Electrician Career Training in Torrance, CA with Course Info

Oct 01, 2018

Torrance, CA, Schools with Electrician Programs

Several technical schools and community colleges in the Torrance area offer electrician programs at the certificate and associate degree levels. This article looks at two schools that are within a 50-minute drive of downtown Torrance and at the programs they offer. It also includes a table that details several important facts about the schools, such as school type, enrollment, tuition and graduation rates.

  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College in Los Angeles offers associate degree programs in electrical construction technologies as well as electrical construction and maintenance. It is approximately 19 miles from Torrance's city center.
  • Santiago Canyon College is in Orange, almost 39 miles from downtown Torrance. It offers a general electrician associate degree program and an industrial electricity apprenticeship program resulting in a certificate or associate degree.

Comparison of Schools

When choosing a school, individuals must take many factors into account. This table presents some important data about each school that they should consider when deciding on their education.

Los Angeles Trade - Technical College Santiago Canyon College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 12,984* 12,307*
Campus Setting Large city Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,220 in-state; $7,538 out-of-state* $1,142 in-state; $7,982 out-of-state*
% of Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017) 75%* 57%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A (Open admissions policy) N/A (Open admissions policy)
Retention Rate (2017) 65% for full-time students; 35% for part-time students* 72% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 27%* 39%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Los Angeles Trade - Technical College

Los Angeles Trade - Technical College primarily offers vocational certificate and associate's degree programs for career-minded individuals. A few technical programs for aspiring electricians are available within its construction, design and manufacturing department.

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Electrical Construction and Maintenance

Students in this 48-unit program obtain a thorough understanding of topics such as electrical theory, low-voltage systems, blueprints and electrical controls. Graduates of the program have the training necessary to gain a career as an electrician in the construction industry. Specific course topics included in the program include electrical mathematics, wiring practices, industrial power applications and electrical codes.

Associate in Arts in Electrical Construction Technologies

The electrical construction technologies program is very similar to the A.S. degree program, except that its courses are offered at night instead of during the day. Graduates of the program still learn the skills and training necessary to work within the residential, industrial or commercial building construction industry. Many of the core courses included in the program are the same, and both programs require 18 units of general education courses.

Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College is almost 40 miles away from Torrance. It offers a wide range of career programs, including several carpentry and mechanical apprentice programs. The school has two general electrician programs, along with two industrial electrical apprenticeship programs that meet California's standards for a program for electrician trainees. In addition to these options, students at Santiago Canyon College can complete electricity apprenticeships to become sound technicians, power linemen, sound installers and intelligent transportation systems electricians.

General Electrician Certificate of Achievement

The certificate of achievement program is a 31.5-credit program that includes ten general electrician courses (which must be taken in order) and a first aid and safety course.

Industrial Certificate of Achievement

Aspiring electricians focused on inside electrical wiring and those who need training for a wireman apprenticeship may benefit from this program. There are 10 sequential inside wireman courses. Students also take a course in first aid and electrical safety.

Associate in Science in General Electrician

This program requires the same eleven courses as the certificate program (the ten electrician courses, plus a first aid course), as well as the completion of the college's general education requirements.

Industrial Associate in Science

Associate's degree students complete the same core classes as the industrial certificate program. To receive an associate's degree, general education classes such as humanities, language and natural sciences must be taken.

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