Many electricians receive their training through apprenticeship programs. Some schools in Maryland have partnered with unions and other organizations to provide apprenticeship training programs. However, apprenticeships aren't the only avenues for electrician training in the state. Associate's degrees, certificates and letter of recognition programs that offer training in the field of electricity are available at some Maryland schools. Continuing education courses for those who want to learn how to perform simple electrical projects in the home are offered as well. Read on to learn about the various community colleges and programs in Maryland for electrician training.
Anne Arundel Community College
Located in Arnold, Anne Arundel Community College offers a 4-year electrical apprenticeship program that prepares individuals for careers in the electrical field. Students in this program receive 144 hours of classroom instruction and 2,000 hours of hands-on training during each year of the program. Anne Arundel Community College provides this apprenticeship program in partnership with Chesapeake Associated Builders and Contractors and with Chesapeake Independent Electrical Contractors.
Carroll Community College
Carroll Community College in Westminster has 2 programs that provide training for aspiring electricians. The most comprehensive is an apprenticeship program offered in conjunction with the Electrical Apprenticeship Program of Carroll County. Students can only enroll in these classes after they are accepted into the apprenticeship program. They receive more than 600 hours of classroom instruction in addition to 8,000 hours of on-the-job training during this 4-year apprenticeship. Carroll Community College also provides a 45-hour electrical helper program that prepares students for employment assisting electricians.
College of Southern Maryland
The College of Southern Maryland in La Plata offers an associate's degree program in conjunction with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 5-year apprenticeship program. The college provides the general education courses required for the degree, and the IBEW provides the technical education and field experience. A course in emerging technologies is also required and covers computer hardware and software technologies. Additional coursework in environmental science, customer relations and principles of management is also required. Students must earn 60 credits to receive this degree. The college also offers an electrical helper program that allows students to complete their first year of apprenticeship training in only 10 weeks.
Frederick Community College
Frederick Community College in Frederick offers a certificate program with 5 courses: building trades, fundamentals of wiring, residential, commercial, and specialized systems. Students must complete 16 credits and complete 5 courses to earn the certificate.
Harford Community College
Harford Community College in Bel Air offers a 4-year electrical apprenticeship in conjunction with the Harford County Electrical Contractors Association. Training is held at the Edgewood Hall Apprenticeship and Training Center. Classes begin in the fall, and students must apply before the end of May.
Rockville's Montgomery College offers a building trades associate's degree with an electrical wiring track and 2 shorter electrical wiring programs that prepare students for entry-level positions in the electrical field. 1 program only requires students to complete 2 courses, and students who receive a minimum grade of C in each course receive 8 credit hours and an Electrical Wiring Letter of Recognition. The second program requires students to complete 6 courses, and students who complete the program receive 21 credits in addition to an Electrical Wiring Certificate. These 21 credits can be applied to the building trades associate's degree. Students enrolled in the electrical wiring track of this degree program receive instruction in residential and commercial electrical wiring, national electrical code, construction safety and blueprint reading. They must earn 60 credits to receive the degree.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Anne Arundel Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Electrical Apprenticeship Training||$4,464 in-district; $7,374 in-state; $12,024 out-of-state*|
|Carroll Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Electrical Helper,
Electrical Apprenticeship Training
|$3,619 in-district; $5,261 in-state; $7,334 out-of-state*|
|College of Southern Maryland||2-year, public; rural fringe||Electrical Helper Continuing Education Certificate,
Electric Wiring Technician Associate of Applied Science
|$3,542 in-district; $6,111 in-state; $7,911 out-of-state*|
|Frederick Community College||2-year, public; small city||Building Trades Technology Certificate with Electrical Track||$3,364 in-district; $6,628 in-state; $8,788 out-of-state*|
|Harford Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Electrical Apprenticeship Training||$3,341 in-district; $5,429 in-state; $7,517 out-of-state|
|Montgomery College||2-year, public; small city||Electrical Wiring Letter of Recognition,
Electrical Wiring Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Building Trades Technology with Electrical Wiring Track
|$4,728 in-district; $9,156 in-state; $12,432 out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.