Electrical

About the Career

Behind every lighting, sound and communications system is a good electrician. Electricians install, maintain and repair systems in homes, businesses and industrial facilities.

Career Outlook

Electricians are in high demand. By 2020 opportunities for electricians will increase by 8.3 percent along the Gulf Coast, according to the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board. Job prospects for electricians are very good, as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016)

The median hourly wage for electricians is $21.71 and for electrician apprentices is $14.82. (Department of Labor, 2016)

Graduates may work in many industries:

  • Electrical contractors
  • Energy providers
  • Power plants
  • Commercial and industrial construction sites
  • Energy exploration organizations

About the COM Program

The COM Electrical Apprentice Program trains students in about eight months to enter a high-demand, high-paying field. Electrician apprentices develop the mechanical skills for entry-level positions with commercial or residential electrical businesses. They practice safely operating electrical tools, wiring a building, installing conduits and troubleshooting.

Taught by instructors with years of experience in the field, each course combines classroom instruction and hands-on work. Classes meet two nights per week to accommodate work schedules.

Certificate – Electrical Apprentice

Occupational Skills Award

Course Number Title Total Classroom Hours
CNBT 1018

NCCER CORE - Electrical

64

ELPT 1011

NCCER Electrical Level 1

Prerequisite: CNBT - 1018

96

ELPT 1041

NCCER Electrical Level 2-A

Prerequisites: CNBT 1018, ELPT - 1011

64

ELPT 1045

NCCER Electrical Level 2-B

Prerequisites: CNBT - 1018, ELPT - 1011, and ELPT - 1041

64

How to Begin

Students must have a high school diploma or GED, be 18 or over and complete the H-1B Ready to Work Grant application, which pays for classes for those who qualify. Call Chris Hollman at 409-933-8643 for more information.

Financial Aid

COM offers affordable classes, and provides financial assistance through such as the H-1B Gulf Coast Ready to Work Initiative and Texas Public Education Grants.

Depending on your income, you may further be eligible for financial assistance under the federally funded Workforce Investment Act. (COM is an approved vendor.)

Financial assistance may be available for veterans, their spouses and children through the Hazlewood Act.

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