Nearly every element of American society is dependent upon reliable electrical service. A recent study revealed a critical need to train and employ more than 250,000 skilled electrical workers to keep pace with energy demand over the next decade. The study, conducted by Klein Tools and the Accelerate Group, found that this demand is in response to the growing need to deploy millions of electric vehicle charging stations, infuse rapid acceleration of renewable energy development, and implement new building systems to meet clean energy standards. That is on top of the existing need for skilled electrical technicians as home and business construction continues to grow; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8 percent growth for electricians through the year 2029, a rate much faster than average for all occupations.
UEI College in Oceanside working to meet this growing demand by expanding its Oceanside Electrician Training Program. Applications are now being accepted, with classes starting on August 30. The electrician technician program has been offered at the UEI College campuses in Chula Vista and West Covina since 2019.
“UEI College’s electrician technician program is a timely answer to a critical need,” said Robyn Burrell, Director of Curriculum and Academic Services. “The program gets committed students up to speed, following an industry-recognized, hands-on curriculum that focuses on the skills that matter most to employers. In as few as 10 months, students will develop the skills and get the tools needed to work effectively in the electrician field,” Burrell said.
The Electrician Technician training program prepares students for an entry-level job in the residential, commercial, or industrial fields. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary training they’ll need as quickly as possible with career-focused courses that are personalized, hands-on, and tailored to the skills that employers look for most.
“At the completion of the program, students should be trained and confident, ready to tackle whatever challenges come their way,” Burrell added.
The training in UEI College’s electrician technician program teaches students the key techniques, problem-solving skills, and tools needed for the field. Students will receive practical, hands-on experience in lab environments and gain valuable experience through hands-on simulations featuring wiring simulation stations. Once enrolled in the electrician technician program, students will receive an Electrician Training Card, which allows them to work in the electrical field under the supervision and per the California Department of Industrial Relations.
UEI College offers comprehensive career and job placement services to all graduates, assisting them in finding employment in their field of study as they prepare to graduate.
“At UEI College, it is our goal to ensure students feel prepared, confident, and comfortable in their new skill set once they complete the program. Our Career Services Department is ready to answer any questions students may have. We support students in their job search by providing students with additional services that include resume preparation, mock interviews, and job assistance,” said Joan Yourstone, Vice President of Career Services.
The Electrician Technician program at UEI College prepares students for entry-level positions, such as electricians and security and fire alarm systems installers. With a career in this field, students can work for electric utility companies, electrical material sales, electrical contractors, warehouses, building maintenance, installation, and electrical part houses.
Other programs being offered at UEI College in Oceanside include the following:
- Medical Assistant Program
- Medical Office Specialist Training
- Dental Assistant Program
- Pharmacy Technician Training
- Criminal Justice Program
- Electrician Technician Training
- Business Office Administration Program
- Automotive Technician Program
- HVAC Technician Program
“UEI is a viable option for students who are not able to put their lives on hold for four years and attend a university,” said Alex Poyuzina, Campus President at UEI College Oceanside. “In as few as 10 months, you can learn the skills you need to start a career. We offer hands-on training from instructors who have a wealth of experience in the industries they teach.”