Certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs are available to students who want training in basic electrical and cable installation concepts.
10 Schools with Electrical Systems Programs
These institutions offer electrical systems programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Tuition (2015-2016)**|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,664; Out-of-state $8,808|
|Edgecomb Community College||Tarboro, NC||2-year, Public||Diploma, Certificate||In-state $2,376; Out-of-state $8,520|
|Wake Technical Community College||Raleigh, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||In-state $2,768; Out-of-state $8,912|
|GateWay Community College||Phoenix, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830|
|Bevill State Community College||Jasper, AL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $4,350; Out-of-state $7,800|
|Nash Community College||Rocky Mount, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||In-state $2,504; Out-of-state $8,648|
|Durham Technical Community College||Durham, NC||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate's||In-state $1,840; Out-of-state $6,388|
|Lansing Community College||Lansing, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $3,020; In-state $5,660; Out-of-state $8,300|
|Fresno City College||Fresno, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $1,194; Out-of-state $6,834|
|Manchester Community College||Manchester, NH||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $6,880; Out-of-state $15,040|
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a cable installation program.
- Length of program can be from 3-6 months for a certificate program and up to two years for an associate's degree program.
- Experiential learning is not always part of the curriculum and should be part of the school selection decision.
- Tuition costs vary widely, and students may receive a discount in tuition if they attend a local or in-state college.
- Some colleges may offer resume and interview preparation assistance for program graduates seeking employment.
Certificate in Telecommunications Installation
Certificate programs in cable installation can often be completed in 1-2 semesters. Students can complete certificate programs in a variety of concentrations including basic telecommunications, wireless networking and broadband communications.
Diploma in Electrical Distribution
Completion time for diploma programs in electrical distribution vary. Some can be completed in one semester, while others can take one year. Some diploma and certificate programs are directed specifically at a cable installation education, and include courses in installation, fiber optics and cable splicing.
Associate's Degree in Electrical Systems
Associate's degree programs generally take two years to complete. Students may have the opportunity to specialize within the curriculum or engage in a concentration area relevant to cable installation. General education courses often transfer to bachelor's degree programs for students interested in continuing their education.
Many colleges and technical institutes have programs that can prepare individuals for a career in cable installation. Prospective students can choose between certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs at a number of public colleges throughout the country.