The competency based Electrical Program at Worcester Technical High School starts students on a path to become a licensed electrician by providing the required entry level skills needed to gain employment as an electrician apprentice. However, the Electrical Program will also prepare students for several other career opportunities in the electrical industry. Students planning to attend college for engineering (electrical, mechanical, civil, etc.) or majoring in construction management will also benefit from the electrical program.

The Program Year by Year

Freshmen: Our exploratory program offers a mix of hands-on wiring projects designed to provide insight into what the electrical field entails. In addition, detailed information is provided on what it takes to become a licensed electrician, and other available electrical employment opportunities.
For students who decide to select the Electrical Program as their 4 year shop, our freshman program covers safety, hand tools and proper use, electrical materials, introduction to the National Electrical Code, wiring diagrams, and basic electrical theory. The freshman year projects cover several different wiring methods, and reinforce the basic electrical theory covered in the classroom.
As in all the programs at Worcester Technical High School, student safety is paramount.

Sophomores: In the sophomore year students work on projects that focus on residential wiring and associated National Electrical Code requirements. The program covers several different wiring methods including mechanical and hydraulic conduit bending and installation. Power tools and power tool safety is also covered.

Juniors: The junior year is focused more towards commercial/ industrial wiring methods. Electric motor controls and automation are covered in depth, the students complete a 10 hour OSHA safety certification, and the students are introduced to solar voltaic systems culminating with a springtime solar system class project. In addition, The junior students also do real-life hands-on electrical installation, repair, and maintenance projects throughout the school building under the supervision of their electrical instructor.

Seniors: Under the supervision of their shop instructor, seniors work on real-life outside the school projects within the city for non-profit organizations such as Habitat For Humanity and Mathew 25, as well as other community service projects. There is no better training than doing the real work. Blueprint reading, advanced electrical code, electrical system design, and business ownership is also covered.

Co-op: All juniors (2nd semester only) and seniors can participate in the co-op employment program. When on co-op, students report to a paid trade based job during their shop week. The number of available co-op positions vary from year to year, however students are allowed to procure their own electrical apprentice position at a local electrical contractor.

Requirements to become a licensed electrician in Massachusetts

Anyone wishing to become a licensed electrician in Massachusetts must serve an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship has hour requirements for both classroom hours and work hours.
600 classroom hours in a state approved program, and 8000 work hours working under the supervision of a licensed electrician are required. Once this is complete, the apprentice is eligible to take a written exam. If he or she passes the exam, they are a licensed electrician.

Upon successful completion of the Worcester Technical High School Electrical Program, students receive 300 classroom hours, and up to 1700 working hours towards their apprenticeship. This shortens the apprenticeship by more than 10 months.

Employment Opportunities

  • Licensed Electrician (Residential, Commercial, Industrial)
  • Utility Lineman
  • Utility Substation Mechanic
  • Elevator Mechanic
  • Systems Technician (Fire Alarm, Security, Video Surveillance, etc.)
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Electrical Equipment Sales

Places of Potential Employment

  • Self Employment
  • IBEW
  • Electrical Contractors
  • HVAC Contractors
  • Fire Alarm Contractors
  • Security Systems Contractors
  • Telecommunication Contractors
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Municipalities
  • Grocery Store Chains
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • And many others. Everywhere and everything has an electrical system.

Employment Outlook

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Worcester Technical High School Electrical Program In a Nutshell

  • Starts students on a path to become a licensed electrician.
  • Prepares students to enter work after high school as an electrician apprentice, utility lineman, data network installer, fire alarm technician, elevator installer, electrical controls technician, electrical sales, etc.
  • Provides up to 1700 working hours towards journeyman electrician licensure.
  • Provides 300 classroom hours towards journeyman electrician licensure.
  • Provides students with an OSHA 10 card necessary for employment in the construction industry.
  • Provides electrical and mechanical knowledge that is useful in many careers, and around the home.
  • Students gain knowledge that helps them in other academic subjects.
  • Gives college bound students a distinct advantage in electrical, electronic, mechanical, and other engineering programs as well as other college majors such as construction technologies and construction management.

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Trudeau, Jean
Electrical Department Head

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