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Electronics Vocational Schools

Workers with training in electronics are employed in a variety of industries from computing and construction to energy and automotive. Electronic vocational schools offer a number of pathways to specializations within these broad fields. Certifications, while generally voluntary, help you to exhibit mastery of a specific skill set and make you more attractive to potential employers.

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Electronics specializations

Electronics vocational schools can train you for a number of different jobs across many industries -- not just a residential electrical repairs. Your training may lead to a job installing computer systems in cars, inspecting electrical relay systems at a hydroelectric plant, or supervising as an apprentice repairs the wiring in a high-rise office building. Electronics specialties include:

  • Automotive (transportation) installation and repair
  • Electronics engineering
  • Powerhouse, substation and relay repair
  • Residential electrical installation and maintenance

Electronics certification and degrees

As with HVAC/R, electronics training ranges from formal apprenticeships to associate's degrees through electronics vocational or trade schools. Most electricians still enter the career as apprentices. A high school diploma or GED are required, as is a course in algebra. Your apprenticeship will cover safety regulations, code compliance and electrical theory. You may learn how to read blueprints, solder wires or install fire alarm systems. Most states require electricians to be licensed and certified.

In contrast, most electronics engineering technicians and electrical installers and repairers begin their careers at an electronics vocational school. Some may simply take relevant courses while others complete an associate degree program. Coursework might include analog and digital circuitry, programming in C++, and, of course, electric theory and blueprint reading. Over 50 professional certifications exist. Certification is voluntary, but demonstrates mastery and makes you a more attractive job candidate.

Salary and career outlook for Electronics

In the field of electronics, the BLS reported the following national annual median wages in May of 2013:

  • $50,510, electricians
  • $52,830, automotive electrical and electronics installers and repairers
  • $58,540, electrical and electronics engineering technicians

The three states with the highest number of jobs and location quotient for electricians are Wyoming, North Dakota and Alaska. Alaska is also the top-paying state for electricians, followed by New York and Illinois. For electrical installers and repairers, the states with the highest job numbers are Nebraska, Virginia and Kansas.

CareerAnnual Median WageProjected Employment ChangeProjected 2012-2022 Growth
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment560004002.3
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles31020-900-5.9
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay71400-100-0.2
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers360904001.2
Electrical and Electronics Drafters587902,9009.6
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer957904,8003.4
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment546402,3003.4
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians59820
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

In 2013, Forbes.com reported on the high demand for workers in the skilled trades, including electricians. The skilled-trades workforce is aging and there are fewer trained workers available to fill those positions.

Sources:

Electricians, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/electricians.htm

Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/electrical-and-electronics-installers-and-repairers.htm

The Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, http://www.acca.org/education/epa/

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Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Tech.

Programs : Electrical, Electrical Engineering Technology, and more.

Campus Locations :

Shelton: 8 Progress Drive Shelton, CT 06484

Melrose Park: 8317 W. North Avenue Melrose Park, IL 60160

Union: 2299 Vauxhall Road Union, NJ 07083

East Windsor: 97 Newberry Road East Windsor, CT 06088

Columbia: 9325 Snowden River Parkway Columbia, MD 21046

Marietta: 2359 Windy Hill Road Marietta, GA 30067

New Britain: 200 John Downey Drive New Britain, CT 06051

Mahwah: 70 McKee Drive Mahwah, NJ 07430

Indianapolis: 7225 Winton Drive Building 128 Indianapolis, IN 46268

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

Programs : Electrical Trades, Electrical Systems Technician, Electrical Systems Technician, and more.

Campus Locations :

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

Cuyahoga Falls: 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Birmingham: 100 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

Programs : Electrician, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Discover the Advantages of Porter and Chester . At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re serious about preparing you for career success.

Programs : Electronics Systems Technician, and more.

Campus Locations :

Branford: 221 West Main Street Branford, CT 06405

Rocky Hill: 30 Waterchase Dr Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Oakville: 320 Sylvan Lake Road Oakville, CT 06779

Pursue your education at the College of Business Technology.

Programs : Electrical Technician, Electricity Technician, and more.

Campus Locations :

Hialeah: 935 West 49th Street Hialeah, FL 33012

  Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals.

Programs : Electrical Technology, Applied Electrical Technology, Electrical Service Technician, and more.

Campus Locations :

Kansas City: 8955 E. 38th Terrace Kansas City, MO 64129

Saint Louis: 12970 Maurer Industrial Drive Saint Louis, MO 63127

Fairview Heights: 110 Commerce Lane Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Broadview Heights: 5025 East Royalton Road Broadview Heights, OH 44147

Saint Charles: 3550 West Clay Street Saint Charles, MO 63301

Joplin: 809 Illinois Avenue Joplin, MO 64801

New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical college offering over 30 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs.

Programs : Associate in Science in Electrical Technology, and more.

Campus Locations :

Warwick: 2500 Post Road Warwick, RI 02886

Get hands-on training with Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute. Our campuses in New York and Connecticut can help give you career training in a wide variety of fields.

Programs : Electrical Systems Technician - Day, Electrical Systems Technician - Eve, and more.

Campus Locations :

Binghamton: 116 Front St Binghamton, NY 13905

Poughkeepsie: 26 S Hamilton St Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Danbury: 24 Shelter Rock Road Danbury, CT 06810

New London: 470 Bank St New London, CT 06320

Get a professional education designed with your future in mind at Kaplan College.

Programs : Diploma: Electrical Technician, and more.

Campus Locations :

Mcallen: 1500 South Jackson Mcallen, TX 78503

With Miller-Motte you can expect the focus to be on you, the student, and your career. We are committed to Changing Futures, Changing Lives, and it all starts with you. You can rely on challenging programs, interesting curriculum, and educators with industry experience preparing you for your new future.

Programs : Electrical Systems - Associate of Applied Science, Electrical Systems - Diploma, and more.

Campus Locations :

Madison: 1515 Gallatin Pike North Madison, TN 37115

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