By Angela Askey, Executive Director, Public Relations and Marketing, Central Arizona College
And San Tan Time Staff

Central Arizona College and Wilson Electric have collaborated to offer a Professional Electrician Training program at the college’s Superstition Mountain Campus.

Classes begin August 19, 2019 for the semester long program. The electrician training program classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

James Busch, Skilled Trades and Technology Division Chair explained, “Electrician jobs are ranked number four in the state for the greatest demand and Wilson Electric currently has more than 200 open positions. This workforce development partnership will provide students the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and receive hands-on training that will benefit them on the job.”

By participating in this program, students will graduate after four months at CAC as entry-level electricians. By December, they will have earned a Commercial Electrician Installer Certificate and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credential, allowing them to fast track through an electrician apprenticeship program into a journeyman level position.

For more information or to enroll, please contact Sandra Zires at 520 494-5308

Why is it important?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the employment of electricians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increases in construction spending and growing demand for alternative energy sources will drive demand for electricians.

Alternative power generation, such as solar and wind, is an emerging field that should require more electricians for installation. Increasingly, electricians will be needed to link these alternative power sources to homes and power grids over the coming decade. Employment growth stemming from these sources, however, will largely be dependent on government policy.

CAC is providing real world job skill needs to local residents to better prepare them for a job market that is set for continued growth.