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Prepare for a job in Electrical Technology. Carrington College’s Electrical Technology (ET) program is designed to provide fundamental, hands-on training for a career as an electrician.

At a Glance

  • Certificate of achievement in as few as 10 months

  • Associate degree in as few as 15 months

  • Conveniently available at the Trades Education Center in Phoenix

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Students in our Electrical Technology program will study and master the basic principles, applications, concepts and functions of electrical circuitry.

Upon completion of the Electrical Technology program, graduates will be able to:

  • Discuss theories of electrical circuitry and relate these concepts to practical applications.
  • Apply proper procedures for the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of residential, commercial, and light industrial wiring, electrical equipment and systems.
  • Demonstrate proper usage of the basic tools of the trade.
  • Demonstrate the basic use and application of the National Electrical Code.
  • Create effective reports and documents, electronically and in writing.
  • Apply advanced electrical concepts and critical thinking skills to interpret and create blueprint drawings for residential, commercial and light industrial facilities.
  • Adhere to national, state, and local safety practices used by technicians working in the electrical industry.

Career Opportunities

Electricians work to supply the power needed for everyday life in commercial, industrial and residential environments, which has led to an influx in electrical technology job opportunities.

The following are examples of what Electricians do, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Read blueprints or technical diagrams
  • Install and maintain wiring, control, and lighting systems
  • Inspect electrical components, such as transformers and circuit breakers
  • Identify electrical problems using a variety of testing devices
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using handtools and power tools
  • Follow state and local building regulations based on the National Electrical Code
  • Direct and train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or equipment

According to the BLS1, employment of electricians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, as fast as average for all occupations. Increases in construction spending and demand for alternative energy sources will drive demand for electricians. For detailed regional information please visit

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals in Electrical Technology.

Accreditation & Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit

Read Our Career Guide On Electrical Technology

An electrician designs, installs, maintains and repairs the electrical system in residential homes or commercial properties. This can include lights, appliances, equipment, motors and control systems.

Electrical Technology FAQ

What can I do with a certificate in electrical technology?

Students who obtain a certificate in Electrical Technology likely do so in hopes of becoming an electrician.  Electricians may design, install, maintain, and repair the electrical system in residential homes or commercial properties.2 There are a variety of electrician specialities, including:3 

  • Residential Electricians
  • Commercial Electricians
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Installation Electricians
  • Maintenance Electricians

Electricians may choose to work with a union, with a private company, or on their own as an independent contractor. 

What is electrical technology?

Electrical technology is an overarching field of study that focuses on installing and repairing electrical systems. At Carrington College, Electrical Technology is the program that helps students study and master the basic principles, applications, concepts, and functions of electrical circuitry.

How long does it take to get an electrical technology degree?

While obtaining a degree is a personal journey that can take more or less time depending on a variety of personal factors, students in Carrington’s Electrical Technology program can earn their certificate of achievement in as few as 10 months or an associate degree in as few as 15 months.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Electricians on the Internet at (visited October 05, 2021). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2020-2030 and may not reflect local economic conditions.