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Train to Become an Electrician at SCC

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With a looming electrician shortage in the United States, students studying to be electricians at Surry Community College have a huge opportunity to be successful.

The need for electricians is expected to grow by 7 percent between 2021 and 2031, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or bls.gov; yet the number of young people obtaining electrical licenses is in drastic decline.

“About 79,900 openings for electricians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire,” according to bls.gov.

Graduates of Surry Community College's Electrical Systems program have a bright future with an abundant job market due to this demand. An electrician's average pay is around $60,040 annually or $28.87 per hour, according to bls.gov.

“The average age of a licensed electrician in North Carolina is around 60 years old,” said Ray Hoots, SCC’s Director of Engineering Technologies. “This means that any young person getting into the field has a world of opportunity before them in income potential and job growth.”

The electrical industry will have a huge void in the fact that people with electrical licenses are aging out.

“I encourage you to come to Surry Community College and take the electrical courses and then go out into the field to work for an electrical contractor for a while and then hopefully open your own business. Contractors across the state are begging for people to come to work,” Hoots said.

SCC offers four certificates, a diploma, and a degree in Electrical Systems Technology. Certificates are offered in Commercial Wiring, Industrial, Photovoltaic Systems, and Residential Wiring. The Residential and Commercial certificate classes are offered to high school students through the tuition-free Career & College Promise program (CCP). CCP students should complete a certificate over two semesters. Interested high school students should speak to their high school advisors.

Electrical classes scheduled for the Fall 2023 semester on SCC’s Dobson campus during the daytime are: DC/AC Electricity; Residential Wiring; Commercial Wiring; National Electrical Code; NEC Calculations; Diagrams and Schematics; Electrical Computations; Intro to PLC; Circuit Analysis I; and Photovoltaic Systems Technology. All the classes are scheduled for Aug. 17 through Dec. 18.

The following classes are also offered in the evening on the Dobson campus: DC/AC Electricity; Residential Wiring; and Diagrams and Schematics.

DC/AC Electricity; Diagrams and Schematics, National Electrical Code; Electrical Computations; Residential Wiring, and Commercial Wiring classes are being offered as workforce training classes, as well as college credit classes. Workforce training classes cost the same tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state students.

Electrical Contractor Renewal classes are also being offered Aug. 5, at the Pilot Center in Pilot Mountain; Sept. 9, at the Yadkin Center in Yadkinville; Oct. 14 at the Elkin Center in Elkin; and Nov. 4, at the Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy. These classes are on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Electrical Systems curriculum is designed to provide training for people interested in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems found in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.

Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in the electrical field as an on-the-job trainee or apprentice assisting in the layout, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. SCC Electrical Systems graduates qualify to do most anything in the electrical field such as electrician, industrial plant maintenance technician, electrical engineering assistant, renewable energy consultant, or solar panel installer.

Surry Community College’s advisors can help you determine the best class registration opportunity for you. Contact (336) 386-3264 or studentservices@surry.edu to learn more. You can also research the college’s programs on surry.edu.

If you have questions about the Electrical Systems Technology program, you may also contact Darryl Evans, Lead Instructor – Electrical, at (336) 386-3328 or evansde@surry.edu.

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