Electrician Career Training in Los Angeles with School Overviews

The Los Angeles area has three schools within 40 miles of downtown that offer electrician training. Learn about the programs requirements at each college so you can make an informed education decision.

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Los Angeles Electrician Training Schools

Aspiring electricians in Los Angeles can obtain training at three schools in the area, in addition to a union-sponsored apprenticeship. Read about the program coursework at the institutions, and then take a look at the table of school statistics and facts.

  • Located roughly 19 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education offers a 900-hour training program with day and evening classes that prepares students for entry-level electrician jobs.
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College also offers day and evening programs that lead to certificates or associate's degrees. The campus is around three miles from the city's center.
  • Around 38 miles from central Los Angeles, Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA, offers an electrician apprenticeship in combination with an associate's degree program.

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Comparison of Schools

Find out more about the three profiled schools by looking over the table below. It displays details, such as tuition rates and campus environments, that might impact your college choice.

Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education Los Angeles Trade Technical College Santiago Canyon College
School Type < 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014)* 307 14,688 11,202
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Midsize city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $2,514.62 (full-time day program, including books and supplies)
$2,334.62 (part-time evening program, including books and supplies)**
$1,220 (in-state)
$7,016 (out-of-state)*
$1,142 (in-state)
$6,902 (out-of-state)*
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2014)* 51% 70% 32%
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2013-2014)* 91% 60% 77%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)* N/A 21% 38%

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education.

Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education

The electrician program at this school prepares students for entry-level employment as electricians. The curriculum also prepares them to take the California electrician licensing exam.

Electrician Program

Students in this 900-hour program have the option of attending daytime or evening classes. The daytime program takes 5 quarters to complete, while the evening program takes 7 quarters to complete. Topics covered include residential and industrial wiring, blueprint reading, schematics and programmable logic controllers. Students who complete this program may be eligible for 5 college credits.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Los Angeles Trade Technical College offers two associate's and two certificate programs with electrician training. The Associate of Science program is designed for students who want to obtain entry-level electrician positions, while the Associate in Arts program is geared toward students who already work with electricity and want to increase their knowledge.

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Certificate of Achievement

The curriculum for this certificate program includes 48 credits in the same major courses required for the Associate in Science in Electrical Construction and Maintenance. Students learn about tools, programmable logic controllers and electrical codes. Classes in this program are only offered during the day.

Electrical Construction and Maintenance: Construction Tech Certificate of Achievement

Students are required to earn at least 43 credits to receive this certificate. The curriculum includes the same 43 credits of major coursework required for the Associate in Arts in Electrical Construction and Maintenance program. A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

Associate of Science in Electrical Construction and Maintenance

Students must earn 48 credits in the major, in addition to general education courses. The curriculum includes courses on circuits, alternating current (AC), electrical codes and industrial power applications. Students learn how to make electrical calculations and measurements, install wiring and bend conduits. This is strictly a day program.

Associate in Arts in Electrical Construction and Maintenance: Construction Tech

This program requires students to complete at least 60 credits of coursework, including 43 credits in the major. The curriculum includes some of the same courses as the Associate in Science degree program, such as hand tools and wiring practices, direct current (DC) fundamentals and industrial control systems. This program is only offered in the evening.

Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College has partnered with various employers in the area to offer apprenticeship programs for different occupations. An electrician apprenticeship is available that gives students the choice of an industrial concentration or a sound and communication concentration.

Electrician Apprenticeship

The industrial option prepares students to become inside wiremen who install electrical fixtures, wires and conduit inside buildings. The sound and communication option trains students to become sound installers, commonly known as sound technicians. Sound installers work with various electronic systems, including multimedia, entertainment systems, fax machines, telephones and modems. Program completion qualifies graduates to receive an associate's degree, a Certificate of Achievement and journeyman status in California.

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