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New York Electrician Schools with Degree and Certificate Program Info

Research electrician schools in New York State, which currently has at least five schools offering programs. Read an overview of program options and tuition info for five of New York's public colleges to decide which program is right for you. View article »

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Career Information

The majority of electrician training programs culminate in a certificate or associate's degree. Students can gain practical experience through fieldwork, labs, and workshops. In addition, students may be able to complete an internship. While some programs are designed for beginners, others may require students to already have some electrician experience or to be a licensed apprentice or journeyman electrician.

Licensure for electricians is not offered at the state level in New York. Instead, each city or county determines licensure requirements for electricians. Most New York cities and counties offer the Master or Special Electrician license for seasoned electricians who pass an exam. Students who are recent graduates of an electrician program can hone their skills by participating in apprenticeships.

Alfred State: SUNY College of Technology

Alfred State, the State University of New York College of Technology is a four-year school that offers training for aspiring electricians at its campus in Wellsville, New York. Through the School of Applied Technology students can earn an offers an Associate in Occupational Studies in Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician. The program includes courses in residential wiring, electrical power and alarm systems, photovoltaic and wind power generation, and magnetic motor controls among other topics. Students learn how to design electrical layouts, repair electrical circuits, troubleshoot equipment, and perform other tasks. Training is administered through laboratory exercises and fieldwork on job sites. Some students may also have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship to gain further experience.

For the 2015-2016 school year, tuition and fees came to $8,057 for New York State students and $14,617 for out-of-state students at Alfred State.

  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; remote town
  • Program Offered: Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician Associate in Occupational Studies
  • Tuition & Fees: $8,057 in-state, $14,617 out-of-state (2015-2016)*

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

The SUNY College of Technology at Canton offers undergraduate programs in both academic and career training areas including a certificate program in electrical construction and maintenance. The program consists of 30 credit hours and runs for one year. Training focuses on developing electrical skills used in residential construction. Students learn how to perform a variety of tasks such as installing motor control circuits and wiring systems, connecting electrical devices, and performing everyday maintenance activities.

For the 2015-2016 school year, tuition and fees came to $7,855 for New York State students and $12,245 for out-of-state students at the SUNY College of Technology at Canton.

  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; remote town
  • Program Offered: Certificate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance
  • Tuition & Fees: $7,855 in-state; $12,245 out-of-state (2015-2016)*

Hudson Valley Community College

Located in the small city of Troy, New York, Hudson Valley Community College is the second largest college in New York's Capital Region and part of the State University of New York. The college's School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies offers an Associate in Occupational Studies in Electrical Construction and Maintenance program, which meets the standards of the National Electrical Code. Once enrolled, students complete workshop and lab training in four main areas of study: commercial, industrial and residential installation; motors and motor control; transformers; and industrial electronics, programmable controllers, and variable frequency drives. By completing this program, students meet the instructional requirements for the state's construction and plant maintenance electrician's certified apprenticeship program.

Hudson Valley Community College also offers a 17-credit-hour certificate program in photovoltaic installation, which teaches seasoned electricians and new students in the field to install and maintain solar panels. The curriculum, which was designed in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, includes topics in electrical theory, commercial construction wiring, and photovoltaic systems. Students who complete the program can take the Photovoltaic Certificate of Knowledge exam from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.

For the 2015-2016 school year, tuition and fees came to $5,188 for New York State students and $13,388 for out-of-state students at Hudson Valley Community College.

  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city
  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Electrical and Construction Maintenance
    Certificate in Photovoltaic Installation
  • Tuition & Fees: $5,188 in-state, $13,388 out-of-state (2015-2016)*

Mohawk Valley Community College

Mohawk Valley Community College located in the small city of Utica, New York, also belongs to SUNY network. The college offers an Associate in Occupational Studies in Electrical Service Technician/Electrical Maintenance. Students wishing to become electricians can select a focus in electrical maintenance. Once enrolled, students can take coursework in electrical machine and controls, electrical wiring and code, and industrial electronics . These courses offer training in areas such as automatic and manual DC controllers, motors, transformers, residential electrical wiring, and polyphase systems. Other course topics include technical math and systems diagrams.

For the 2015-2016 school year, tuition and fees came to $4,616 for New York State students and $8,576 for out-of-state students at Mohawk Valley Community College.

  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city
  • Program Offered: Associate of Occupational Studies in Electrical Service Technician/Electrical Maintenance
  • Tuition & Fees: $4,130 in-state; $7,710 out-of-state (2015-2016)*

Onondaga Community College

Located in a large suburb of Syracuse, New York, Onondaga Community College is a part of the SUNY system. This school offers a program for state-approved apprentices or journeyman electricians that leads to an Associate in Applied Science. To gain admission, students must submit proof of their apprentice or journeyman status from their employer or from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 43. The program prepares practicing electricians for career advancement or transfer to a four-year program. Work experience accounts for 20 transfer credits towards the 63-credit degree program. The program offers courses in circuits and digital electronics, as well as career-related coursework such as architectural, electrical, or mechanical technology.

For the 2015-2016 school year, tuition and fees came to $5,014 for New York State students and $9,184 for out-of-state students at Onondaga Community College.

  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb
  • Program Offered: Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Trades
  • Tuition & Fees: $4,634 in-state; $8,684 out-of-state (2015-2016)*

In this lesson, we learned about five public colleges in New York State that offer certificate or degree programs for electricians, including those that can lead to an Associate in Applied Science or an Associate in Occupational Studies. All five schools are apart of the State University of New York system.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Electrician Programs Offered Tuition and Fees
Alfred State: SUNY College of Technology 4-year, public; remote town Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician Associate in Occupational Studies $8,057 in-state, $14,617 out-of-state (2015-2016)*
SUNY College of Technology at Canton 4-year, public; remote town Certificate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance $7,855 in-state; $12,245 out-of-state (2015-2016)*
Hudson Valley Community College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Science in Electrical and Construction Maintenance,
Certificate in Photovoltaic Installation
$5,188 in-state, $13,388 out-of-state (2015-2016)*
Mohawk Valley Community College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Occupational Studies in Electrical Service Technician/Electrical Maintenance $4,130 in-state; $7,710 out-of-state (2015-2016)*
Onondaga Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Trades $4,634 in-state; $8,684 out-of-state (2015-2016)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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