance certificate program which trains students to install and repair wiring in commercial and residential buildings. The certificate program takes one year to complete, and its credits are transferable to the school's associate's degree program in electrical construction and instrumentation. Courses include topics in electric code, electrical theory and math; students also participate in an electrical lab.
Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, GA
|School Highlight: The school offers a warranty on each technical program graduate.|
At Atlanta Technical College, students interested in electrical maintenance and repair can earn a diploma in electrical systems technology, electronics fundamentals or electronics technology. The school also offers technical certificates of credit for aspiring auto electrical/electronic systems technicians, diesel electrical/electronic systems technicians, industrial electrical controls technicians and residential wiring technicians. Some programs include general education coursework in addition to occupational courses.
Top Schools for Electrical Repair and Maintenance
Here are some more colleges with top electrical repair and maintenance programs:
- Cochise College in Douglas, AZ, was one of Arizona's first community colleges.
- Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA, offers certificate, diploma and 2-year degree programs in electrical maintenance.
- Los Angeles Trade Technical College in Los Angeles, CA, boasts an 80-year history of workforce career programs.
- At Central Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins, GA, the Quality Enhancement Plan prepares math-ready graduates for the workforce.
- Stark State College in North Canton, OH, has an agreement with two 4-year universities that allows its students to earn bachelor's degrees at the 2-year community college.
- At Tennessee Technology Center in Murfreesboro, TN, there is an option for students to work part-time while completing a certificate or diploma program.
To gain skills in electrical maintenance and repair, students can enroll in relevant associate's and certificate programs. Students can find programs at community colleges as well as regionally and nationally ranked state universities.