Most Colorado electrician schools offer training through apprenticeship programs that may lead to certification as an electrician. Most electrician schools in Colorado are formed through the combined partnerships of local electrical unions and councils, area community colleges, and training centers. Usually the average apprentice must complete a four year program that includes approximately 600 hours of classroom training and 8,000 hours of job training under the tutelage of a licensed electrical mentor. Most apprenticeships may also pay students while on-the-job.
Electrician work is highly skilled, technical and dangerous. Much of the curriculum after the introductory phase typically tends to be hands-on using real equipment. Students may learn about the National Electrical Code (NEC), residential and commercial wiring, AC theory, basic electricity, blueprint and schematic reading, industrial electricity, occupational safety and health, and motor controls. Courses generally lead to a two-year associate’s degree or a short term diploma. The average electrical worker makes $23.20 an hour according to the latest data published by the United States Department of Labor. Job openings are projected to increase by 23% through 2020. Specialized careers in the electrical field include field service electricians and installation electricians.