Electrical

Explore a Career in Electrical Technology

Interested in installing, maintaining, and repairing the electrical systems that power our world?
Want to work with your hands wiring homes, businesses, and industrial facilities?
If so,

Electrical Technology

might be the right area of study for you.

Imagine if all the electricity in your home shut off one day — no lights, internet, television, air conditioner, or refrigerator. Now, imagine you were the one person in your home who could fix all of that. You’d feel pretty amazing, and your family would agree. If the thought of working with tools, lighting, circuits, and wires every day gets you excited, consider an electrical program with Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP).

As a GAP apprentice, you will:

Gain the hands-on skills you need

Get paid to go to school and train

Earn a college degree for free

Companies will pay you to work as an apprentice. Plus, you get to earn a college degree for free, all while you’re still in high school — fast-tracking your way to a paycheck and a rewarding career.

Skills for Success in Electrical Technology

What if you could have a career doing something you enjoy while helping people at the same time? If you like the idea of repairing and replacing electrical parts and equipment, a job as an electrician could be the perfect fit for you.

Here are some characteristics workers in this field often have in common:

Interests

  • Technology 
  • Innovation
  • Electronics
  • Building
  • Machines
  • Repairing
  • Troubleshooting
  • System constructions

Skills

  • Technical ability
  • Physical stamina
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Mechanical ability
  • Hands-on work
  • Precision

School Subjects

  • Math 
  • Physics
  • STEM
  • English
  • Electrical systems
  • Technical/shop class
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The Future of an Electrician Career

Electricians are consistently in demand — as long as people rely on energy for their everyday needs, there will be a need to service and repair those systems. In fact, nearly 80,000 electrician openings are expected each year through 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and you could be one of them.

As an electrician, your day may involve troubleshooting malfunctions, upgrading systems, rewiring fixtures, or setting up new appliances. Many of today’s electricians also work with high-tech systems, like solar power and smart home technologies. The possibilities are endless.

You could work in any of these industries and more:
Jobs could be available with:
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Businesses
  • Private homes
  • Apartment buildings
  • Condominium associations

Needless to say, there are many opportunities for electricians in residential and commercial environments. You could even start your own business and be a self-employed electrician.

Keep in mind, the head start you gain from an apprenticeship could provide you with a higher-paying position sooner, which could help you earn more money more quickly throughout your career.

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Potential Apprenticeship Providers and Employers

At Guilford Apprenticeship Partners, we work with top electrical employers in the Piedmont-Triad area to provide the best hands-on apprenticeship training. Learn from experienced workers who live in your community, gain valuable skills, and develop strong connections.

Once your GAP apprenticeship is complete, you could continue working with your apprenticeship provider as a regular full-time employee. After all, our apprenticeship partners are looking to invest in you — building their next generation of skilled, loyal workers.

Learn more about our participating employers.

FAQs

Get answers to some of the common questions we hear from interested students just like you.

We provide apprenticeships for high school students throughout Guilford County, North Carolina, including Greensboro, Jamestown, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Oak Ridge, McLeansville, Pleasant Garden, Whitsett, and Sedalia.

No, students do not need to live in Guilford County, NC, or attend high school in Guilford County to qualify.

You can apply for our youth apprenticeship program starting your junior year of high school. If accepted, you start on-the-job training while you’re still in high school. You are paid for your work as an apprentice, and the cost of all of your tuition, books, and fees are covered as well.

You’ll earn a competitive hourly wage that increases as you progress through the program. Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship, you’ll have earned an associate’s degree from Guilford Technical Community College. If you’d like to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree, your associate degree credits are eligible for transfer to most state 4-year universities.

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Yes! In the Piedmont area alone, there are companies that install equipment at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, provide software support for Microsoft, and make equipment that is used on the International Space Station.

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