The Electrical program is designed to prepare students for employment as electrical workers. In general, this means teaching students the skills they need to obtain employment as electrical apprentices, with the eventual goal of becoming licensed journeyman electricians. Many related career options exist, including utility workers, electrical engineers, alarm techs, phone and data techs. Shop instruction will challenge students to complete hands on projects that represent jobsite installations. These projects simulate installations found in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Students that attend Taconic for four years will earn over 1,200 hours of the 8,000 work hours required to obtain a journeyman electrician’s license. Four-year students can also earn 300 related (classroom) hours of the required 600 hours required for a journeyman electrician’s license. Lessons will integrate electrical competencies as well as Mass Building Code requirements as they apply to electrical systems such as smoke detectors and other life safety systems. Students will become familiar with Mass. General Laws MGL 141 and Code of Mass. Regulations CMR 237 as they apply to electrical licensing in Mass. Eligible students may go on cooperative education during their junior and senior years. Classroom (related) instruction will focus on safety, electrical theory, National Electrical Code, wiring methods and practical math applications that are directly related to the electrical industry.

Program Breakdown by Grade Level

Training/ Skills You will Learn
  • OSHA 10 Construction Safety and Health

  • Electrical Theory

  • Residential Wiring Methods

  • Commercial Wiring Methods

  • Industrial Wiring Methods

  • Motor Controls

  • How to navigate and understand the NEC®

Career Opportunities

Electrical Apprentice working toward a Journeyman license.

Salaries vary depending on experience throughout apprenticeship. Some may start at minimum wage, others may start at anywhere from $13-$15 per hour; however, vocational students who demonstrate knowledge and ability may start between $16-$18 per hour. Raises would be incremental dependent on work performance.

Electrician journeyman

A Journeyman can earn approx. $82,000 per year with benefits. Students that attend vocational school have the ability to obtain a journeyman license in fewer than four years

Engineering degrees

College degrees in engineering can be earned by students that attend four-year colleges and universities.