Build Your Future in Electrical Technology!

Prepare for a career in the electrical field with training at NOCE. Our Electrical Technology Certificate offers practical training to install, maintain, and repair electrical equipment and systems.

A photo of two electrical students. One is securing the light switch and checking wires, while the other student is wiring the switch to the main electrical source of power.

The Electrical Technology Certificate Program prepares students for entry-level employment in numerous electrical and electrical-related trades. The program integrates electrical theory with a hands-on application where students receive practical training to develop the foundational skills necessary to install, maintain, and repair electrical equipment and systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Please note that the Electrical Technology Certificate Program will not qualify students to work for a C-10 contractor and will not qualify students to sit for the state certification exam.

What You’ll Learn

  • Students who complete the program will learn to:
    • Develop math skills for the electrical trades
    • Design basic blueprints
    • Calculate circuit values of voltage, amperage, resistance, and power for direct circuits
    • Wire, assemble, test, and energize electrical projects
    • Understand safe work practices
    • Label, tabulate and compute alternating current distribution and loads
    • Connect single-phase and three-phase transformers and motors to industry standards
    • Select appropriate wiring materials for industrial projects according to the National Electrical Code
    • Properly perform 90-degree, offset type, and multiple bends with EMT and RMC conduits
  • To be eligible, you must:
    • Students must be 18 years or older
    • Complete an NOCE Admissions Application
    • Complete an online general orientation at least 24 hours before registering
    • Recommended: Have basic English language reading, writing, and speaking skills, and/or be at an ESL Intermediate Low level
    • Recommended: Have basic math skills
  • Program Guide and Resources

Get Started!

NOCE certificate programs can put you on the path for exciting new career opportunities and more earning potential. Get started today!

Electricians perform duties related to the installation, maintenance, and repair of a wide variety of electrical systems and equipment. Some responsibilities include disassembling and reassembling electrical equipment, replacing defective or worn parts, examining electrical units, measuring materials and cutting components for installation, and maintaining and transporting tools

Career Highlights and Opportunities

  • English language proficiency – reading, writing, and speaking skills at or above an ESL (English as a second language) Intermediate Low level
  • Ability to move and hold items with your hands
  • Active listening skills
  • Basic math skills
  • Integrity, dependability, independence, and attention to detail
  • Electricians
  • Electrical estimators
  • Electrical drafters
  • Line repairers and installers

* Previous work-related skills and experience are required for these occupations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I receive when finished and how long does it take?

    Students who complete the Electrical Technology program receive a certificate. The program can be completed in as little as 18 months. When you finish the certificate program, you can register to take the General Electrician’s Certification Exam.

  • How much does the program cost?

    The Electrical Technology Certificate courses at NOCE are tuition-free. However, students are responsible for covering the cost of textbooks, software, course supplies, and a parking pass.

  • What is the job and pay outlook in California?

    Career opportunities include:

    • Number of jobs in 2019: 9,790
    • 2018-28 projected job growth: 15.9% (much higher than average)
    • Entry-level pay in 2019: $38,802/annually, $18.53/hour
    • Median pay in 2019: $62,530/annually, $30.06/hour

    Note: Salary and employment outlook is for the Los Angeles/Orange County area of California, and will vary depending on skill, experience, employer, and geographic location.