Electricity is essential in today’s world. Electricians install, connect, test and maintain wiring systems like lighting, power, climate control and security systems. From reading blueprints for system layout to testing circuits for proper connections, they must follow the National Electric Code and state and local building codes.

The work environment varies depending on the job, but most are physically demanding—bending, lifting, kneeling and standing for long periods. Electricians risk injury from electrical shock, so safety precautions are vital. If you like working with your hands, enjoy math and have excellent eye-hand coordination, electrical wiring may be the trade for you!


Pre-apprentice electrical programs teach skills and techniques employers are looking for in entry-level electricians. Skills include:

  • Installing circuit panels
  • Installing electrical conduit and wiring for homes and commercial sites
  • Cabling
  • Installing switches, receptacles and lighting fixtures
  • Systems testing and repair
  • Using green building techniques to reduce resources and conserve energy
  • Depending on the area’s needs, students also may learn how to install and maintain solar systems.

Career Opportunities

Job growth is expected at an average rate through 2018. Older buildings will need improvements to meet modern codes, while new technologies will boost energy conservation efforts. Land developers, electrical contractors, general contractors and remodelers are examples of business that might hire an entry-level electrician.

HBI graduates earn about $10 to $12 an hour in their first electrical wiring job. As skills are expanded through our full apprenticeships or on the job training, so are career options. Pay increases significantly also after becoming fully certified.   


  • General Contractor
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Inspector
  • Job Superintendent
  • Journeyperson
  • Apprentice
  • Electrician’s Helper