Electricians are highly paid skilled craftsmen that are responsible for electrical distribution systems. This job field is currently in very high demand.
While the Apprenticeships meet the need of individuals who are already working in industry, the Electrical Trades Preparation Certificate was developed to meet the preparatory needs of individuals who are not yet employed in the field.Â The Electrician Trades Preparation Certificate allows high school and adult students to gain knowledge and hands-on experience before entering an Apprenticeship program. This serves a three fold purpose:
The first is to provide employers with a trained workforce having superior entry-level skills. Second is a training program to help high school and adult students decide if the electrical trades are the right pathway for them.Â Finally, this certificate provides an accelerated program to meet the education requirements of the state licensing board.
The Electrical program also provides several 16-hour continuing education and exam preparation courses to meet the needs of the Statesâ€™ Re-licensing requirements. Continuing education and electrician technician education is offered in an open-entry, open-exit, competency-based format.
In Electrical Trades Preparation, students learn about construction and maintenance environments, bending conduit, running wire, installing electrical devices, servicing, and distributing equipment in compliance with the National Electrical Code for an entry-level job in the electrical field. Training can be directly applied as credit towards completion of the stateâ€™s Electrical Apprenticeship schooling.The approximate completion time for the Electrician Certificate is 900 hours or 7.5 months at 30 hours per week and maintaining 100% progress.
Students gain valuable employer-requested skills when the college partners with industry employers. EmployersÂ advise the faculty on up-to-date processes and knowledge.
The Electrician Employer Advisory Team includes:
- Coates Electric & Instrumentation
- Great Salt Lake Minerals
- Knight Electric, Inc.
- Line Side Electric
- Marietti Electric
- Platt Electric Supply
- Pure Power
- Utah Electrical JATC
- Weber School District
John Kristensen, electrical instructor/advisor is a Master Electrician with over 15 years of full-time experience in the field. This experience includes both industrial and commercial construction and service troubleshooting repair. In 1997 Mr. Kristensen started teaching the electrical apprenticeship evening program at the OWATC and went to full-time instruction in 1999 for a total of 16 years teaching experience. He is certified as a Master Trainer Instructor through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and also received a Diploma of Completion of the National Instructor Training Institute and Certification as a Master Instructor/Trainer through the University of Tennessee, sponsored by the National Joint Apprentice Training Committee.
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Kelly Kennedy, electrical instructor/advisor, is a Master Electrician with over 20 years of full-time experience in the field. This experience includes both industrial and commercial construction as well as residential construction. In 1997 Mr. Kennedy started teaching the electrical apprenticeship evening program at the OWATC and went to full-time instruction in 1999 for a total of 16 years teaching experience. He is certified as a Instructor through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and also received a Diploma of Completion of the National Instructor Training Institute and Certification as a Master Instructor/Trainer through the University of Tennessee, sponsored by the National Joint Apprentice Training Committee.
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Program Completion Rates and Additional Information
*Individual choices may influence how long it takes to complete a program, which affects the overall on-time completion rate. For example:
- A student might only attend part-time instead of full-time.
- A student may wish to take additional elective courses.
- A student will progress through coursework at an individual rate in self-paced programs.
- A student could change to a different program before completing the first one.
**The Ogden-Weber tech college offers low tuition and multiple options for financial aid. It does not rely on loan programs so the median loan debt for all programs is zero, enabling students to enter the workforce with no student debt.